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  1. Very nice. A shame that the BWM is missing, but the MM is a lovely medal on its own.
  2. Here is some general information to, perhaps, steer you in the right direction: http://www.greatwar.co.uk/medals/british-ww1-medal-records.htm The War Office/National Archives records, however, are organized individually, by name, serial number and unit. I'm not sure about UK records but the Canadian equivalent are not listed by regiment, nor is there a handy index of numbers to units. Any such work I am aware of [in Canada] is the result of years of painstaking work by individual collectors and researchers, usually done by combing through ALL of the London Gazette entries for the relevant decorations and periods. But perhaps the situation is better 'over 'ome'. Just found this on a British site: " Naval & Military Press have sent me the following: "Citations of the Distinguished Conduct Medal 1914-1920 - This much-needed series lists the full citations of the Distinguished Conduct Medal (and second and third award bars) in the Great War. The DCM may not have the cachet of the VC, but the deeds told in the citations for the award are just as heroic and inspiring. The citations for DCMs are hard to find - unit histories often have no space for more than a brief mention, or just the bare fact of the award tucked away in an appendix. Others are lost in the labyrinth of small print in the official "London Gazette". But, thanks to the research of Rob Walker, who compiled the citations, and the tireless work of Chris Buckland who oversaw the mammoth task of typing of all 25,000+ citations, the brave deeds which won the medals are here for all to see. It is, for my budget anyway, quite pricey at (RRP £225), but their current "Offer" price is £125. I hope this information is of interest." I would imagine such a mammoth work would include some indecises which might include what you seek. Good luck!
  3. Thank you, Megan! Most helpful. I hope all is well with you.
  4. I'm afraid the only information I can add is negative in nature. Several decades ago, when I still collected medals, I was told that collectors would write the appropriate office in London - The Chancellery, I assume - asking about 'the [fill in order here] numbered XXX' and in due course someone would respond that the decoration /order had been awarded to '' [Mr/Mrs/Lord A___________' in year 'ZZZZ'. All very helpful. Then, as the story goes, there a new chap took over as head of the office, and the next such request was met with "We don't divulge that information and, byt the way, that award should have been returned to us on the death of the recipient. Please return it to us now!' And that rather put a lid of further enquiries.
  5. Interesting. I suppose, given that most 'Occifer' kit was private purchase, that almost any variation is conceivable.
  6. Perhaps oddly, given the north of England knife trade, many of the British Army's swords and bayonets were made on contract in Germany. In fact, there was a considerable scandal during the 1880s expedition against the 'Mad Mahdi' when it turned out that case hardened, as opposed to tempered, bayonets were actually bending when used as intended because they were of inferior manufacture. The word on the tang is 'Solingen', though apparently misspelled. Perhaps deliberately, if this was a cheap knock-off and trading on that almost legendary source of good German steel. The rest of the markings strike this non-expert as odd as well: the blade is hilted as a trooper's sword but I would not have thought such blades would have had any decorative etching, unlike those meant for officers. Combined with the different blade length, I'm going to suggest that these points add up to: a copy, possibly of some age, rather than a genuine 1796 trooper's sabre. But there are others in the group - I'm thinking of Brian Wolfe in particular- who certainly have more knowledge than I and may have other ideas.
  7. The conversion is important, as it implies a lengthy period of service. On later firearms - late 19th, 20th century, it is not uncommon to find anywhere up to a half dozen marks or sets of marks, resulting from the same weapon having been issued to multiple owners in multiple units. So, for example, a Victorian era carbine might have multiple marks and rack numbers indicating the times it had been issued to and inspected for a line regiment, plus marks showing service with militia or cadet units. A long answer to a short question! Yes, the marks may have been put on the piece at different times.
  8. Bernie There is just enough glare off the photo that I wasn't sure of the 'W' [old eyes]. Sadly, that doesn't get us an forrader! Can't think of any likely regimental title in English which would contain two words beginning with G and W.
  9. But I understand and would probably do the same in your shoes.
  10. Guessing, but the '50' is most probably a 'rack number' - the individual identification number specific to this pistol. The link below is to a New Land with a '57' on the butt plate just below '2 Husar R', which clearly a rack number. The 'I' at the top may be a '1' and indicate troop or squadron, perhaps. Are the letters/symbols at the 9:00 and 3:00 positions 'G' and 'W'? https://www.gunsinternational.com/guns-for-sale-online/pistols/antique-pistols---percussion/british-antique-new-land-pattern-pistol.cfm?gun_id=101167770
  11. An Irish priest born in Lorraine certainly sounds like a likely candidate to be rewarded for 'promoting Franco_Irish amity' or some such. A nice puzzle!
  12. Good to know. Thank you! I have just enough training in museum conservation to be a little suspicious of 'home recipes' but one would assume that a tanner would know.
  13. Duncan Were you able to find what you needed? I didn't pitch in because I know of no UK sources but am curious, as Indian medals are an interest of mine.
  14. My pleasure. Yes, the fact that name combinations - identical first and last or even first, middle, and last shared is a major obstacle to research. I did a book on 70 men whose names are recorded on the WWI memorials in my area. About half are a surname and first initial only and in at least two cases I had to go with 'this is probably Private...' because of cousins, uncles and nephews or in one case completely unrelated men with the same three names.
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