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  1. Ard the drawings yours? They are truly magnificent. Mind you, the awards are quite visually stunning too. Again, thank you for sharing your knowledge!
  2. The original unit whose traditions the current Indian Army perpetuates was the 4th Bombay Grenadiers, created in 1922 during the IA reorganization by the amalgamation of the 101st Grenadiers and the 102nd King Edward's Own Grenadiers. Multiple battalions were added during WWII and the regiment went to India on Partition, where it has over twenty regular battalions, as is common IA practice these days. It's 2nd battalion eventually became part of the Guards Brigade. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Grenadiers
  3. Terry Thanks for sharing these lovely displays! Sadly, the Canadian Army Medical Corps, which became 'Royal C.A.M.C...' in the late 1920s has given up almost a century of tradition and morphed into the Royal Canadian Medical Service'. I am part of a living history group which portrays a Great War casualty clearing station: doctor, nursisng sisters and sergeant stretcher beareres/aides. We had some contact with the current Canaidain Forces medical Services during the centenarry of the Great War and most of them were less than thrilled at the change!
  4. I am taking the liberty, and employing my God-like powers as an moderator, to post this intersting story, sent me by a gent in Australia who is in the process of getting GMIC membership. Enjoy! https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-11/the-anzacs-who-beat-the-odds-and-escaped-from-greece/100284226
  5. These are wonderful! Thank you very much for sharing them. I taught history in a Canadian high school for many years and one of my favourite 'props' for discusiing the start of WWI was a photo, from a period magazine, of the Czar and the King ofd England: both in naval uniforms, wearing identical decorations, though in different order, and looking exactly like the first cousins they were, if not twin brothers. What a stupid war! I have also stolen the image of the Indian sepoy lying in the trench, to share with a group interested in the Indian Army, and of the 'mortally wounded German soldier' - I think that's what the Sp[anish says - for a WWI medical unit I belong to. Thansk again!
  6. Perhaps the banner marks [unoffically] a regimental or brigade HQ? Or, the temporary residence of some over-enthusiatic haggis basher.
  7. My almost completely uninformed view on this - shaped by 40 years of reading US news and collecting/studying militaria - is that postnomials are uncommon in the US. Not banned, not ordered, just not often used. One has to distinguish between what the 'rules' say, whoever compiles those, and what the 'average Joe' or average Josephine tends to do. Brits, and their colonial offspring - Canadian, Indians, etc - have a long history of using postnominals. OTOH, I suspect that many Americans regard this as an affectation and in truly republican [small 'r'] fashion choose not to use titles or postnominals. If one looks at Europe, the use of 'Doctor', 'Engineer', 'Lawyer' in place of Mr. or Mrs. or their equivalents is a whole 'nuther story. My father loved to tell of a German academic, in the 1970s, who insisted on being addressed as 'Fraulein Doktor Doktor Schmidt'. Which I suspect would sound pretentious even in Germany these days. 'When in Rome...' and, pace Audie Murphy, Americans using postnominals seems odd and unusual to me. My two dollars and change worth. Standing by for agreement, correction and chastisement. Peter
  8. Bayern I did look at Murray of Athol but don't know enough about either tartans or the SA forces to make a real informed call. My true concern is that I am unable to find ANY information on the unit under discussion. This is an affront to my pride and my self-proclaimed expertise in researching.
  9. Not my area. What is 'SOS', please?
  10. Somebody or bodies, I think in the UK, are no producing quite an array of British campaign medals as reproduction - not meant to decieve - items for collectors and, I suspect, rteenactors who can't afford or won't wear originals. I make no judgement here on the wearing of historic campaign medals on historic uniforms but, for example, some of the people I know who represent Great War British regiments in reenacting will wear the ribbons of the Boer War medals, as most of us are in the age bracket to have 'reupped' in 1914. For those with an interest in British Imperial history, of whom there seem to be more than a few, buying something like this for display purpases seems quite logical. My tuppence and change worth. Peter
  11. Possibly Murray of Tullibardine, which is a red tartan, as this source says the Transvaal Scottish Regiment did. https://www.dcdalgliesh.co.uk/regimental. I am finding it almost impossible, here in Canada, to find ANY references to the Natal Scottish regiment. Odd! Peter
  12. Artemii 'I believe they may have been in my possession' implies that the writer DID have them at one point but subsequently lost, gave away or sold them and so does not have them now. Which only makes sense. As to what might be more valuable... ask any non-collector of medals and the answer might be anything from a photo of the original owner of the medals to letters and diaries to... almost anything related to the person. I hope this helps and, that if you are inclined to contact A. R. Kay that you have an enjoyable exchange. Peter
  13. Impressive, Graham! It certainly wouyldn't have occurred to me to look in the USA for the maker/issuer.
  14. Hello Peron I'm having trouble reading the card - not your fault! - but I can give you some info. and makes some guesses. John George Christopher Siems WAS a Lt in the London Regiment and was entitled to a BWM and VM. Record shown below. It looks as if he had to apply for the medals because he was living in Barcelona. My guess woud be that they were originally sent to the address where he said he planned to live, probably in England, and were returned because he had moved with no forwarding address. This was not that uncommon and many medals were not sent out until 1920, 2'1 or '22, so people had moved. I hope that helps a bit. Peter
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