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  1. As Paul indicates, there is no custom problems or fees for medals coming into the US (unless it is a Medal of Honor). On the custom's slip place: "Collector pieces of numismatic interest" and "HTS 9705.00.0090."
  2. Not a specialist in US medals but as far as I am aware there are only a few numbered Purple Hearts that have been identified with the name of recipients unless they are named or have associated paperwork. There are some General Orders with numbers listed but they represent only a very small percentage of all numbered Purple Hearts.
  3. His papers are at the National Archives under WO 339/89342. They are not digitized but you should be able to find a researcher who will digitally copy them for you for around £20 (depending on the number of pages). I would recommend Kevin Asplin (KevinAsplin@aol.com). I have used him for over 20 years and found that he does the copying quickly and at a very reasonable cost. Don't use the National Archives copy service - it will cost a fortune!
  4. According to Mericka it is the Commemorative Medal for the Partisan Group "Vpred" [Forward]. It was established in 1945 and comes in gilt, silver and bronze.
  5. This has been going on for some time. In 1979 I spoke at an international symposium in Warsaw and later visited a shop where around 30 women were hand painting copies of Russian and Polish orders and regimental insignia. I was told that they were for the collector market.
  6. I cannot find a definite answer to your question but one of the qualifications for the British War Medal was that one had to leave the UK - I am quite sure that Ireland was part of the UK at that time. The men who received the BWM for Hartlepool were fighting enemy forces - I do not believe the Irish were enemy forces. As I am not a resident of the UK I stand to be corrected.
  7. Dom: I just checked the Half-Yearly Supplement to the Monthly Army List for June 1927 (list all Reserve of Officers) and Craig is listed as Lieutenant, Border Regiment, Class II Reserve with a date of rank of 27 Dec 18. I just realized who you are. We corresponded a number of years ago but I cannot remember the circumstance. Regards, Gunner 1
  8. dpast32: Just wanted to note that I never indicated that MBEs were never named - I have two unofficially-named MBEs - I indicated that no MBEs were ever officially named. In regards to Craig's rank, I wonder if he might have held the local rank of Captain or held an acting rank for a short period in Ireland, neither of which would necessarily be gazetted in the London Gazette nor give him the possibility of retiring as an "Honourable Captain'. He is listed in my copy of the April 1922 Army List as a Lieutenant.
  9. Three observations (you may already be aware of them): 1. There are at least three officers with the name "G. Craig" in the November 1918 Army List 2. The MBE was/is issued unnamed, so that any naming would be unofficial. 3. There are service papers for a Lieutenant George Craig, Border Regiment at The National Archives under WO 339/104131
  10. There is a 'G. Craig, Indian Army' listed in the London Gazette of 19 April 1921 as a 'Lieutenant to be Captain' effective 30 Jan 1921, but there is no indication of an MBE so it does not look like your man. The January 1928 Half Yearly Army List indicates that George Craig, MBE retired as a Lieutenant. If he actually held the acting/temporary appointment as a Captain he would usually be listed at retirement as a 'Lieutenant (rank of Captain).'
  11. First a technical point - Great War British officers are not 'promoted' to acting or temporary rank, rather they are 'appointed.' Many, if not most, temporary and/or acting ranks are mentioned in the London Gazette. They are also often mentioned in Monthly and Half-Yearly Army Lists. If you give us your officer's name we may be able to help.
  12. As Michael Johnson indicated in an earlier post, the remaining supplies of the George V Memorial Crosses were issued to men who died early in World War II. I have one such cross that was issued to an officer who died of a heart attack on 31 October 1940 while on active service with No. III N.P.A.M. Training Centre at Saanich. Interestingly the cross is named to MAJOR A. B. SLEE. M.C. who served in the Great War with the Royal Field Artillery.
  13. dpast32 wrote: "in addition to the above 'verification', included also are several articles documenting the IR A ambush: I don't like to make disparaging comments about other collectors groups but all the paperwork you mention in your earlier post appears to be photocopied research or research that describes an action, neither of which is generally considered "Verification" that the group is actually the one that the recipient received. Original documents related to the medal group may help with verifying a medal group but even with original documents there is no guarantee that the medals are actually those awarded to the recipient unless the group contains properly-named medals
  14. MBE's like most officers' decorations were issued unnamed so any named example has been privately named. That being said, there is little chance that you will be able to conclusively determine whether it actually belonged to the man whose name is on the reverse. It is no difference than a Military Cross or DSO with engraved naming, which most collectors are hesitant to buy as there is no way to absolutely tell if the naming is contemporaneous. The price seems somewhat high as MBEs generally sell for around £130 which is currently about $170. I personally don't buy privately engraved decorations that are not accompanied by named medals and if I were to do so, I would expect to pay somewhat less than the value of the unnamed medal.
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