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Martin W

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  1. On 17/09/2019 at 10:30, Wessel Gordon said:

    My surname is Gordon so this thread immediately caught my eye..makes we wonder if me and your uncle is somehow related assuming his surname was Gordon.

    It's good to see that at least one Gordon did more than his fair share in WW 2...seems like he was a very busy soldier.

     

     

    Hello Wessel,

    my uncle's surname was Westley.

    Thanks for the comments guys.

     

    Cheers,Martin.


  2. My uncle Gordon passed away a few years ago.Everyone called him Don.

    He served in the 21st Independent Parachute Company in WWII,pathfinders I believe ?

    At my request,I recently received these photo's from my cousin of his medals.

    We have the 1939-45 Star,France and Germany Star,Defence Medal,General Service Medal with Palestine Bar and two Terretorial Medals,one with two 6 year bars.

    Nice to finally get the photo's of this grouping.

     

    Cheers,Martin.

    Uncle_Don's_medals_1..jpg

    Uncle Don's medals 3..jpg

    Here's a photo I have of him taken in Caen,July 1944.

    Uncle Don,Normandy 1944,obv..jpg

    Uncle Don,Normandy 1944,rev..jpg


  3. I have no intention of selling off what i have in my collection right now.

    I am a "Hilfskreuzer geek"

    I have a collection of over 40 plus Hilfskreuzer awards,some named from crewmen from the ATLANTIS and STIER.

    Plus, HK documents from many ships and HK albums from the THOR,STIER and the HANSA..I did sell my KOMET albums to a fellow collector who is writing a book on the subject.

    I will correct myself in saying that i have just become a little more selective in what i buy,and at this point it is a rare occurance.

    But i still enjoy this hobby,as mentioned.

     

    Cheers,Martin.


  4. I've been collecting since the 1960's.

    It went from anything TR,to just Kriegsmarine and then just Hilfskreuzer related stuff.Then that narrowed down to just items from the HK's Thor and Michel.

    Although,i did turn to collecting KM photo's of awards in wear and the cap tallies also.

    I love what i have amassed over the years,and enjoyed the history that came with it and learning from fellow collectors.

     

    I guess at some point i will have to part with all this stuff.

    Not too soon i hope.

     

    Cheers,Martin.

     

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