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  1. Thanks Archer, thats been of great interest!! To anyone whose interested, I`ve discovered the follow..... The “first line” Territorials, however, were still abroad: indeed the 1/4th had at last, after over 4 years of garrison duty, seen something of active service on the Indian Frontier. It had moved up to the Frontier early in 1918, being stationed at Quetta where it remained until detailed in May 1919 for operations against the Afghans. The chief action in which it took part was the capture on May 27th 1919 of the Afghan position at Spin Maldak, about the strongest post in Afghanistan, in which the battalion was at last given a chance of disguising itself. It took its chances to some purpose, the position being stormed after an action lasting over eight hours in the hottest weather. The Afghan resistance was stubborn, but so well did the 1/4th fight that the Brigadier, B-Gen J L R Gordon, presented it was the drums capture from the enemy as a memento. After this action the battalion remained on active service until the conclusion of the peace with Afghanistan in September. It then returned to Quetta and was placed on orders for home in October, eventually leaving for Karachi on October 30th 1919, just years since its departure to India.
  2. Hi Guys, Anyone have an interest in the Third Afghan War? Can you tell me what was happening at Spin Maldak, on the 29th May 1919? Many thanks in advance. Gordon.
  3. Hi Peter, many thanks for that I couldn`t get it to work either, however, I found this on you tube, which I assume is the same thing, well worth watching if you`ve got 20 minutes or so... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=636z5FfPiJg&playnext=1&list=PLE30BA41973D408F0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdYsDRb_QnQ&playnext=1&list=PLE65744DE980F1BA0
  4. Thanks again Peter, for taking the time to reply to my thread. Think its safe to say, if they were going to award a medal, then they`d have done so by now! Just out of interest is there a link to the video?
  5. I believe that at some point Maria dollars were legal tender in Kabal, can anyone confirm this for me?
  6. Peter, you make an interesting point that I hadn`t considered. I had assumed that Pakistan would issue medals to its soldiers & police in the same vein as Britain does (did) for such campaigns as Northern Ireland?
  7. Hi Guys, Can anyone point me in the right direction to where I might ascertain what if any medals Pakistan issues to its soldiers & police officers, for service in the current war againest the Taliban? MG.
  8. If you look at the back right-hand side of a Canadian $10 bill, you will see an old veteran standing at attention near the Ottawa war memorial. His name is Robert Metcalfe and he died last month at the age of 90. That he managed to live to that age is rather remarkable, given what happened in the Second World War. Born in England , he was one of the 400,000 members of the British Expeditionary Force sent to the mainland where they found themselves facing the new German warfare technique - the Blitzkrieg. He was treating a wounded comrade when he was hit in the legs by shrapnel. En route to hospital, his ambulance came under fire from a German tank, which then miraculously ceased fire. Evacuated from Dunkirk on HMS Grenade, two of the sister ships with them were sunk. Recovered, he was sent to allied campaigns in North Africa and Italy . En route his ship was chased by the German battleship Bismarck . In North Africa he served under General Montgomery against the Desert Fox, Rommel. Sent into the Italian campaign, he met his future wife, a lieutenant and physiotherapist in a Canadian hospital. They were married in the morning by the mayor of the Italian town, and again in the afternoon by a British padre. After the war they settled in Chatham where he went into politics and became the warden (chairman) of the county and on his retirement he and his wife moved to Ottawa . At the age of 80 he wrote a book about his experiences. One day out of the blue he received a call from a government official asking him to go downtown for a photo op. He wasn't told what the photo was for or why they chose him. 'He had no idea he would be on the bill,' his daughter said. And now you know the story of the old veteran on the $10 bill.
  9. Also if a Navy bod leaves the service then gets recalled, would the medal be named RN or RNR? & do RNVR guys have there medals named such or would it be RN?
  10. Thanks Huck, so the various letter would mean something to a navy person, how does a none navy guy decode them all I assume they don`t use the Ableseaman, Leading Hand, Petty Officer, etc any more?
  11. During this clip they make mention of qualifying for a submarine shooters badge & wearing it with pride. What is it & what does it look like. Have surfed the net, but can`t find it? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnsPbt-LORw
  12. Hi Guys, Can anyone shine any light on modern namings on Royal Navy medals........... I`ve seen an Iraq medal named OM(W)1 with the name & number of the guy, but I`m unsure how you ascertain what rank he was, can anyone assist?
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