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  1. Caz Except for a couple of WWI medals, ,most of my early collection was composed of IGSMs to Indian troops, particularly cavalry, and I still find it a very attractive medal. Also, the range of bars and the campaigns they represent is fabulous. The '1919' bar represented a huge uprising on the NWF, sparked, like the Mutiny before it, by rumours that the British Army had all been wiped out in Europe. Some of the other bars were issued for very small, very short campaigns including one referred to - mostly by people who didn't qualify for that bar, I suspect - as the 'weekend war'. Alos, IMO, a nice understated ribbon, in keeping with the steady, stalwart but often under appreciated services of the IA. Thanks for sharing! Peter
  2. Brian Just as long as you don't end up the way the members of that expedition did: providing emergency rations for a friend. Stay safe, Peter
  3. No useful ideas on '3 P D' though 'Something Dragoons' sounds plausible and I agree that the '26' and '6' are probably rack numbers. Just possibly 3rd POW DG, but given the British penchant for full titles, probably not. I wonder if the 'P N' is either a proof mark or a manufacturer's code, based on the position.
  4. The late, great Mervyn Mitton would have gently reprimanded me for saying this, as he was a great booster of the GMIC, but have you considered asking this question on the British Badge Forum? You might have better luck there. Peter
  5. Agree. 'Whether or not' X has this medal makes much more sense than 'Neither... [which 2?] had it.'
  6. Good morning and welcome to the GMIC! I saw your post on Wednesday but didn't have anything useful to say except to ask if you've contacted the regimental museum. [ https://www.cumbriasmuseumofmilitarylife.org/museum/the-border-regiment/ ] Based on just a quick look, it looks like a good one: somebody/ies have done some research and not just slapped some old badges and tunics up in cases. So, I should think they'll be able to answer your query. Or perhaps some of our more knowledgeable UK members can chip in here. Anyway, welcome and good luck! Peter
  7. I didn't know the Germans were using captured uniforms in the Great War, though it makes sense, I suppose, especially at the end. Thanks, Chris, for broadening my somewhat parochial horizons. I hope you and yours are, apart from the math problems, doing well in these trying times. Peace.
  8. First one, bottom row is the 'Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal', the second bottom row is the American Campaign Medal and the third is American Defence Medal. The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (ACPM) was awarded to any member of the United States Armed Forces who service in the Pacific Theater during World War II. It was created on November 6th, 1942 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Executive Order 926. Bronze stars on the ribbon indicate a second award/participation in a particular campaign or battle. The Campaign Medal was also instituted in 1942 and awarded for "Service outside the U.S. in the American theater for 30 days, or within the continental United States (CONUS) for one year The Defence Medal was " intended to recognize those military service members who had served on active duty between September 8, 1939, and December 7, 1941." So, the wearer joined early or was in the services before the US declared war and saw active service in the Pacific/Asian theatre. I can't find anything which looks like the right hand ribbon, top row.
  9. " It was interesting to see that the GSW to the head was actually to the Eye as stated in another document....." I spent considerable time reading Great War personnel records for a writing project I did a couple of years ago and 'GSW' seems to have been a generic notation on first injury reports - those done by the SBs or Medical Officer when casualties were first treated. It looks as if it was often used simply to separate 'penetrating wounds' from other types of injury and, in a number of cases I looked at was later amended to indicate whether the damage was done by shrapnel, a bullet or in some other manner. Also, not uncommonly, first diagnoses simply record 'head', 'leg', 'back' and so on, with more specific anatomical notes - 'left thigh' for example, in subsequent treatment notes. Peter
  10. Here is the current contact site for the SA National Museum of Military History. Try contacting them directly and asking if the medals are: on display, still in the museum, or have been photographed and whether that photograph can be accessed. https://ditsong.org.za/contact/
  11. That is a really lovely group. Interesting mounting too - the overlap is the opposite of what is common practice for most Commonwealth countries.
  12. Marcon I phrased that badly. You are correct: a medal awarded to civilians - which is what this is named as - would still technically count as a military award. I simply had the stray thought that some list compilers would turn up their noses at such an award and not list it. But perhaps that's fuzzy thinking. It is indeed a puzzle. Still searching and I did find a long list of medals and awards by some of the 'stans' which existed under apartheid. You can find the listy here and look through it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_Merit_Medal_(South_Africa)
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