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  1. Thanks, Gents, for that info - one learns every day on forums (and I need better reading glasses too !) 🙂 Regards, Hendrik
  2. Hi, I don't know anything about ranks and uniforms but the medals worn in the picture suggest a civilian diplomatic official. The neck badge and breast star of the Order of Nichan-Iftikar point to service in Tunisia and the presence of the Belgian Order of Leopold, civilian division and the Portuguese Order of Aviz further confirm diplomatic service. The first two medal, Academic Palms and Agricultural Order are among the commonest French decorations for officials. Regards, Hendrik
  3. Hi, I think that a honorary rank as displayed on the diploma means the recipient was no longer in the armed forces reserve at the time. It would also mean that such was his rank when in said reserve and that he thus never rose to general rank. I'm certainly no expert in the matter but I'm inclined to think it is another Pierre Huot that received this decoration, the name is not that uncommon ... Ha, just now, when going over the diploma again, I happen to notice the date of birth is indicated on it : 3 January 1920 - so not your Brigadier General born in 1904 ! Sorry for the bad news. Regards, Hendrik
  4. Hi, It may help to note that on the diploma he's identified as Honorary Infantry Lt.Col. ... Regards, Hendrik
  5. Is it possible to merge this topic with the earlier identical one Regards, Hendrik
  6. Hello Simon, The "7" likely refers to the wearer's unit : the 7th Regiment of .... infantry, cavalry, artillery, dragoons, "tirailleurs africains", etc. etc. With the Military Medal fourragère in place, the only unit I can find is the "Compagnie 15/12 du 7e régiment de génie ( 09/08/1917 ) " (source : website France-phaleristique). Regards, Hendrik
  7. Hello Duncan, You might find the France Phaleristique website useful : look under DECORATIONS and then scroll down to MEDAILLES D'HONNEUR ... lots of "civil" medals there 😃 Regards, Hendrik
  8. Hello, Further to the above, the Leopold I monogram with the "I" in the centre merely indicates it was manufactured by the firm of Wolfers, the "II" in the centre points to manufacture by the firm of Heremans. Regards, Hendrik
  9. Very nice and interesting website, Dave - keep up the good work !!! Regards, Hendrik
  10. The last action for which the clasp was allowed was a reconnaissance mission to Oued-Nesly under the command of a Major Pein between 23 and 30 January 1906. Your medal is from 1914 at the very earliest. I don't think it is possible to attribute it to a particular battle/campaign/mission unless you have information about its original recipient. Also, the time between the campaign and the award of a medal and bar may be considerable. By way of example, I have a Colonial Medal with clasp TUNISIE (last campaign ended in 1918 for that clasp) and its award certificate is dated November 1931 ... Tchüß, Hendrik
  11. Hi, It only needs one to make a mistake and then others copy it on from there ... I've seen it happen before 🙁 Regards, Hendrik
  12. Hello Gentlemen, The above Colonial Medal is of the 2nd official type and manufactured by the Paris Mint (silver mark "1" between cornucopia). This type was manufactured between 1914 and 1962. The 1930 date on the northeastmedals website makes no sense to me ... The bar "ALGERIE" in the pictures was manufactured by the Paris firm of Arthus-Bertrand. It could be awarded for campaigns up till 1906. Regards, Hendrik
  13. Hi Nick, Once again my heartfelt thanks for your quick and knowledgeable reply ! Regards, Hendrik
  14. Hi, I would appreciate any information on this medal and its box. Thanks & regards, Hendrik
  15. A geographical indication : always useful and never to be scoffed at !🙂 Thank you very much, Hendrik
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