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  1. Thank you, 1812 for taking the time to do that translation. Gordon: I regualrly [until March this year] work with Canadian high school stiudents in southern Ontario, so there are a lot of Black, South Asian and Oriental kids in many classes and I always bring up the CLC and the sealed trains. Part of our history, like the Komagata Maru and the 2nd Construction Battlion.
  2. Exactly. There are a number of prints of Highlanders, who occupied Paris in 1815 and fascinated the French. The uniforms are quite accurate but he forgot their shoes, so they all wear what look like ballet slippers in the finished product.
  3. Sadly, it may be the case that the artist simply created a fancy looking order to go around the subject's neck. Six arms certainly is unusual and one would think it would make identification fairly easy.
  4. 'V & S' is Vaughton and Sons, who made silver items from 1888 to 1992. The image below is from this site: https://www.silvermakersmarks.co.uk/Makers/Birmingham-V.html The 'Seen on' - column 3 - suggest a sports group or society, perhaps of sailors or something of the sort. Almost certainly not military, given the points raised above.
  5. Marco, I canmèt see any connection between these officers biographies and the nickname 'Great Coffin". Can you explain a little, please? Thanks. Peter
  6. Yes, this would be, to me, an example of 'designed by a committee of [non-artists] but perhaps they had a very limited budget.
  7. One of a series of headstones in a cemetery in France is to a member of the Chinese Labour Corps. These rarely remembered men worked in the thousands during and aftyer the War. In 1919 many were yused to relocate the remains of soldiers to large cemeteries and to 'salvage' weapons and other things from the battlefields. Some died in accidents with unexploded munitions and more from disease. Sadly, their stones give their names only in Chinese. At least, I hope and assume that they do list names. I'm hoping that someone can translate at least the name on this stone for me, so that I
  8. Very interesting to see all the classifications, by race and by type of service and, oddly to me at least, that one could be a 'full time volunteer' in or member of the Military Nursing Service without being issued a number. Can I assume that "Essential Services Protection Corps " were Black and/or Coloured? Armed? Thanks.
  9. Didn't mean to start any hares, gentlemen. My aged brian threw up 'gold medal' 'Waterloo period' and 'glazing ' or 'lunettes' - thank you Paul - and I bodged the two together. Or, to quote a bloke on defaulters, 'No, sir. Different [girl] entirely.' My apologies. But I shall remember 'lunettes' now.
  10. I can't quite tell from the photo, but is this the one which is 'glazed' on both side - little glass covers like watch glasses? Or am I just having a senior's moment?
  11. Have you looked at the Natiional Archives sites for medal rolls? https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/british-military-campaign-and-service-medals/ P
  12. Alex Welcome to the GMIC. What a lovely set of medals! I particularly like the East & West with Sieraa Leone bar. I spent two years in Nigreia decades ago with Canada's version of the Peace Corps and, at the time, was collecting medals, but never got this one. Major L. L. Gordon's British Battles and Medals used to be the Bible for British campaign awards and he says that 26 were issued to the RAMC, which sounds like probably one surgeon and some orderlies. You might want to consider getting a reprint of this article: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/030718499094
  13. It was about status, for sure. Officers wore different uniforms, with different accessories, for centuries. Swords and sashes rather than belts and bayonets. Cocked hats instead of shakos. [Until that made them to easy to snipe.] Then when uniforms became similar - but not the same! - the older markers became that sacred cow of militaries everywhere, 'a tradition'. And new ones were added - ties for WOs and Officers, but not for ORs. in the Great War, officers were instructed never to be seen carrying parcels, but to have all private purchases from shops delivered. Working men carri
  14. Wow. Not the kind of 'last' anyone would personally want to claim.
  15. I'm pretty sure they were NOT Chassepot because I wouldn't have recognized that rifle in those days - I was 22, so this was 43 years ago. My strong recollection is that they were Sniders, repurposed to fire 12 guage shotgun shells. So, the slings with the markings may have been added later or the letters have stood for something else, though I can't think what.' Sorry, that;s not much help. P
  16. Interesting indeed. At that relatively late date in China's history, eunuch's were still being 'produced'?
  17. What a great thread! I was once lucky enough, on a film shoot, to work with a dozen old rifles whose slings were marked 'ZP', which we assumed meant 'Zoauves Papal'. They were the property of the Canadian Broadcasting Corproation, which has a huge presence in Quebec, where a number of the Zoauves were recruited, so I've always assumed some brought their weappons hiome with them. Who knows? But, yes, a fascinating group of men for many reasons. Thanks for sharing, gents. Peter
  18. Thanks for sharing this information, Megan.
  19. Thank you. I was going to be seriously disappointed and displeased if there were not at least a partial pun in this post. You can't raise expectations like that, Chris, and then just walk away. But what rhymes with 'Bavarian'?
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