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  1. I'll wade in here! [Lots of opinions, a few of them informed. ] The term 'hate belt' is, I firmly believe, the invention of militria dealers and collectors. Before the Great War, regiments of the British Army served literally all over the world and it was not uncommon, for example, to find 3, 4 or even 5 British units sharing 'the lines' in a large Indian cantonment. This occasionally led to inter-regimental riots on a beery night, but also to collecting badges or buttons of units with whom one had been stationed. These were displayed on a belt, strictly unoffical, which one might wea
  2. Under the British system of organization in WW!, infantry companies were typically numbered and cavalry troops lettered, though most regiments had four troops - A,B,C,D - I think. The Auckland Mounted rifles was apaprently a composite unit, with three squadrons, numbered 3, 4 & 11. There is more in formation here, if you can puzzle it out, including some links to unit histories at the bottom of the page. https://nzhistory.govt.nz/war/auckland-mounted-rifles Good luck!
  3. DPast My only contribution, I'm afraid, is to observe that many of the Auxilliary Force India units were made up of very well off Britons 'domiciled in India': The Surma Valley Light Horse, for example, was made up of tea planters. In consequence, some of them had all their insignia made in the UK, not infrequently in sterling, and were very fond of social gatherings disguised as military training: shooting competitions, 'field days' and gymnkhanas. Based on that, I'd guess that the medal marked 'Cawnpore 1907', if that is what it says, is an example of a privately purchased award
  4. A coal trimmer or trimmer is a position within the engineering department of a coal-fired ship which involves all coal handling tasks, starting with the loading of coal into the ship and ending with the delivery of the coal to the stoker or fireman. [Wkipedia]
  5. Spot on, Bayern. 'Ranging in', we call it. Too early, too late, riught date! Be safe. Peter
  6. I expressed myself very poorly and without sufficient care! My head is bowed in shame. The 'period' I was thinking of was the Great War, not WWII. For the former, I believe that commissioned officers of the British, Indian and other Imperial armies were not assigned 'attestation' numbers. For the Second War, they were. Thanks for the correction, Charpoy. Peter
  7. Thanks fpor the comments, Bayern. 'South America' was a guess, and apparently a bad one. Not Canadian, though. Our boys were issued the standard 1908 pattern and only in quite limited numbers and I am 90% certrain that no 'variant' was issued. The Spanish 1907 cavalry appears to be straiught bladed, but the 1895 model looks quite similar, including the rather odd 'dip' in the hand grip. Picture below., from this site: http://www.swordforum.com/vb4/showthread.php?114827-FS-Spanish-1895-pattern-cavalry-trooper-s-sword
  8. Perhaps other members will know more on this topic but the only thing I can suggest is contacting Rhino.research@icon.co.sa, who has access to the SA archives and does research. Sadly, the original owner passed awaya a few months ago but I believe her daughter is carrying on the business. Good luck!
  9. '2nd Battalion, Royal Marines; [rack number] 157; [issued/on the books] June/1888' ??? It would be interesting to see if the RM bands wore Victorian dress into the 20th century, as is not uncommon for bands.
  10. If No one here can translate the script for you, try posting it to the South Asian Military Heritage Group on Facebook. Ashok Nath and Ed Haynes, two of the most expert people I know on South Asian medals are active there.
  11. That is an interesting sword indeed! A bowl hilt modelled on the British 1908 pattern - allegedly 'the perfect cavalry sword' - but a very slender curved blade. I want to say 'South American, 20th century' but I'm not sure why except 'the look'. I suspect that the 'F E' on the blade is an important clue: 'Fuerza...?' perhaps. I take it there is no scabbard? Peter
  12. That is very cool. I'd forgotten, if I ever knew, that Samoa was German. Years and years ago my wife and I were in Togo and staying in a nice hotel where it turned out that the desk clerk spoke French, of course, some English and German! That really threw us until I remembered that Germany had Togo until the Treaty of Versaille.
  13. Gordon's British Battles and Medals says this: Those taking part included a brigade size army force, members of 815 Naval Air Squadron, sailors on HMS Centaur, and RAF aircrew. In 1967 eligibility was widened to include those who served in a supporting role in Aden
  14. Hi Chris You should be able to get some data on the WWI bloke from the British National Archives. I suspect the same may be true for WW2 but not sure about who can access files. Here in Canada we can now get the files of anyone who has been dead for 15 or 20 years and the men killed in WW@ are actually on-line in minimal detail but Brit stuff is outside my experience so not sure. Anyway, good luck!
  15. Rather a mixed lot there. I assume to two on the top left are Fascist Italy and the Cross of Lorraine is certainly French but I wonder if the two shamrocks may be divisional WWI patches for the 16th Irish Division of the British Army. A number of armies use shamrocks, including the British, American and, I assume, Irish but most of them seem to have leaves which are triangular rather than round [see below]. The 16th seem to be the exception to that, so these could be locally made for that division. Or, of course, something else entirely, but at least that's a place to start. 16th Iris
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