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    Perth, Western Australia
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    I collect Southern Africa medal groups from 1853 through to 1994. This includes South Africa, Namibia, Rhodesia and GSWA and the campaigns that were participated in across Europe, North Africa, Korea and so on. In addition I am interested in SA Military and Police and any "foreign" groups with Southern Africa service.

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  1. Hi, at the risk of sharing info that you likely may already have, there is a Unit history that was published in 1972. It is called "The Police Brigade, 6 S.A. Infantry Brigade 1939 - 45" by Brigadier F.W. Cooper DSO. I believe they had the same uniforms as the UDF and a unit / brigade patch (need to check), that was circular in form with the top half coloured in gold and the bottom in green. I stand to be corrected on this, but I suspect the patch, which was worn on the upper sleeve, was the SA Police Brigade patch made up of two Battalions of regulars and one from the reserves
  2. Hi, since my last post in February (has it been that long😲), I have come across some additional information that may be of interest. His serial number of 323747V falls in the block of numbers allocated to 2 (Cape) Bn, 1 Reserve Brigade. Just a heads up, it is a handwritten list and "2 (Cape) Bn" part of the unit is difficult to make out clearly.
  3. I am sure that DENEL / AUD would assist with copies of his service record. However it is possible to narrow down the unit he attested to when joining the UDF. Based on the number 214473, it indicates that he joined the "South African Railways & Harbour Brigade"
  4. I have not posted for some time, so am in the process of catching up, when I noticed this thread. Not sure if you have reached out to Dewald as yet, but in looking at his force number of 21 723, some info can be gleaned: 1. Based on the block numbering used by the Union Forces, it indicates that he was a member of "Regiment President Steyn" 2. The South Africans who went "up North" were all volunteers. He was amongst the first 22 000 volunteers for the UDF.
  5. Agree with Paul, although it is a great miniature group with the old ribbons. Congratulations on getting it.
  6. Great to see and thank you for the link to the article. Believe it or not I own two biographies on him and not one had a photo of the group.
  7. Hi, I was at the museum last year Sept and it was definitely not on display. Perhaps they have a photo in the library. Good luck with that....
  8. Hi, I recall seeing the group at the SA Museum of Military history (renamed as above) many years ago. At one point there was a reported theft of a VC group, after which I was told the family had reclaimed the group. Unfortunately this is anecdotal at best.
  9. Hi, I agree with Michaels info on the dog tag. In terms of medals potentially missing, it is difficult to say from what is presented. If he had signed up and only served in the borders of South Africa during the war, his entitlement would likely only be the two medals i.e. War medal 39-45 and the Africa Service medal. However if the Italy Star ribbon is relevant, then he would likely be missing at least one or more of the following, depending on service: 39-45 Star, Africa Star and Italy Star. The only way to know for sure would be to contact the SANDF Archives in Pretoria and reques
  10. Hi, I can confirm that the SAAF did have a Aerial Photographer half wing, reference C149 in Colin Owen's book "The Military Badges & insignia of Southern Africa. The LF (Lug Fotograaf) is the Afrikaans for AP (Air Photographer). As to scarcity and using the RAF wing I am not able to answer your question, except that those SAAF personnel seconded to RAF units were known to at times wear the RAF equivalents on uniform
  11. Hi, I have done some further reading and the Q.S.C is interesting, in the Tylden's "Armed Forces of South Africa" it is also only referred to as "Q" Service Corps. It was established in Nov 1939, taking over the clothing, SA Service Admin, Pay & Clerical Corps. the approximate strength was 950 officers and 12 700 other ranks
  12. Hi Duncan The records are unfortunately not online, so you will have to contact a researcher based in South Africa. Two researchers that I know, and believe are also members of this forum, are DENEL (Dewald Nel - Nel's Antiques) or Aud (Audrey Portman from Rhino research). I have used both in the past with good results. For some reason I cannot seem to find the list of GMIC members tonight. Regards, Gavin
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