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Tony Farrell

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  1. I'd say 1887/97, 1902 and an Afghanistan worn in the (then) correct position - with coronation and jubilees to the fore. The campaign medal could be a NW Canada, but the Afghanistan issue is more likely. The ribbon tone is not suggestive of a Canada GS, and the lack of Khedive's Star pretty much rules out an Egypt. So... ?
  2. They're most likely stores or manufacturer's batch contract numbers - the Victorian equivalent of NSNs or 22Cs - and not individual service numbers. It appears to be an 1887 dated tunic of the 18th Hussars pattern.
  3. It's known as a forage cap - or camp hat, tent cap etc. Essentially a peakless soft bonnet worn in undress uniform as opposed to shakos or helmets. Typically worn around camp for training, it was also worn on campaign in lieu of standard regimental head dress - particularly if such had been destroyed or lost. They lasted into the late Victorian era before being supplanted by Kilmarnocks, glengarries, Atholls and Balmorals, but one could say they survived beyond that as Tams and the GS caps of WW2 - which are not that much removed from caubeens and berets.
  4. It was simply the default paint finish. Bright colours on vehicles were generally not fashionable in the '50s and '60s (in the UK at least), which might be why white became the default police vehicle livery from the late '60s, as they needed to be more visible due to the increase in traffic and motorways. The high-vis stripes were a '70s innovation to make them stand out even more as tastes changed - the high-vis aspect migrating over to ambulances, which were also corporately finished in whites, maroons and creams. Black was retained for some time on police vans, however, as it made them
  5. I am attempting to establish a definitive timeline for the SAS Polisie - a stumbling point being the changeover of title from SA Railways (plural?) & Harbour Police to SA Railway Police - particularly as to why the change became necessary. I would also like to pinpoint a date for the changeover from the first type Faithful Service (LS) medal to the second - though I suspect it was 1951. As such, if any members have examples of either type in their collections then I'd appreciate any feedback on their award dates, as the medals 'should' be dated. This concerns the pre-'65 medals only.
  6. Double issues of the same medal are not unheard of, whether they be from two differing issuing authorities, or unit admin office submissions. It's not even a double issue technically, as the St John's issue of the medal had a different reverse from that of the Met, though it was ostensibly the 'same' medal. I wouldn't think too hard on this.
  7. He was most probably a member of the St Johns Ambulance as well as being a copper and (of consequence) received a double issue of the medal - albeit with two differing reverses.
  8. Hi Emmanuel. You did very well to hammer that MPM (I was an underbidder). It is most certainly a rare piece. As you say, there is scant information relating to it and I have found no mention of it in the appropriate records. I can confirm, however, that (at least) 245 Police LS medals were awarded in the period between 1974-77 - with 300 having been initially manufactured. How many were made and awarded after this date I cannot say, but I have the rolls for police, fire and prisons awards up until '77.
  9. The Black Majority Rule issue aside, an article by Brian Taylor in the OMRS MoH supplement of 1982 states that the Commonwealth honours and awards effectively ceased* upon UDI and a committee was soon established to create a replacement system: the Honours & Awards Act of 1969 (No.50/69) being the fruit of their labours. A Government Notice (893A/69) published in the Rhodesia Government Gazette on 10th November 1969 established the creation of the Rhodesian GSM - with further awards being authorised a year later in November 1970 by a series of notices (1093-1113/70). *ISTR a mem
  10. There are three distinct Northern Ireland provincial issues: Ulster Special Constabulary Royal Ulster Constabulary Reserve Police Reserve
  11. I doubt we'll have 'police' in thirty years' time, rather Private Law Enforcement Contractors. The upper echelons have made it quite clear that they don't want 'careerists'. The 'job truly is ****ed' as my ex-Met mate would say.
  12. Could you expand on what the HAC police detatchment is? Are they TA who are also specials?
  13. Standard Highland/Lowland No2 SD tunic worn by various regiments, but specific to pipers in the UDR, as non-pipers wore the standard pattern No2 jacket with rifle green trousers. The Rangers also had pipers, but the qual badge would've been green on black. This would've been worn throughout the '70s and '80s'. The material changed to a cheaper fabric in the '90s.
  14. Then it will become a scarce and desirable award for collectors who specialise in such areas. It would not be without precedent.
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