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Martin W

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  1. Hi guys, i am always on the lookout for old negatives and i found this 8x12.5 cm neg online. Went into the darkroom today and made this print.A nice well detailed portrait that shows the cloth Observer badge in wear along with the Black Wound badge and what appears to be a Spanish Cross. Cheers,Martin.
  2. Another family portrait with the Fleet and Minesweeper badges in wear.
  3. A nice family portrait here with the Fleet badge in wear. Cheers,Martin.
  4. Another of mine that shows the CA badge in wear. Regards,Martin.
  5. The lower badge could be a telephone operator's trade insignia and they appear to be Luftwaffe female auxiliaries,( Helferin ). A similar badge was worn by female auxiliaries of the Kriegsmarine,shown here. Cheers,Martin.
  6. If you "dig them out" please post them. Regards,Martin.
  7. A lot of Memorial Plaques there Mike. Very sad to see this loss to your family. Regards,Martin.
  8. Also during WWI my maternal grandmother,Lucy Ward worked in the munitions factory at Woolwich. This is not her badge but one i picked up as a commemorative to her "On War Service". Regards,Martin.
  9. Sadly,all i have of my maternal grandfather is this photo.He was in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment during WWI. His name is Charlie Ward and is standing center in the photo. I also have a photo of his brother,my great uncle George Ward who was in the R.A. Regards,Martin.
  10. Hi Guys, i am fortunate to have the medals of my paternal grandfather,J.H.Westley 66258,R.F.A - R.A. The Old Contemptibles badge is a recent addition as i was told by my father that he did have one. I have a couple of nice photo's of him also. Cheers,Martin.
  11. Fantastic Robin. A pleasure to see the "evolution". Just a great collection and i am glad to see your dedication to collecting these awards has paid off,so to speak. Regards,Martin.
  12. Lovely badges Jerry. I really like the NCO sleeve badge with the back plate. I've seen the pennants before,just great. Cheers,Martin.
  13. I signed up. I am fortunate that both my grandfathers and their brothers survived the war. My grandmother also.She worked in Woolwich Arsenal during the war. A good thing to support. Regards,Martin.
  14. Very Nice portrait. Have not found much myself lately,but always on the lookout. Regards,Martin.
  15. Outstanding collection Justin. Really nice pieces and great to hang on your walls too. Look forward to seeing your new additions. Regards,Martin.
  16. A nicely detailed close up Larry. It looks like the U- Boat badge he is wearing is a Schickle made piece ? Regards,Martin.
  17. I have no U-Boat related images but i have quite a few photo's of sinking ships taken from the Hilskreuzer STIER. Regards,Martin.
  18. Great photo John. Now here are a couple of photo's of Reinhard Hardegen,Commander of the U-123,who also wears the LW Observer badge. I think that many these KM fliers were part of the Naval Air Arm formed in the late 1930's,Luftkries IV,later renamed Luftwaffenkomando See. Hardegen was a part of this group. Dispanded in 1939 when Goring decalared that "Everything that flies belongs to me".Naval aviation was no more and Hardegan went on to the U-Bootwaffe. In regards to the Hilfskreuzers,i think that many of the pilots that flew the planes on the ships were Luftwaffe but the Observers were Kriegsmarine. More research needed here on my behalf. Regards,Martin.
  19. Thanks Kevin, you have been a great help,as always. Regards,Martin.
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