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    Medicine Hat AB, Canada
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    CEF medals to men from Medicine Hat. Was once interested in Soviet ODM however that went to the wayside to fund the CEF interest.

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  1. My Italian Group to a member of Red Cross Hospital 68
  2. Does anyone happen to have a Group/Single with an Italian version of the UN Korea medal? This is a Group in my collection to a Canadian who served in the navy during ww2 and army with 1 PPCLI during Korea and eventually the RCAPC. Cheers Chris
  3. I believe he is most likely a South African Recipient as well. Based upon the process of elimination (Not BEF/CEF/ANZAC/RAF/RFC/Navy). Cheers Chris
  4. Noor can you post pictures of the medal naming? I have a couple theories. I'd say its safe to exclude the NZEF and Aussies as well. South African is as of right now a possibility but i've got a couple others i'm looking into. Cheers Chris
  5. Many of us with narrow collecting themes often encounter records indicating a one of a kind award to our theme. It's these awards that we never expect to obtain for our collections. The odds of finding them are just to great and surely if the medal is floating around it would end up in a museum (regimental or public). Well let my story provide some hope to you all.At the end of April a militaria auction was held in Western Australia. I had never before heard of the auction nor do i often search Australian dealer lists as my collecting theme is medals to men from my home town of Medicine Hat Alberta (Canada) and its affiliated units. Yet two days before the auction was to take place I was trolling through the auction listings and came across two Canadian pieces the first a colonial auxiliary forces long service medal to a unit located in Ontario and the second the Colonial Auxiliary Forces Officer's Decoration to Lt. Col. J. D. R. Stewart O.B.E. S.Alta.Regt..It was this decoration that made my jaw drop. There on the computer screen before me was my Holy Grail. The only such decoration ever awarded to the unit was up for auction. As Canadian collectors can attest competition for rare and unique pieces can be quite intense and so i prepared and placed a hefty pre-auction bid. A little under 48 hours later i was laying in bed with the live auction app running following along with the auction. The bile in my stomach turning at the thought of not being able to keep pace with the bidding and losing out on this Hens tooth playing over and over in my head. Then it came to my lot.... The lot opened with my starting bid quickly a second bid pushed up the increment, but was quickly countered by a second increment from my earlier bid and then i waited. It seemed like the hammer was hovering for ages and then..... fair warning ..... Sold!.... I had secured my lot without the fierce competition i had anticipated.Just under 2 weeks later a package fresh from the land down under arrived at my door. I can proudly say Colonel Stewarts decoration has found itself a distinguished place of honour among the other pieces in my collection and i look forward to writing a very interesting article about the man and the medal in the near future.So let this story give hope to you collectors out there searching for the "one of". It's out there and you just never know where and when it could turn up.CheersChris
  6. There's no Captain T C Devlin listed in the CEF database.
  7. Received my items and took closer pics of the 12 year service document. Does anyone have any idea what the signature says? Cheers Chris
  8. Hi Everyone thanks for the input. These should be with me an 2-3 weeks as they have to make it up here from Florida. Once i get them i will take some better photos myself. I can say the cadet uniform is indeed from the Citadel. Think the Waffenrock stands a very good chance of being an unissued piece the quality just looks to good for theatre props and the piping and lace matches period pieces. Won't know for sure until i get it. I got the lot for Just under $400 cdn shipped to my door.
  9. It's "Eclectic" for sure. Being a medal guy i was attracted to the imperial visit medal and i find bulk lots tend to sneak through the bulk of online attention. This one held true to trend and i got it for a steal.
  10. We do the same thing in Canada its called unit perpetuation. Battle honours from fore-bearers get carried on the unit flag and the lineage gets track in the unit history.
  11. Thanks so much for that it's great to know more about the unit and I've book marked the link you sent me thanks again. I've attached the picture from the auction listing.for curiosities sake. Cheers Chris
  12. I'm awaiting the arrival of this lot of uniforms that i purchased at auction. Quite the mix mash of stuff with 2 real gems in the mix Gem one being a pre ww2 USN Chief Petty Officers (Electrician Mate) Bridge coat and Gem 2 being the Waffenrock (which i know nothing about). All i can post right now are the pics from the auction. Once its in hand i will take some additional pics. I loved mixed jumble lots Cheers Chris
  13. I know in the first world war the RNAS, and RAF had armoured car units so perhaps the German air force did as well. I can't wait to get it in hand. I can't find another (though i can't really search in German either). There is several imperial pieces in the lots i'll be sure to do a seperate post when i get everything in hand.
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