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  1. Hi Nick, Once again my heartfelt thanks for your quick and knowledgeable reply ! Regards, Hendrik
  2. Hi, I would appreciate any information on this medal and its box. Thanks & regards, Hendrik
  3. A geographical indication : always useful and never to be scoffed at !🙂 Thank you very much, Hendrik
  4. Hello All ! As mentioned in another post (thanks again for the quick answer, JapanX) I recently acquired a Wound Badge. It came in what I assume is its original and somewhat damaged box of issue which is, however, marked in ink on both the outside and inside of the lid. Obviously, I'd love to know what is written there and so, it's over to the experts ... In case a close-up would help : and, on the inside : Thanks & regards, Hendrik
  5. Hello ! A small badge, in its box of issue (?), has recently arrived with me as part of a lot containing a Japanese Wound Badge. I'm hoping one of the experts on this forum can shed more light on it ... Thanks & regards, Hendrik
  6. Hi is this the famous Hendrick of Belgian fame. 

    1. Hendrik



      Nope, can't be me as there's no "c" in my name 😉

      I do have a website on Belgian (and some WW2) medals ...



  7. Hello Numis, The medal you refer to in your original post is, as Vincent pointed out, not an official Belgian medal. Its obverse bears the head of the sovereign under which reign it was issued (i.e. Leopold II or Albert I - I can't recall seeing any other king's representation). Official Belgian lifesaving awards were created during the reigns of Leopold I and Leopold II and you might wander over to Hendrik's Medal Corner and find then in the "Other Awards" section. Regards, Hendrik
  8. Hi, As Pat mentions in the post above, it's the French Légion d'Honneur (Legion of Honour), Chevalier class (knight class) of the 3rd Republic era (1870-1951) and its ribbon is plain red. At the bottom, the mark is quite likely a boar's head (indicating the cross is silver) and the mark on the ring should be "AB & Cie" with a wheel under a star, i.e. the Arthus-Bertrand maker's mark. Regards, Hendrik
  9. Hi Nick, Not German but Belgian : Military Chaplain's Cross, a badge of office rather than a decoration. Regards, Hendrik
  10. Hello Gordon, French manufacturers have a long history of producing unofficial medals and bars. I think the motive is financial gain rather than veterans wanting to embellish their members' medal displays but that is just my personal opinion. Regards, Hendrik
  11. Hello Gordon, No bars were authorised for this medal. The Dien Bien Phu bar is, to my knowledge, unofficial and the Légion Etrangère bar belongs to the "National Defence Medal". Below an example of the latter on a 1st class medal : Regards, Hendrik
  12. Bonjour Patout 🙂 Excellent ! It may be of interest that the "Médaille d'Honneur" the good captain received was of the highest possible class : he was awarded the rare gold class of the Interior Ministry's Medal of Honour for courage and dedication. It would perhaps be interesting to know which "difficult events in several counties in the months of February, March, April and May 1906" caused such awards to be made ... Link to the entry in the Journal Officiel de la République Française : https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k6542783t/f2.image Regards, Hendrik
  13. Hello Jeff, There are "Journal de Marche Officiel" of some of the batteries of the 68th Artillery Regiment available on line : https://www.memoiredeshommes.sga.defense.gouv.fr/fr/arkotheque/inventaires/ead_ir_consult.php?fam=3&ref=6&le_id=12831 Time to brush up your French 😉 Regards, Hendrik
  14. Adrian, As the citation for the Officer class of the Légion d'Honneur mentions the Croix de guerre in December 1915, it is indeed a 1914-1915 reverse one that Laborde would have received. In the end, he would have two ribbon devices on its ribbon as will be seen on his LdH Commander citation ... The latter can be found in the Journal Officiel de la République Française (JORF) at https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k65378717/f28.image.r="laborde" Chronologically, he received three classes of the Legion d'Honneur as follows : Chevalier (Knight) per Decree of 11 July 1908, p
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