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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. Agree with Paul, although it is a great miniature group with the old ribbons. Congratulations on getting it.
  2. 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.
  3. 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....
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Hi, can help with some of them: A.S.C - Army Service Corps A.C.F - Active Citizen Force Q.S.C - A reference lists it as "Q" Services Corps. Perhaps "Quartermaster"? N.M.C - I have found the "Natal Medical Corps", but this was much earlier so perhaps not I will see if I can find anything more over the weekend Regards Gavin
  10. The book you mention was essentially the only one for many years and is still a good reference for the period. Another book that came out a few years ago is "A Guide to South African Military Awards" by Paul Matthysen. This is a good reference for the different types found e.g the various Pro Patrias but not much on numbers. Apart from Barron et al there are the Forsyth rolls for commonwealth awards. I stand to be corrected but believe little if any info on up to date numbers for SA awards is available from the SANDF (SADF was combined with MK and APLA post 1994, to form the SANDF, so strictl
  11. Good progress on your SA medals
  12. Hi, just as an FYI, there is currently a copy of the book by Alexander, Barron & Bateman available on Bid or Buy (SA). (Note, I have no link to the seller)
  13. Hi, not sure if you have seen the following two books: 1. South African Orders, Decorations & Medals, by Alexander, Barron & Bateman. 2. A Guide to South African Military Awards, by Paul Matthysen The first has been out of print for some time! But both do turn up on "Bid or Buy" or some of the South African dealers / auctioneers
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