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  1. Thanks Peter. I have a pair of South African 2nd Regiment collar badges each with the Maker's Mark of G & S Co 112 Regent St W. I remember hearing that the four South African Infantry regiments and other associated units (Heavy Artillery, SASC, e.tc.) had to get their badges made in England as they were volunteer units and fell under the British Army. Anyway, as you say, a nice find and one I will happily keep.
  2. Here is something interesting. Never seen one before. A South African Infantry Cap badge with the TIPTAFT B.HAM Maker's Mark stamped on the back.
  3. Interesting set that I came across. From what I gathered the helmet flashes are South African Service Core.
  4. I have been able to do a bit of research on these medals but the rest seems to be behind a pay wall. Both the War medal and Victory medal are named the same - E Colbert VAD. The only person with that name and detachment seems to be an Elizabeth Colbert who joined the Voluntary Aid Detachment in 1914. The two medals also came with a Worker's or Women's Volunteer badge numbered 100348 manufactured by Gaunt London. Is there any way to gather more information to determine if I indeed have the right person and also more information on person themselves? Thank you. Regards, Chris
  5. Hi gents Some new badges I recently got possession of. Two command bars, Witwatersrand Group 41 as far as I could determine. The Rover Scouts badges, including a hat plume and RS title. Don't know about the rifle cloth badge or the 'WR' badge. Always interested in the knowledge if anyone has some ideas. Regards, Chris
  6. Thank you Mike. A few questions. What would you classify the 'UMR' badge as? A Boer War era shoulder title, a slouch hat badge.. I found a Bethune's Mounted Infantry badge awhile back that I thought was a shoulder title but turned out to be a slouch hat badge so it's confusing as to how to categorise the badges. Would the snippet posted above be incorrect with regard to the time period? Regards, Chris
  7. Found a bit more information online. This from a snippet from an auction for the book: Du Plessis, A.J. The Umvoti Mounted Rifles. According to the snippet, the badge above is number three in the picture. Under number 3 is written, as best as I can make out.. "Gilded metal slouch hat badge. Two gnus galloping on ground, below the ground a scroll inscribed with the motto 'Toujours Pret'. In the area between the ground and the scroll, the letters UMR, worn prior to 1902, the greatest width being 2 something inches." Does anyone have access to this book? Reason for edit: Just learned another name for wildebeest are gnus.
  8. Thought I would update this post. As far as I've been told, the cap badge relates to the post Boer War era up to World War One and the UMR title is a Boer War era slouch cap badge. I'm still learning so if any information can be added, please feel free.
  9. Hi all. Long time no see. Found a few badges and a shoulder title relating to the Umvoti Mounted Rifles today. A few mysteries though, at least for me. Most of the cap badges I see don't contain the motto but the one I found contains the motto 'Toujours Pret' plus 'UMR' above that. The shoulder title is interesting as it does look hand made with the maker's mark 'A Huber Greytown' on the back. Any info would be appreciated. Thank you.
  10. Thank you. A pity he didn't keep his badges.. or perhaps the family lost them at some point? Just nice to pick up a piece of history every now and again. I might even try shaving with his razor at some point. It's still sharp enough to remove some arm hair and has no chips so just needs a clean, hone and strop. Thank you for the extra information. Makes some sense considering one of the cards has the Royal Welsh Fusiliers emblem on it.
  11. I can try but I can't promise anything, got a normal day to day camera that isn't great a focusing on intricate detail. Edit: Nevermind, I can post the pictures from the auction...
  12. I purchased these medals and some other history related to him off our local auction site. He was in the Royal Engineers Corps. Would be interested if anyone knows more. However, included in this lot was his razor and a few postcards to his children. All kept very well. His full rank and numbers are : 264367 SPR J.H. Dickinson. R.E. Trying to upload some pictures...
  13. Hi Chris

    Nick, our fearless leader, has given me the 'power' to move posts, so I did. I think it will get mnore views here, as the Africa forum is almost excluseivley used by a handful of collectors of post colonial ODM.  Again, thanks for a fine post on an interesting topic.


  14. Thank you. Moving the thread is fine by me. My mistake. I actually missed the British Empire forum for different colonies and went straight to Africa, since that is where the soldier fought and where he was given the tin. Can't wait to get the medals and see what extra information I can obtain about him. I almost completely missed the first pencil, the one with the crack in the casing. I had been looking for years to find one of these special pencils but didn't want to buy online. Was in a box mixed in with a bunch of other items and almost mistook it for a mere bullet! Spoke to the seller and he said he didn't even know what it was and just brought the box along to the flea market to clear out.. quite lucky as things go. Unfortunately, I didn't find any other finds in said box.. I even asked if by chance it came with one of the khaki writing folders... haha, got to try your luck sometimes!
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