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  1. Have a set of medals with the prefix 'WN'. My understanding is that it stands for 'Women's Auxiliary Navy'. Is that correct?
  2. Picked up an interesting WW2 pin badge today. Definitely SAAF but don't quite know exactly what squadron or wing it relates to. I'm thinking it's 5th Wing, which was the transport wing of the SAAF, who I imagine had a detachment at Juba which was one of the staging points along the route from South Africa to Cairo. Anyone else have some ideas?
  3. Thank you Peter. Yes, a rather mixed lot. Don't exactly know where to post sometimes. Bit of guess work. I think you might be right about the Irish patches. Also picked up a set of WW1 medals to a L-2110 DVR. R. Bushell. R.A. with the lot. Don't know if there is a connection there.. Also picked up another set of medals. A WW1 1914-15 star and WW2 African Service Medal and British War Medal. The WW1 medal reads BOMBR. E.D. Rom 8th Cit. Batt. and the two WW2 medals WN 615896 E.Rom. Thanks for the help.
  4. I was hoping for some helping regarding a few of these badges and medallions. Most are Italian Fascist badges plus Italian Colonial Battles Medals pre-WW2. Not too clued up on the two 'shamrock' Irish cloth badges - are these formation patches or something else entirely? The one that has me stumped though is the one on the top left. It is a badge with a gladius chopping the head off of a snake with the Cross of Lorraine in the background in red enamel. Possibly Free French or some such. Any help would be appreciated. Regards, Chris
  5. Hi Arthur I think you are correct about the Southern Rhodesia connection. Do you think it could be an old high school that used to be active during that time? The 'OH' could be something Highschool...
  6. Got some information on the helmet flashes. Apparently they belong to the South African WW2 National Reserve Volunteers. The one advertising pin is for Meltonian shoe polish from the 1930s. I have no idea what the 'ISPCS' stands for though. The Albion Leyland Scammell badge seems to be quite rare, a trucker's button hole badge of some sort. Still can't find anything on the other two badges.
  7. A few of these might be military but not sure where to place them. A couple cloth flashes. Could be Artillery.. Then a few badges. Query relates to the advertising badges and not the two sweetheart badges. Any help would be appreciated.
  8. Found some more interesting badges over the festive season. Some good finds include the Northern Rifles collar badge and a Western Province Mounted Rifles shoulder title. A world war one Imperial service and a South African Motorcycle Corps shoulder title. A 1st South African Mounted Rifles shoulder title. Also found an interesting cut out version of the early South African Railroad cap badge. Comes with two lugs on the back, could be silver. As always, any other information or interesting facts about these badges would be kindly apprecia
  9. The medal is cupronickel. I would try some rubbing alcohol and see if it removes it. These British War Medals are not expensive. If it's a family medal I would understand the need to send it off for proper care but I would save the money and look for a better candidate. Regards, Chris
  10. Thanks Peter. A couple nice ones I've been looking for and some in pairs too. The Diamond Field Horse, Johannesburg Mounted Riles, Dukes of Edinburgh's Own Volunteer Rifles, Transvaal Cycle and Motor Corps and the WW1 South African Field Artillery titles were my prime picks. A really well rounded collection too. Some from the Boer War, others from World War One and Two and a few from the SADF days. I forgot to include a couple others in the pictures that allowed me to pair up with a few singles I had on hand. Regards, Chris
  11. Was lucky enough to purchase these about two weeks ago. Some really nice finds among the batch. Only two are missing a lug each, the rest are in great condition. Still don't know whether to label the "NR" badges as Northern Rifles or Northern Rhodesia..
  12. Did determine most of the collar badges. The top one is a white metal First City Volunteers collar badge worn prior to 1902, number 84 in Owens. The next two badges seem to be collar badges from the Irish Leinster Regiment. The castle and key is for the Suffolk Regiment and the last collar badge belongs to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Any other info on the chevrons would be appreciated.
  13. Would it be better to place this under the Great Britain: Militaria: Badges, Uniforms and Equipment sub forum instead?
  14. Here are a bunch of badges that I saw whilst at a local flea market today. I could kick myself for not taking one specific one. Would be interesting to see if the gents here can spot which.. I was lucky enough to come away with some good finds though. I don't really collect the British badges but there were two WW1 Royal Flying Core cap badges in this lot. A bit too expensive for my tastes though so I left them. The second picture shows the badges I did end up buying. Five collar badges, a WW2 Dukes shoulder title and three sets of British WW2 cloth rank insignia. If anyone see
  15. Afternoon Mike Thank you for the response. Just to get the terms correct and please forgive me for something that might sound a bit silly to the more longer term collectors here.. By 'theater made' do you mean made in the field of operations locally or made for use in reenactments of the battle and as such is more of a replica? Chris
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