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Michael Johnson last won the day on September 18 2011

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  1. Two years down the line. My mother-in-law passed away this summer, as did one of her sisters-in-law. My exhibition opened, and we had a marvellous speakers' night with four Peacekeeping veterans, including a Meritorious Service Medal winner. But Covid closed it down in March 2020, and while still there it hasn't reopened.

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    1945 dated to Albert Larue Delp Jr. Enlisted January 27, 1942; Served postwar as well - 1947 USS RENDOVA as AVIATION MACHINIST'S MATE (INSTRUMENT MECHANIC) PETTY OFFICER 1ST CLASS. Discharged Nov. 26, 1947. Died 1990 Postage charged at cost from Canada.


  3. In the summer of 1972 I became bored with going to the cottage with my parents; I was shy and never met any girls there (many were from Buffalo NY and I was in Toronto, so a non-starter there) - I resolved to find a summer job next year. After seeing a newspaper item of a young man being awarded "Guard of the Year" at Old Fort York, I applied and was hired. We drilled with old Snider-Enfields, there were Martini-Henrys in the barracks racks, and we were issued repro Brown Besses (the quality wasn't great - once when mine was in for repairs I was issued an original Bess). I started off collecting British military longarms, before I finished university. Badges were an adjunct. Then came medals, which became my focus. The photo is me in 1975 with a SMLE and CFA uniform. My collection does not give me happiness - I am old enough to have learned that things can only give you pleasure. But that's enough. Plus I am a fairly talented researcher, which has enabled me to bag some "sleeper" items. Michael
  4. Thank you, gentlemen. Merçi messieurs Michael
  5. I think he's probably an Airman/Air Mechanic, South African Air Force, Dutch Reformed Church, serial 323747V (Volunteer). He's either Willem Jacobus or Willem Johannes. There are some very good researchers in South Africa who can get his service record. Michael
  6. Chris, maybe you recognize this Polish Legion veteran? Apparently finished as a Captain. Posted on the BMF, here's the poster's list of the medals he identified: 1. Medaille Militaire 2. Ordre national du Merite (awarded by the President) 3. Croix de la Valeur Militaire (like the Croix de Guerre, MID level) 4. Croix du combatant 5. Medaille d’Outre-Mer (Overseas Medal) with clasp TCHAD 6. Medaille de la Defense Nationale, en Argent (version 2 – took me a while to work this out), two clasps INFANTERIE and LEGION ETRANGERE. 7. Medaille de Reconnaissance de la Nation, with clasp, OPERATIONS EXTERIEURES 8. Medaille commemoration francaise, with clasp, EX-YOUGOSLAVIE 9. Medaille des blesses de guerre (Medal for War Wounded), later version 10. UN UNPROFOR, I’m pretty sure with clasp KOSOVO (can’t see other examples of this) 11. ?? Big foreign award, blue and white ribbon, crown with leaves at top? 12. Foreign medal, silver and green star, Arabic writing. Can’t identify. Saudi colours. 13. Medal itself completely obscured by ‘Big foreign award’, ribbon sixth blue, sixth yellow, third black, sixth green, sixth red. Michael
  7. I don't know whether his family was issued a Memorial Plaque and Memorial Cross, but I have a Long Service and Good Conduct Medal to a Garrison Artillery Gunner (later Canadian Engineers) who was killed by a mine in 1916. I know, you're saying "So what?. Thousands were." Here's the kicker- it was a naval mine ON LAKE ONTARIO. He and a member of his company were rowing out to place several mines in the lake so they could film them being swept. Unfortunately they (against orders) put mines and batteries in the same rowboat.
  8. I hate gardening as well. My wife and I fill many, many bags as we try to eradicate invasive species. Unfortunately we find that when we put them out to the street, there are some dog owners who feel that their plastic bags of dog crap qualify as "garden waste" and so deposit them to save the hassle of carrying them home for disposal. Michael
  9. His pension papers are available on Ancestry. William Soper, b. 29 Nov. 1829 Woodbury Devon. Discharged 24 Feb. 1874 (deafness). Joined at Blackheath Stn. Oct 25, 1858. In R Division until 1865, then P Division. 5' 10" Warrant 3851. Father James Soper; mother Emily. Wife Elizabeth
  10. I've passed along the link to Greg. The jacket is reversible, with white (naturally) on the inside. Michael
  11. I'll check the notes tomorrow, but as I recall it is a skinning knife, with, besides the Finnish national insignia, badges for Artillery, Signals, and I believe Infantry. The detail is hopefully better in this closeup. Michael
  12. I'm mounting an exhibition on Canadian Peacekeeping. One of the veterans who is helping me served as a Signaller attached to the Finnish Contingent. He was on very good terms with them and brought back some souvenirs.
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