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  1. I'm not sure the Nigeria note is accurate. He was in Kenya and Swaziland in the early 1960s with the Gordons...I assumed the auction notes weren't done very meticulously. Robert
  2. I'm very interested to find who won this auction: https://auctions.elstobandelstob.co.uk/past-auctions/elstob10034/lot-details/5a4c3e52-d387-4961-a58a-acc5014e066b?utm_source=barnebys&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=barnebys&utm_content=2021-02-20 Had I known it was available I would have bid generously....I have been researching Durbin for a few years and sadly his collection was scattered. "A LARGE QUANTITY OF DOCUMENTS FROM THE POST WWII ERA, all relating to Capt. J T D Durbin, Gordon Highlanders in the Nigerian campaign (quantity) The absence of a Conditi
  3. Korean period -- anything showing uniform wear, gear, insignia, and group or notated photos. As it is an officers' world in researching the UK forces it's always nice to find notated bits for other ranks. Thanks, Robert
  4. Hi Bas -- thanks for the reply, this is incredible. I'd love to support you and purchase your book - is amazon the best place or is buying direct from you better? I have pretty much accepted that I won't be finding much about Jillett. It seems like a misfit unit that no one really took responsibility for historical records and they were simply there for a crucial job. Feel free to email or message via my website. I am sure I will have more questions after reading your book and especially if you have unique sources. Thanks, Robert
  5. Thanks for the reply! And after many years....we meet. I suspect this could be a centerpiece in any collection, but should you ever wish to pass it on, please let me know. At the time this was for sale I had little knowledge of British items and didn't understand the price point (plus emedals is typically on the higher end) nor did I appreciate his WWII service. Definitely a beautiful collection of items and a rare uniform. What sort of content is included in the photos and documents? If you are able to photograph or scan I am always looking for units photos or notated photos and ro
  6. Hi all -- as I pick up documents, journals, and photographs I will be adding them to the Library & Archives portion of my website. So far there are only a few items, so this is really not anything extensive, but I have dreams. For my own interests I hope to pick up many of the issues of Tiger & Sphinx (if you have any to contribute or loan, I would appreciate it). https://www.rcmcollection.com/Archives I hope there may be something of use.
  7. This is one group that I should have purchased when it was available. I regret not buying it and would like to find who owns it to beg and plead with them. Does anyone know? https://www.emedals.com/a-second-world-war-korean-war-group-to-the-royal-artillery
  8. Definitely, and I've referenced your posts often. I have one French group I am researching but only U.S. groups for medals. Most of the Commonwealth and other UN types are out of my budget or not identified....
  9. I just purchased this magazine which has some information on the games. It might not be anything groundbreaking, but I found the entire magazine interesting: https://www.rcmcollection.com/Archives/UNITED-NATIONS-P.O.W.s-IN-KOREA
  10. I hope this uniform is a welcome addition to the topic though it is a bit more contemporary than most of what is posted. This came from the estate of Allan Browne who appears to have been a collector and there were a few RNF uniforms coming from him, but this was the only one marked "Brown" by the tailor so it was my choice if I could only have one, which was the case. I hope to learn more about him though I believe he was National Service so it may be a bit difficult. I'm in touch with the RNF museum, but things are on hold at the moment due to the virus. I found the tiny pips to be
  11. Hi all -- I have another plea for help with this small group. There was a discussion here in which a few members had a lot of info regarding a French dog tag and I was hoping I could start a similar topic. I have reached out to a few French offices for help, but I have either not heard back or they've redirected my request. My biggest question is: do these belong together? I want this group to be authentic as it was one that I missed years ago and it recently appeared on ebay again. For the price it was worth the risk. Next question and perhaps my main goal outside of authenticity -
  12. Hi Dan -- thank you once again. I have not researched much of the other Jilletts, though I was in contact briefly with the curator of the blog that your friend may have found. It's a frequent return in google when searching. There is a lot to read on their family history! The Jillett I am chasing is Richard Frank, born 9 Dec 1921 - so, from the poor end of the family. Perhaps that was some motivation for his joining up? I appreciate all the help! Robert
  13. Hi Dan -- I would very much appreciate whatever your friend is offering. I enjoy those personal touches to accompany items and research. I've reached out to one of my researcher friends here and asked him to take a lot through the morning reports for the FEAF and 13th AF units to which Jillett (and Graves) may have been attached. I am not sure if, as foreigners, they would appear in the daily logs, but I have hope that they would and also that they're somewhat attainable based on the specific dates I have to reference. I'll keep the thread updated with those finds. I did find this
  14. Hi Dan -- thank you for the information! And especially for being honest about the prospect that Graves' tales may be a farce. A great thanks to your friend as well. His mention of ANGAU (a new term for me) is something new that I can look into and especially if they have war diaries online. I'd still like to pick at this as I believe there must be some veracity to parts of Jillett's story, just not as I thought previously...do you think this is the case? I would assume at this point that it is not a jungle rescue unit but jungle rescue duty and I quickly went down the wrong path sea
  15. Gentlemen - I have a challenge... Does anyone have information about Richard Graves' 60 man Jungle Rescue Detachment in WWII? I've found only brief mention in Graves' Bushcraft book(s) and one fiction book which I would not trust as a resource for this project. I have a battledress to an Aussie who joined the Canadian Army for Korea - his Australian records note frequent detachment to U.S. Far East Air Forces (and 13th Air Force) and I initially wondered what this could indicate, assuming anti-aircraft artillery, but his Canadian file which I finally received clears this up with a
  16. 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
  17. 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-Brow
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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 usefu
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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 f
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