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  1. INTRODUCTION TO "SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE MEDAL OF HONOUR FOR COURAGE AND FAITHFULNESS" In the early 1960s, a decision was made to award a medal to those police dogs who distinguished themselves in the line of duty. This medal, entitled the Medal of Honour for Courage and Faithfulness, was awarded for the first time in 1964. The award was to be considered annually on the recommendation of the Commanding Officer of the Dog School. In a move to keep costs to a minimum, and also possibly as a result of the Police Good Service Medal serving a dual purpose of being an award for long service as well as an award for gallantry, redundant stocks of this medal were used for the above award. The medal was issued named around the rim to the dog and it appears that only the third issue of the Police Good Service Medal was used for this award, presumably as a result of this issue being the only redundant stock available. Over the years, however, there has been no uniformity in the issuing of these awards. While some awards were the standard Police Good Service Medal, other awards have had the reverse inscription of the Police Good Service Medal removed, and have been engraved with a variety of inscriptions. These inscriptions all appear to be in Afrikaans. The award was officially known as the South African Police Medal of Honour for Courage and Faithfulness. In numerous Force Orders. However, it has been given various other designations such as Medal for Courage and Loyalty, Medal for Distinguished Service, Medal of Honour for Faithful and Meritorious Service and Medal of Honour for Courage and Loyalty. These errors, and lack of uniformity are possibly as a result of there being no official documentation available for the institution and awarding of this medal. It is possible that over the years, those tasked with compiling the memorandum and those involved in translating citations from Afrikaans to English and vice versa, for publication in Force Orders, have used their own interpretation of the title of the award instead of adhering to the officially accepted title. The medal was awarded suspended from a ribbon which was long enough to be sewn into a loop to be suspended around the neck of the dog. Once again there has been no uniformity as far as the ribbon is concerned, with some awards being issued with the original Police Good Service Medal ribbon while others have been awarded suspended from a dark blue ribbon with a wide yellow central stripe. Two different sizes of this blue and yellow ribbon have been used. The first is 30mm wide and has a central yellow stripe of 9mm wide. The second is 44mm wide and also has a central stripe of 9mm. The diversity of the ribbon used, the variety of the inscriptions on the reverse of the medal and the naming details around the rim, have made it impossible to give a general description of this award in respect of the above details. For this reason, where the medals have been available, the ribbon details, obverse details and the naming details around the rim have been given at the end of each dog's citation. Over the years, the rule was for the dog handler to return his dog's medal to the South African Police Dog School in Pretoria on the death of the dog. It appears, however, that this rule has not been adhered to as to date (2001), the dog school is in possession of only six medals. From 1963 to 2001, a total of 33 awards have been traced. ----------------------- Found this on the internet, thought it was of interest to collectors. Marcon1
  2. Hi, Can anyone tell me which Lebowa (former South African Homeland) medals these are. All I know is that the ribbons are wrong AND ......... that's it Thank you Marcon1
  3. Why do I like to collect South African medals ? Answer, because there is so many variety in them. Take a look at these for instance. SAP Cross for Bravery (PCF) - 1st Type (1963-1989) Awarded for conspicuous and exceptional gallantry in the line of duty, or in protecting or saving life or property. Only 13 decorations were awarded - the first recipient (1964) was Sgt J.R. Nienaber, who drowned while trying to rescue a man from the sea. Superseded by a new decoration of the same name. Insignia: A gold layered cross, depicting a smaller cross on a gyronny background inside a blue circle inscribed "Vivit Post Funera Virtus" (obverse), and the national coat of arms (reverse). Worn on a neck ribbon. SAP Cross for Bravery: Gold (PCFG) (1989-2004) Awarded for outstanding bravery in extreme danger. First awarded (1991) to Maj André du Toit, for twice single-handedly disposing of bombs, and for bravery while leading a raid on an armed fugitive's hideout. Insignia: Same design as the 1963 PCF, but smaller and with a narrower ribbon, and worn on the chest. NOTE Diff. Coat of Arms and marked 9ct at bottom. NOTE Diff. Coat of Arms and no marking at bottom. SAP Cross for Bravery: Silver (PCFS) (1989-2004) Awarded for exceptional bravery in great danger. Insignia: Same design as the PCFG, but in silver. NOTE Diff. Coat of Arms and marked SILVER at bottom. NOTE Diff. Coat of Arms and no marking at bottom. SAP Cross for Bravery (PCF) - 2nd Type (1989-2004) Awarded for bravery while in danger. Insignia: Same design as the PCFS, but in lower-grade silver. NOTE marked 925 on lower half of cross. NOTE no markings. This is just one type of medal, but almost all medals from South Africa come with varieties for the collector to look out for. So have fun. Regards, Marcon1. (ribbons and text Arthur Radburn).
  4. Hi Arthur, Thanks for the usefull information. Order of Transkei (1987-94) Awarded in five classes: Grand Cross (GCT) - gold Grand Officer (GOT) - silver Commander (CT) Officer (OT) Member (MT) Any idea which class it is ?? === Order of the Aloe (1976-94) In a single class. Pictures are of 2 diff. - silver gilt and silver, thus 2 diff. classes ?? ==== On the 4th. one is says Pro Patria Medal. - Is that a clue to which class ?? ======= With thanks, Marcon1. PS: Info on orders from your very usefull listings on the Internet (which I no longer can find, did you remove them or did you list them somewhere else ?) maybe you should list them here on the forum for all to use and see (just an idea ).
  5. Hi, Does anyone know what these are. They all have the Coat of Arms of Transkei on their back. I can't find any information about these "medals/orders/decorations". Pictures 2 and 3 have a front that looks like some Lebowa medals have and picture 4 has a Coat of Arms that looks a bit like the one from Kwazulu ?!?!? With thanks. Marcon1
  6. Hi Peter, If this was a civilian award than why does a Commanding General (thus military) award it ?? Even if this medal was awarded to civilians working for the military it would still make it a military award ! SWATF were South African troops helping SWA police in their fight against SWAPO.
  7. Hi, Can anyone tell me more about this medal ? The first picture is from an older thread. I have tried googling it but can not find any more info. It's not in the listing of SWA medals.
  8. Hi, Just found this info on Wehrmacht-Awards.com His Interimstab was made of gold and with the same model as those of the Luftwaffe, and the name "H. Goering" engraved on the base. The body was of ivory and white entwined cord dracona white, black and red. Measured 78.5 cm. Also found 2 possible places where it might be. Generalfeldmarschall Hermann Goring Currently at theNational Infantry Museum, Fort Benning/Columbus (Georgia, USA) His second model, present at the West Point Museum.
  9. Hi, Are these of any help ? If not, try Google images with "color photo's of Goring" as search instruction. Regards, Marcon1.
  10. Thanks Arthur. PS: I can't find your listings anymore. They appeared on Geocities first and than on another website, now if I look for them I get the notice saying it was removed. Any plans to bring them back, maybe here ??
  11. Hi, I was wondering if someone could confirm my thinking concerning these 2 medals. KZCS Star for Merit – Officers (SPM) (1990-94/1990-1996) KZCS Medal for Merit (1991-94/1991-1996) Insignia: A circular silver medal displaying a traditional head-ring within a wreath of leaves (obverse) and the KwaZulu coat of arms (reverse). Ignore the ribbons, more than likely the wrong ones. It's the medals that are the subject, almost identical except for the star ! My thinking is, that the one with the star is the Star for Merit-Officers and the one without the star the medal for Merit AND not 2 versions of the same (2nd) medal. Can anyone confirm if I'm right/wrong, and if wrong, does anyone have a explanation for the Star. Also, a picture of the Star for Merit-Officers would be helpfull. With thanks, Marcon1.
  12. Hi all, Found these on Ebay. Who can tell me more about them, i.e. official/unofficial, from which country and any other info you may have. It had the following text with it: Two Medals plus two Miniatures + the order of the tortoise The 'star' reads "ATAVIS ET ARMIS" The medal reads "ORDO MILITARIS ET HOSPITALARIS SANCTI LAZARI IERUSALEM" with " FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE TO THE GRAND BAILIWICK OF SOUTH AFRICA" The "Order of the tortoise" according to the seller/owner: quote "was created to encourage all things scottish. I'm not sure how official the order was but there were only about 10 made". ------------------------------------ I'm especially interested to know more about the South Africa connection. With thanks. Marcon1.
  13. PS: Has anyone any idea from which book this comes, would like to know. Thanks. PPS: Just found the answer = Awards of the South African uniformed public services, 1922-1987: The South African Police, South African Railways Police, South African Prisons Service – 1988 by: S Monick (Author)
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