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  1. The five-pointed star and crescent moon suggest, perhaps, India/Pakistan but it's not a military badge form that are and time [ie: not WWI] so I'd guess just a brooch. Loevly work, though, and perhaps worth a bit given the age.
  2. A mistake in the naming, rectified by adding the serial number last rather than throwing the medal out and starting over? Not sure how likely that is but... ?
  3. That one went right past me! D So, if it is a real medal bar, it is meant to go with the WWI pair on the right. It is a puzzlement.
  4. I like this better. Although the Star and BWM ribbons are swapped in position, and there is no Victory Medal, I think it quite unlikely that anyone would have gotten both the Star of India and the OIE. Typically those two come on a bar with 4, 6, or even 8 other medals. So, two foreign orders on an incomplete or, just perhaps, 'made up' bar. Sorry, I know that's not a lot of help.
  5. Just noticed this post. Gordon's British Battles and Medals, at least the addition I have handy, is not very good on Indian units, but it does list at least a dozen Bengal Native Infantry units. The 10th is not one of them but his listings are often incomplete and 'outliers' - singles to units not officially present - are quite common for the IGS medals. SO, as there was no 'Burma Infantry Regiment' except the 93rd Burma Infantry, and that not till 1902, my guess would be '10th Bengal' with a bad spelling and the 'NI' left off. Most of these medals were named by Calcutta Mint em
  6. Yes, I have a friend who went to school in Belgium and is/was vefry interested in the Star of Benin. As I recall, a lot of the awards he discovered were 'diplomatic' or 'Send a batch around to the Allies, please.' and did not suggest that the recipient had any connection with Benin, Africa or even France, really. I had a WWI group to a British officer in an Indian cavalry regiment, which included a Roumanian Order of the Crown. The gent who found it actually knew anothe Brit who had served with my chap and said 'Oh, yes! Consolation prize for not getting an MC.' He had no conne
  7. Hello Sebastian, and welcome to the GMIC. I'm not sure I understand your question, but are you saying that you have 30 'cards' with pictures of Canadian Militia officers on them? If so, yes, they may have some value, especially as a 'collection'. A little more information and, if ;possible, a photo of one example would be very useful. Again, welcome to the group. Peter
  8. That is a lovely thing indeed, Brian. May I ask your permission to share the photo on the South Asian Military Heritage Facebook page? One of the members there is shgaring 'badge pics' every day, including some of the State Forces units and I think the members would enjoy seeing this. Thanks. Peter
  9. The Bombay Light Horse was an 'Auxilliary Force India' unit - the equivalent of the British Territorials, and recruited from British resident in India. Many of these units were little more than givernment subsidized social clubs in reality, but in theory could be called out in war or for 'aid to the civil powers' [riots]. The Bombay Light Horse was not mobilized as a unit during either World War, though individual members would certainly have served in the India Army. As Simius Rex points out, this style of mess dress became popular in the 1930s and could in theory have been worn
  10. Aniki This is not an area I know very much about but I would say that if you can give us the name on the medal and a photograph it is more likely that someone would be able to help you. Peter
  11. Hello, John, and welcome to the GMIC! If you read the posts above, including one by me, you'll see that most of us seem to feel that replacement is o.k., to create something which looks good in display. However, keep the old ribbons safe if you do this, so you can always say 'with original ribbons' if you sell or even catalogue them. A serving soldier would have replced the ribbons on his medals as they got worn or dirty - or risk the wrath of his Sergeant Major - and when I wear WWI uniforms for historical events I wear reproductions that look as the originals did 100
  12. I suspect Trooper D is correct about what the looters hoped to find. The idea seems to be that if the bodies are that well preserved there must be other thongs of 'value' there as well. Not too long ago now I saw photos of a 'dig' in France which uncovered a mass grave in which almost a dozen Tommies had been buried, all on their sides as if 'spooning', to fit the bodies into the short trench. Sadly, the night after the excavation was closed up, looters dug it up again, presumably looking for things to sell. As to the attitude of the German war graves people, the ex
  13. Very nice! I'm going to display my ignorance now. Are these military awards, civil awards fro his contributions to music or a mix of the two? Or can you tell? Peter
  14. What a shame! I suppose Durbin was in Nigeria in a training role? Perhaps associated with the setting up of the Staff College in Kaduna?
  15. Nice! I lived in West Africa for two years and always coveted at least one AGSM but not long after got married and invested all my 'spare' cash in silly things like rent and food. And children. That must have been the first campaign, then for a unit formed in 1901. I wonder if some canny Poilitical Officer or army liason type persuaded the Nawab to form this unit soit wouyld be available for African adventures? Paul's point is interesting too. I suspect you may have more luck researching the Somali CC, a much better known unit, I think. With luck, perhaps, references to the BC
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