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    20th Century Miltiary History, particularly the Korean War. Outside of miltiaria, I am an industrial designer, model maker, and model artist. I am a 3d printing enthusiast and am currently a Rapid Prototyping Technician at Hasbro. This hobby and my job keep me quite busy, but I still have time to maintain an Alfa Romeo and skateboard every now and then.

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  1. Introduced in 1950 and worn for some time after. Ammunition Examiners, Royal Army Ordnance Corps and Assisstant Ammunition Examiners, RAOC (WRAC). per 1953 edition of Badges on Battledress. Just piggy backing on Stephen's information. Robert
  2. I saw this offered on ebay and looked into it wondering if it was possible the officer served in Korea. I contacted Audrey at Rhino Research and she came back with this: Charles William McKowen, No 328254 20 documents which include Service Cards, Attestation Document, Regimental Conduct Sheet, Application for Medals, medical documents and discharge documents. He was discharged in June 1946, and there is no record of him having served in Korea, in this file. Sadly it appears to have been stripped of insignia: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WW2-S-A-A-F-Tunic-And-Sam-Browne-/323732338178?nma=true&si=Y3szPrXUBUhmnky%2FwFA0uSvzpPY%3D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557 Hope that helps! Robert
  3. Hi Caz -- I can help you out. I will send you a PM with information, but for the sake of the forum I will detail that there are scattered online sources for U.S. research. WWII enlistment records are very valuable. Military Times Hall of Valor is also very detailed. both are missing probably millions of entries, though. Your best bet is to write to the National Personnel Records Center under Freedom of Information for records of service men discharged under 62 years ago or hire a researcher to pull the archival records. Even writing under FOIA is spotty. I can assist you with this if I know more details. Rob
  4. Thank you, Dick. Good to know. Perhaps when I have some more recreational funds in the collection account I can take the gamble. In the meantime, I have previously posted about the officer in question: Thanks, Robert
  5. I have just found this as well since it's recent resurrection and wanted to thank those who contributed. This information is indeed difficult to source and often unreliable, so thank you for clearing many things up. Rob
  6. Hello all - I'm interested in requesting service records for at least one British Army officer. I can not find a death record and I think the £30 price is a bit steep for what is a gamble - if he did not pass over 25 years ago I'm afraid they would not send back any useful information. I'm wondering if there are any independent researchers who visit the archives and can pull records? Here in the U.S. when requesting such information we are similarly limited if we are not next of kin. Requesting direct from the records center ranges from $35 to $75 and you never know if it will be useful information. So, I use a researcher/collector friend who is reliable and knows what to look for. Does anyone do this in the U.K.? Is it allowed? Would this yield more useful information? Thanks for the help, Robert
  7. Ah, thank you, Jerry! That makes sense now that both would show up frequently in searches. Now, post-1958 I understand that all regiments of the Lowland Brigade adopted the same cap badge, correct? So, Sommerville would have had this battledress with the officer's type bronze collar badges and worn a bonnet with RS tartan and the Lowland Brigade badge rather than the RS badge? Thank you! Robert
  8. For reference, here is his uniform. I am looking for the proper collar insignia to restore to it. I created a new topic under the appropriate forum as I don't know which design is correct for the collar dogs. I did photoshop the Major rank on as I need to find those as well along with the Lowland Brigade patch.
  9. Hi all -- I am looking for a pair of bronze collar badges to restore to a battledress (1950s era) that was worn by an officer of the Royal Scots. I am having great difficulty identifying the proper badge worn. I have this page printed from an unknown source that I received years ago with a purchase. You can see here that the badges look like those that I am finding for the Scots Guards (and the first-third rows on the image from 'the saleroom'). I find a lot of another type of badge for the 1st RS with the thistle, some holly leaves it looks like, and Royal Scots on a scroll beneath (see fourth-sixth rows). Which is the correct badge?? I know they must be the bronze service dress style, but which of the two should I be seeking? Here is the uniform I have. The pocket buttons are regimental and beneath the tartan is a ghost of the Lowland Brigade (or 52d Division). And the reference page that had be chasing what I think is the insignia for Scots Guards. Sorry for the poor quality, I snapped it quickly in low light this morning. And last, the image from the saleroom auction site that shows both types together.
  10. Hi Simon - Thanks for the help! Yes the 1966 list I was looking at is on Fold3, which I do have access to. In the uniform his name is written with 2 Ms, though records show both one and two. Here's some excerpts form the Gazette from 1954, 59, and 78 (79 I forget now that I clipped it).
  11. Hi all -- I am trying to learn about Donald Passmore Sommerville who servied with the Royal Scots from 1953 through at least 1979. I've found him in what resources I have available online - the Gazette which details his promotions and the 1966 Army List. I would like to request more records and learn which unit he served with in Korea (I would assume the 1st Royal Scots) and what he did later. I have his battle dress blouse which is partially complete and has the 1st R.S. tartan and Korea/UN medal ribbons. I can see where the rank of Major was removed from the shoulder straps, R.S. collar insignia once was, and where the Lowland Brigade patch was beneath the R.S. tartan. It would be nice if he was still alive, but I have no idea how to find him as I am still new to researching veterans of the U.K. I believe he was born in 1934 and married in 1960 to Elizabeth Capel, both events in England, though, so I'm not 100% sure it is him if he served with the Royal Scots in the T.A. I'd either like to write to him if he is alive or request his service records with permission from next of kin or if he passes over 25 years ago I suppose they will release the information I need. But, I can find no record of his death or residence. Thanks, Robert
  12. This PVA uniform was brought back as a souvenir by an American soldier in Korea. What I found most interesting was the faint remnants of P.O.W. written on the back in grease pencil or something like that. My question is, being a field grade officer, is this traceable in any way? I would be delighted to find a possible match to who wore this at that time. Thanks, Robert
  13. Another patch I have not found much info on...and perhaps it belongs in the French section? I have had this one for years and just rediscovered it. I hope I can use it to fund items within my focus, so I am curious about the value. I have seen a couple of pin on badges with this design, but never a patch. It seems like it holds some interesting history and maybe I will become attached to it...it was brought back by an American soldier who served in the war as a surgical technician. I wonder if he had responsibilities with the French as well, as he was of French descent? It makes me think of my great Uncle who I have a photo of wearing French wings on his pocket - he was never overseas, but trained French airmen in Florida.
  14. I think these badges are interesting, but I am hoping I can use them to add something to my collection that's within my focus. I post so infrequently and I feel bad to only post now to ask how much an item is worth, but I have found so few references for these. They were brought back by an American soldier along with another Free French Air Force patch. The helmet badge is aluminum and the paint has darkened/discolored making the blue field nearly black and the white field yellowed. The clip on the rear is broken on one side. The collar tab is nice, but fraying on the edges. Any help is great, thanks so much!
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