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  1. Thanks, Do you happen to know what time period did they manufactured this medal? Thank you for identifying the workshop. Hopefully Nick will add to this too. all the best, Rav
  2. Hi all, I recent got this Sacred Treasure 6th Class in unbelievable condition. Looking at the makers mark it appears to be Zohei-kyoku (Japan mint) in Osaka,Japan? Is that the same as the "M" mark? or is it from a different maker and time period? I read on this forum that the M mark is from 1931 and later. Is my mark that same or earlier? Thanks, Rav Some more photos for beauty.
  3. Thank you so much for this translation. It had been hounding me for quite a long time. So his shoulder board may mean that he was either a ground administrator or crew? I assumed he was a pilot because of the EKII ribbon. But he does look a bit "old" to be a pilot. Thanks again, Rav Thank you so much! I love the Bavarian Air Units especially Jasta 5 (Green Tails). I hope I find someone who has ancestry access to find out who he was with. What does Feldflieger mean in terms of his shoulder board? I have heard of the FFA but I am not well knowledged in shoulder boards. Thank you for the info, it's all going into my notes 😃
  4. Hello! I have a post card taken just days before the Battle of the Ardennes in 1914 From the fieldpost stamp and the date I am guessing they are in the 4th Army about to enter Belgium and wanted to send off a fond farewell to their families or pals back home. Looks like they had expected to reach Paris. Any help would be fantastic. Thanks, Ravs
  5. I have a small sketch of who appears to be a german pilot. There appears to be a signature or name but I can't for the life me figure it out. Thanks, Rav
  6. Thank you so much for this! I've been literally searching for two years for this maker's ID. I see now that they also produced beautiful Merit Crosses from 1914-1918. Do you think my cross was produced as a private purchase or part of a limited Military Merit Cross production? I am assuming it was produced during the war. Again thanks for closing a mystery case for me =D
  7. I have some unknown marks on my Austrian Merit Cross. The makers mark and hallmark are on the suspension ring and not on the loop. The Makers mark looks like either W V (H?)(A?)(R?) or perhaps it's upside down? The silver content is the A 1 with the winged figure to its right. Which I read here is the imported silver mark. Really need some help identifying this makers mark pals! Been bugging me for a few years now =D I've uploaded some super close ups with different lighting and negative film treatment. Let me know if you need more angles.
  8. I’m doing research for British regiments in WWI and it looks like the wartimememoryproject site has lots of useful info but it’s behind a pay wall. I just wanted to see if it’s worth paying a subscription to this site or if it’s either bogus or no longer maintained. thanks, Rav
  9. Thanks, those documents solved it for me! So first he was in the 1/5th Battalion then sometime later was transferred to the 10th, when the 10th disbanded in early 1918 he went to the 6th battalion! Thank you so much for that. Now I just need to figure out when he went from the 5th to the 10th because I have a good Idea when he went to the 6th. This is the fun part of medal collecting and getting help from you guys makes it even better. So glad I found this forum last year ~Rav
  10. Yeah I was thrown by that too and only learned of it when I got these medals. I’d love to collect some Canadian ones at some point. Especially from units that served at Pashendale and Vimy Ridge.
  11. I believe he was a pte when he qualified for the star and then was later promoted. This is usually the case where the early medal is stamped with the rank he had at that time. the blue asterisk shows that he qualified for the war medal and victory medal as a cpl. He must have not liked seeing pte still on his star so he changed it himself.
  12. Hello all! I have a trio of medals from Cpl. Alfred Taylor 34159 of York and Lancaster Regiment. His medal card says he embarked to France on April 13th 1915 which lines up with either the 1/5th Battalion or the 1/4 Hallamshire Battalion. There is another document from Casualty Clearing Station #3 dated November 23, 1916 that says he was with the 10th Battalion. He was a Corporal at this time so I imagine he was transferred from his original battalion since the 10th arrived in France on Sept 11, 1915. The medal card was sent to me incomplete and torn so I’ve included all my research notes on it. Also Does anyone know how I could get a full copy of it to download and print? Luckily I got the clearing station info from a free Ancestry day. I wonder if there exists a picture of him and the regiment before the left for France. Is there a way to find out when he was promoted and transferred? Also the 10th Batt. was disbanded in February of 1918 so is there a way to know where he went from there? I’ve got a Y&L cap badge, Shoulder pin, and Tunic button to complement the medals. I plan on court mounting them later. Would love any help to complete my research on his service during the war. Thanks, Rav
  13. Hello fellas! Just got my first Military Merit Cross for $60. Despite the chip on the back I’m pretty happy with it. It has no makers mark on the suspension ring nor loop. Would this be a wartime award or one made post war? Thanks, Ravs
  14. I have medals from a soldier awarded the Bavarian Military Merit Cross and a Hanseatic Cross from Hamburg and was curious how this was achieved. I’m not asking for my specific case just wondering about the protocol. Like Was he from Bavaria and under the command of someone from Hamburg or did he save someone’s life who was from Hamburg? That sort of thing. Thanks, Rav
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