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    peter monahan

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    1. David Thank you for the corrections and additions to my sketchy recollections and most especially for the reference to the medal roll. And you have 90 names now? Well done, sir. Peter
    2. Almost certainly the same unit. The Mysore Lancers were an Imperial Service Unit - a regiment raised by one of the princely states, Mysore in this case, who were attached to the British Indian Army, mostly during WW!, though a few IS units did take part in some of the colonial campâigns of the 19th century as well, if memory serves. Now best remembered for the charge at Haifa in Palestine in 1917, one of the last and more successful cavalry charges of that war. The Mysores were absorbed into the 61st Cavalry, Indian Army, after Independence - the last horsed cavalry unit in India, though it is apparently about to lose its mounts.
    3. Hello I have come across one of these medals to a Portugese soldier, wounded in action apparently. His grandson, my contact, is interested in findign out what he can about the medal - award criteria, numberes issued, etc - and the campaign(s) for which it was awarded. Any help would be much appreciated. Peter
    4. Somebody has created the dog tag? We have a chap here in Canada who makes up fibre dog tags for WWI reenactors, using a number and letter punch set. No reason why somebody couldn't be doing the same with metal ones, I'm afraid. Sadly, whenever a good quality repro. appears, some crook tries to make money from it. This would be an easy way to create a WWII group: a bit of research, some unnamed medals and a quick-fix tag to tie them all together. 😡
    5. Ion If you can copy the photostat - maybe on your printer? - and save it as a PDF or similar file, you can attach it by hitting 'reply' to this thread and, at the bottom click on 'Drag files here to attach or choose files...' We'd love to read it! Peter
    6. Jeff If you mean the Military Heritage pistols, they are made in Pakistan but were originally commissioned several decades ago by someone I know personally, who used to be involved with the company, and who sent back a number of the early prototypes until he got a product which was historically accurate and decent quality. My friend is no longer associated with that company but does sell sea service pistols at his new business: Search Results -> sea service pistol : Historical Twist Store, Museum Quality I am confident that the same quality holds true. I haven't done a price comparison. Hope this helps. Peter And, BTW, 'museum quality' is not an idle boast. If you have seen a napoleonic uniform on display in a museum in Europe, UK or North America, there is a good chance that it is Peter Twist's work.
    7. I am attempting to research this man on behalf of the Canadian War Museum, which has his Victory Medal 1914-1919. Other than the rather cryptic title, which may or may not be what is engraved on the medal, I only know that he served in the R.N.V.R. I don't fancy paying to access the R.N.V.R. records in the UK, on behalf of my government's museum, but wondered whether A) there is likely to be a site which might have information OR even B) whether anyone can shed light on the 'M.B. 1472' designation. A J.H. Gregg arrived in Quebec City, from Liverpool, in November 1919, listing his occupation as 'Engineer'. may or may not be the same man. Any help or hints or inspired guesses much appreciated! Peter
    8. Duncan I believe the difference in naming is due to the fact that the 'Jodhpur Sardar Infantry' was the first Imperial Service /State Forces battalion raised by Jodhpur and the 2nd Infantry was a later - post WW1 - unit. The Jodhpur Sardar Infantry was raised in 1922. During World War 2 it was in Eritrea and then it was part of the American 5th Army when it landed at Salerno in September 1943. Afterwards as part of the 10th Indian Division it operated along the Adriatic coast.. Here is a link to the 10th Division's organization and brief history: 10 Indian Infantry Division (1944-45) (britishmilitaryhistory.co.uk) When the princely states were amalgamated with the Indian Union, the Bikaner Sadul Light Infantry and the Jodhpur Sardar Infantry joined the Rajput Regiment and became 19th and 20th battalions respectively
    9. The only addition I would make to Gordon's post is to note that the LAC has now made available online service files for men and women who died/were killed between 1939-1945. Peter
    10. The three crowns strongly suggest Sweden and the top half of the outer circle looks like stylized wings to me so... Swedish Air Force or airborne? It is a very peculiar looking thing and I wonder if in fact there is a piece missing from the center ? I hope you can ID it. Peter
    11. I assume you know that HMS Pembroke was a land base - a large barracks building at Chatham. Other than that, perhaps you can glean something from these sites: HMS Pembroke in the Great War - The Wartime Memories Project , HMS Pembroke - Other Great War Chat - The Great War (1914-1918) Forum (greatwarforum.org)
    12. Here is a link to Canadian regimental tartans pre-1914. I don't see your example there, but if it was a War raised unit, that's not surprising. Maybe worth a look though. Kilts (canadiansoldiers.com) I think I've found it! Nova Scotia Highlanders! 'cap badge tartan' on ebay nova scotia highlanders | eBay
    13. 'American cloth' seems to have been the term used for what I know as 'oilcloth' - a dense weave cotton, treated on one side with oil or even tar to render it waterproof. I have a reproduction of a second pattern 'soft' cap which came with just such lining, but I eventually ripped it out because, while waterproof, it was hellish hot to wear in the summertime and tended, over time, to leave black streaks on my head. I'm not sure if that part is historically accurate but wouldn't be surprised. The Repro. was made by What Price Glory, a US company whose WWI kit is well researched and well made and by and large very accurate. Peter
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