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  1. Thank you for this further information, which does suggest what was behind the official thinking. However, as you have indicated, this prohibition doesn’t appear completely logical.
  2. This has been a very interesting thread and I join Graham and Ian in giving kudos to Utgardloki for correcting this misconception. However, it raises a new question, does it not? Why should members of the Nazarenes - a Christian sect - be prevented from being awarded the Karl-Truppenkreuz?
  3. Thanks for posting what is, perhaps, the final piece in the puzzle. This has been an interesting thread which has thrown a much needed light on the role of American volunteer medics in France before the official entry of the USA into the Great War.
  4. Thank you for the link to 'The Lost Legion'. What a shame it doesn't have an index! However, the search function indicates that there were no mention of our man in the text. He does appear in the Roll of Honour, however, which shows the names of the 1,500 who served. Interestingly, where appropriate, the MC (and other decorations earned) is shown as a post-nominal, giving an indication of how many were awarded, https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015039349421&view=1up&seq=413 The page linked to belowe shows the abbreviations used in the book for decorations awar
  5. Dom Thank you for posting the link to what looks like a fascinating paper, which I have saved for later reading. I suspect that, once it has been digested, it will give us much better insights into what seems to be a little known aspect of Anglo-American cooperation during the Great War.
  6. I wonder what kind of numbers these badges were made in? My point being, if the production run was in the many 10s or even 100s we, perhaps, shouldn’t expect to see the same quality as we find with Orders.
  7. Thank you for this interesting account. One correction, if I may. The Agnes Fyfe Hunter you have identified is, I believe, actually the aunt of his wife - not his wife (if she was, she would have been 58 when she had their daughter). Furthermore, they married in 1920 not 1926. It was the 'aunt' who died in 1946 not the wife (who died in 1968). The actual dates can be gleaned from the following extract of the marriage register (rather than post the whole sheet, I have posted the extract below and put the date in blue) and the probate register, None of this detracts from a great
  8. Thank you for your kind words, Dom. It sounds as if you have a lot on your plate at the moment (9" and 8"? Yikes!) so stay safe - and warm!
  9. Dom In the second post in this thread, I pointed you to a post you had made in the Great War Forum. I assumed that you would have read the next post in that thread, which answered your question. In it, the poster said that the war diary entry for 30 Sept 1918 noted that "Lt Raymond US Medical Corps is attached for duty". Here is that entry, from the war diary I downloaded using the link in the post from Great War Forums I have quoted above, We know from earlier posts in this thread that he was attached to a hospital when he first join the British forces in Feb 1917. He then wen
  10. The regulation you are quoting is the first one, which created the Military Cross on 28 December 1914, source: https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/29024/supplement/7 In 1916, and again in 1920, the regulations explicitly state that an officer can add MC after his name, as the extracts below show, source: https://digital.nls.uk/british-military-lists/archive/88424036 and following page source: https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/32130/supplement/11306
  11. Update: I made the post below before I read your latest post, Dom (it seems as if you got in just before me!), so it is now largely irrelevant but may be of some interest. Anyway, I am pleased that you now have an answer to the mystery which was bugging you! --- Some further thoughts. From the following Gazette entries, it would appear that Raymond left the British Army to serve with the US forces sometime in March 1918. The biog indicates that, after the war, he served again with the British Army and this, presumably, was why he received the honorary rank of Lieutenant on 27 March 1
  12. A further piece of evidence: an extract from his passport application made in Feb 1917 so that he could sail to the UK to serve in a military hospital (again from familysearch.org where the complete application can be found; link below). Source: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89X7-F9CT-2
  13. Thank you, Utgardloki, for your very interesting post on the different German scripts we might encounter in our researches. It has cleared up a number of issues in my own mind.
  14. I think you will find this short biog which I found on familysearch.org (link below) of interest as it gives more of his military service. It appears to come from something called the 'United States Deceased Physician File (AMA), 1864-1968' published by the American Medical Association, Chicago. Source: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9QP-KX83
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