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  1. The answer is going to be provided by identifying the ribbon of the second cross, isn't it?
  2. This is not what you asked but, in case you didn't know, the hallmarks are for the Birmingham Assay Office and dated 1884. See this link, https://www.silvermakersmarks.co.uk/Dates/Birmingham/Cycle 1875-1899.html I can't identify the maker's name.
  3. The lack of sharpness compared with the Dorotheum example, even taking into account wear, makes me wonder if this is not a cast copy*. The plug hole is strange. All the examples in this thread have a suspension attached (soldered?) to the top of the medal rather than having a hole piercing the medal. Has this hole been made in a medal which had the top suspension removed? Furthermore, the plug appears to be of the same metal as the medal. In addition, it is almost invisible on the reverse. All of this makes me wonder whether it is a cast copy of an original which had it
  4. Gordon The Library of John F. Kennedy has got this seriously mixed up. The Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre looks like this: Source: https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/order-holy-sepulchre-vatican-grand-1908172190 As the Library's catalogue entry text says (my emphasis), So why would it be presented by the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem? This should have jumped out at the cataloguer, one would have hoped. That having been said, your advice to consult the office of the aforementioned
  5. The badge says Bombay Light Horse and, based on the link below, that seems right, https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/bosleys-military-auctioneers/catalogue-id-srbos10016/lot-b3904555-4341-492d-864d-a6f800dbc6f6
  6. Do you have the dimensions of this badge? As the surface of this example is uniformly flat, I find it hard to believe that this particular one was made from a coin. However, if we know its diameter, it will be possible to identify the coin it might be fashioned from. From my memory, the only one that might have been big enough would have been a 'half crown', which was made of silver, at that time, but was only 32mm in diameter (according to Wikipedia) so I wonder if it would have been big enough for this purpose.
  7. If the tunnel was closed off and the air in it used up by the unfortunate soldiers, I wonder if that might have created conditions whereby everything would have been preserved as they were on the day of the bombardment. The article also refers to mummification present in the bodies of, I think, the soldiers dug out of the tunnel found in the 1970s, another indication of optimal conditions for preservation. All of that being the case, I suppose it might be that items found in the tunnel would have appeared in auction houses - or the 'Bay - before long.
  8. A fascinating story, Claudius. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. For those who are interested, it concerns the fatal entombment of soldiers of the 10th and 11th companies of the 111th Reserve Regiment, during a French bombardment on 4 May 1917, and the recent rediscovery of the tunnel they were trapped in. Worth reading. Edited to add: I don't completely understand the seeming indifference of the German War Graves Commission (VDK) to identifying and reinterring the bodies.
  9. 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.
  10. 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?
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
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