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Michael Johnson

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    Oakville, Canada West
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    The Great War 1914-18
    Royal Garrison Artillery

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  1. After the war, the CEF organized War Graves units from men who had made it to England, but not to France. These would mostly be conscripts. There were two companies. I have a BWM named to the Canadian Engineers, but his service was with one of them. I recall reading (in one of Norm Christie's books) that the labour was provided by German pows. Michael
  2. Hello/Bonjour I'm restoring a couple of French ribbon bars for my peacekeeping exhibition, and need the following mini clasps: "Liban", and two "Missions d'assistance exterieure". Does anyone have some spare to sell, or can source them for me? Je suis en train de restorer deux barrettes dixmude, et j'ai besoin de LIBAN et deux MISSIONS D'ASSISTANCE EXTÉRIEURE. Comme je suis au Canada, c'est pas facile de les trouver. Thank you/merci
  3. I can confirm that the Metropolitan Toronto Police also used lead-filled coshes like the O.P.P. I remember an officer who visited my Elementary School showing us his. My wife's uncle, who spent 30 years with the Force could have been an excellent source, but he passed away 12 years ago. Michael
  4. Great find. I've always had a soft spot for the 19th, as their predecessors, the 19th Light Dragoons, served in Canada during the War of 1812. I have an Egypt Medal to the 19th, bought as a no-clasp. My researcher found that he was entitled to Tel-el-Kebir, and when the rolls became available online, I discovered he also had Suakin 1884 and El Teb. I added the Tel-el-Kebir clasp, but doubt I can afford the other two, El Teb as a single being scarce. No papers found, so not clear why he missed Tamaii.
  5. A teacher friend of my wife's brought a Panetone bread pudding with her (I think he son made it. It was delicious!) Incidentally, one of my lines is "My ancestors came over on the Pedantic." Michael
  6. I beg to differ, Peter. The 61st Pioneers became the 1st Madras Pioneers in 1922. The Madras Pioneers were disbanded in 1933. If they had gone into the Sappers and Miners, surely it would have been into the 2nd QVO S & M?
  7. Sadly Archives now wants $25 for a service record, so I didn't send off for any more. That's almost as much as I could sell the medal for. I'll probably put most of my USN GCMs up for sale, as I can't afford to have too diverse a collection anymore.
  8. I have a Videsh Seva and I,C,S,C, to a Barber in the Dogra Regt. Michael
  9. I remember another Stratford performance (but forget which star actor, but possibly Olivier) where spying a front row patron following along in his book, he took his sword, flipped the book shut and snarled "Pay attention!"
  10. Definitely an Australian: http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/Veteran.aspx?ServiceId=A&VeteranId=421635 https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/DetailsReports/SeriesDetail.aspx?series_no=B883&singleRecord=T
  11. I believe that allied personnel who were being treated in American military hospitals were on occasion given these medals through inadvertence and ignorance of protocol, but they really were mistaken issues. Michael
  12. In 1965, a Lt.Col. U.S. Army, stationed Governor's Island NY born August 14, 1919, died September 28, 2006, last residence died Colchester England Michael
  13. Would you hire a teacher who came from an "Abnormal School"? Michael
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