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  1. I've also really liked this image. The old grizzled veteran and his wife. I think the wife is wearing her best (looks to be a paisley patterned shawl) and is almost smiling (not common at that time as it was a serious matter to go get your photo taken). The Paisley design first appeared around 200AD in Persia - during the 1600s the Paisley pattern started to appear on shawls imported by the East India Company. In the 1800s the weavers in the town of Paisley, Scotland became the primary producers of the pattern due to their skill in producing the design in more than two colours.
  2. Paul, This is an ambrotype photo - a positive photo on glass - (ie there's only one, like a polariod or a print on paper). They were started to be used around 1850 and were superseded by the Tintype process around 1860. Produced in that 10 year period then. The MGSM was approved in 1847 (which had to be retrospectively applied for) and awarded for campaigns between 1793 and 1814. So our man in the picture above could have been 18ish in 1793 or 18ish in 1814 to give his age between 56 and 87. I'd put him in there somewhere. Cheers, Steve
  3. Alex, thanks for that. It seems to be the only choice as I really can't find a match with any other medal given the close up of the photo. Which is why I went for the GSM in the painting. Cheers, Steve
  4. Looks to be matching turtle pattern camo rather than the 1918 Ludendorff black (finger width) outlined angular camo. I assume done post war rather than all from the same unit ignoring the helmet camo order. See, you've got to be careful with those supposed wartime camo helmets. Even Walt Disney said he painted them up after the war to shoot full of holes and sell onto collectors.
  5. Given the dates (1850-60) of the ambrotype in my posting about the unknown medal, I've taken the decision to go for the Peninsular War. He's now propped up in the workshop/cave.
  6. I've posted this picture previously but was never really happy that the medal was nailed down. The picture is easily found on t'tinternet and has various captions associated with it. The seated gent is always seen as a veteran but it varies from Waterloo, Peninsular Wars to the Crimean and the US Civil War. It's an Ambrotype photo on a glass plate from around 1850-60. It was found at an auction (Christie's I think) by Bruce Bernard in the 1970s who later tracked it down again for inclusion in his book "photodiscovery". The caption in this book reads "Veteran of Waterloo and his wife"
  7. This is just astounding, I can see why it took so long, how is it possible to match the places so well
  8. I suppose he could've fought for both sides - maybe lost a finger to the Russians and another to the Germans - now that would've been a story not to miss. Steve
  9. Ravs Try the Keep Military Museum in Dorchester: https://www.keepmilitarymuseum.org/history/first+world+war/the+dorsetshire+regiment Steve
  10. Brian, sorry, not a comment on your blog just an amazed reaction to Colin's first ever oil painting on canvass. Colin, just wow my man. Applause all round I think and other superlatives from someone who's tried to paint for many years. Bugger.
  11. Thanks Peter, hope your retirement is going ok. No idea how I ever had the time to go to work, but retirement is miles and miles better. Otto Carius of 2.sPzAbt 502 - the ones with the painted woolly mammoths - and another Tiger destroyed 17 tanks including a JS-1 in a 20 minute action in Malinava (Eastern Front). He is credited with over 150 kills and the only Tiger to have shot down an aircraft! He said it took his gunner two shots before he got one though - good grief. After the war he gained the qualifications and opened a chemist called 'Tiger Apotheke'. His book "Tigers in the
  12. It's been hanging around in a rather large box for a while, so while I'm waiting for the Triumph spares shops to catch up on deliveries: Looks quite good perched on an old ammo box
  13. Martin Don't bother, these are relatively cheap so wait and get a good matching numbers pair. They are fairly easily obtained from most dealers or shows. Steve
  14. Gents, thank you very much. Just shows how a bit of research can bring a great big piece of history to light. I'm looking forward to see if his relatives can shed some more light on him.
  15. Why does the painted portrait, as seen at the bottom of post #4, show a medal bar with awards not listed? Thanks muckaroon
  16. Martin Don't know much about these M1 shells, and absolutely hardly anything about the liners. The shell batch number looks good to be WW2, up into the 1000s is post war on McCord, has it got a rolled elongated S under the elongated number? Then it's Schlutler and defo WW2. Caused by the stamp on the metal batch before rolling/pressing. Chin strap is stitched on rather than clip, front seam, stainless rim, yep. Are there stress fractures around the back? then yes, more so. Sorry, don't really know anything about the doibys, liner. I think some are date stamped in the crown. Ther
  17. During the completion of this, I found a contact for some of John's family while searching the internet. Lots of people do the ancestry thing these days. I've been in touch and have sent them a copy of the above.
  18. 17 July 1944 Almost all the men of the Cabanatuam Camps, about 1600, are lined up along Pier No.7 in Manila harbour. They board the 6,527 ton rusting cargo ship “Nissyo Maru”. One of the infamous “Hell Ships” used to transport slave labour to Japan to help the war effort. During WW2 some 50,000 POWs boarded Japanese ‘Hell ships’. 21,000 didn’t survive the journey. The POWs are packed into the holds, at around 9pm a few large buckets of rice were lowered down. Men too weak didn’t eat, mouths too dry due to no water all day couldn’t swallow the rice. Most of the men have dy
  19. 7 January 1938 John James Mott, 19 years old, enlists into the United States Marine Corps at the Recruiting Station in Washington D.C. 4 February 1938 Gertrude Lawrence (John’s Mother), now divorced and re - married to Sheriff William Hiram Lawrence in Palm Beach, Florida, signs as Mother and Legal Guardian consenting to his 4 year service enlistment. 7 March 1938 Private John J. Mott is given his travel orders to report to the Commanding Officer, Recruit Depot, Paris Island, South Carolina. Commonly known as “boot camp” - 7 weeks of training that must be successfully
  20. Mott, John James 263947 USMC Semper Fidelis
  21. Gents A WW2 4th Marine POW Group. The medals came with a fairly thick folder of paperwork - I assume copies of and from the USMC records that are obtainable from the US Archives. With a bit of Mr. Google's help and a sort through the folder:
  22. Martin The newer split pins (1940ish - they may be dated but probably best not to play with them too much to see) are holding the finished colour better than the older helmet. The steel alloy of the later split pins never seem to rust as much as the steel helmet so the paint looks better. Roller buckles are pretty rare. Some were manufactured through the 20s and clip onto the helmet bale/d ring with a steel clip and are sewn on at the other side. These are normally only found on transitional helmets (M16/M17etc), sometimes used on early M35s. All chin straps were basically the same f
  23. Martin Really nice 'piece of history' helmet you have there. Looks to be an early war replaced liner and chinstrap but probably not the drawstring. I'm guessing an ET helmet, liner being marked as 57 would make it an ET64? and shrapnel damage from a H-RTS230/245 given the shape of the dent. Any other feelings Gents? Steve
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