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Allan J Woodliffe

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  1. IXHS, Since my post I have discovered that the crosses never were solid gold The first type (1837-1859) were hollow gold, and the second type (1860-1866) were gilded bronze. Here is a a picture of a group I have which was awarded to a Captain, later major, in the 1st Line Bn. KGL. He did not serve at Waterloo, as he was still recovering from serious wounds received in February 1814 at St. Etienne (Bayonne). (Royal Guelphic Order 3rd class (knight), Wilhelm 25 year Cross, MGS 1793-1814 medal. with 9 clasps, Talavera, Busaco, Fuentes d’Onor, Ciudad Rodrigo, Salamanca, Vittoria, St Sebastian, Nivelle & Nive)
  2. I understand that this gold cross was only issued between 1837 and 1866 Can anybody advise when the cross changed from sold gold to 'hollow' gold? I know that it changed from 'hollow' gold to gilded bronze in 1860. I have also read reports that the cross was awarded for 25 years service in the army, with war service time both counting as double time, and single time. Which is correct? Can anyone advise me where could possibly purchase an example? (I guess from a dealer in Germany?) Many thanks.
  3. Thank you for that. My apologies for late response, I had missed it for some unknown reason. I also have a query about the 25 year Wilhelm Cross of Hanover, which I will post on the forum. Allan
  4. Can anyone tell me what a 3rd class Guelphic Order with bow signifies? Thanks
  5. I have a keen interest in the history and medals awarded to the King's German Legion, and am hoping that someone can tell me about the Venta del Pozo medal. As far as I know, the medal commemorating the rearguard defence on 23rd October 1812, was awarded to surviving members of the KGL who took part in the action on the 50th anniversary, 23rd October 1862. My own researches indicate that a bronze medal was given to rank and file, while a silver medal was awarded to officers. Can anyone tell me any more about this medal please? Are the facts above correct, and is it a scarce medal to find? Allan
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