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peter monahan

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  1. 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
  2. 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!
  3. Perhaps the banner marks [unoffically] a regimental or brigade HQ? Or, the temporary residence of some over-enthusiatic haggis basher.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. Not my area. What is 'SOS', please?
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Impressive, Graham! It certainly wouyldn't have occurred to me to look in the USA for the maker/issuer.
  11. 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
  12. An Obsolete award - first created in 1944: From a 1944 New Zealand Journal:- LEGION LONG SERVICE AND EFFICIENCY MEDAL (LSEM) NZHQ receives a cable from England advising that the manufacture and export of medals is prohibitive. The New Zealand Command then decides to strike its own Legion Service Medal recognising Long Service and Efficiency… The LSEM when struck in Sterling Silver is a credit to New Zealand craftsmanship and is attached to a deep red ribbon. This colour was not chosen, but rather all that is available during the war years. The name of the recipient is engraved on the medal with the prefix Frontiersman - no other rank is stated. Lots on information here on the NZ site of the Legion, to my surprise. I have always understood that their heyday was 1900 to the 1920s, but apparently they're still out there. At least, they talk about recruiting and the 1921 AGM. http://frontiersmen.homestead.com/hq.html
  13. My late father-in-law was a Canadian, working for Marconi as a radio oeprator, on 'tramp' steamers. He had decided to rerunt to Canada after three years overseas and was in Red Sea when war was declared in 1939. Went round the Cape - with a deck cargo of live sheep for rations - and was torpedoed half a day out of Liverpool. He and the Captain were the last of the ship and he lost everthying but the c,lothes he stood up in.
  14. Welcome to the GMIC and the African forum! Always glad to have more folks interested in thsi under studied, under valued field! That is a very interesting fastening system. More usually found on cap badges and such, rather than the long prongs meant to go into thread loops or a pin fastening. You mention that there are documents identifying the owner. I'm curious as to how this came onto the market. No slur implied at all, but many of the European and British honours and awards now specifcally request that the item be returned to the awarding authority on the death of the recipient. Any info. gratefully received. Thanks for sharing this lovely item!
  15. Great drawing! Thanks for sharing. My only comment on Karl Marx is that I loved the scene in 'SS-GB' where the German and Soviet delegations at his tomb meet the bomb set by the British Resistance. One of my favourite bits in one of my favourite alternate history books.
  16. I'm just researching a bunch of WWI medals for the Canadian WQar Museum and there are some interesting 'ages'. A couple who claimed to be younger , and 'single' to get in early in the war and one chap who actually got a notarized letter from his father, 12 minths after joining, saying 'Yes, this is my son, I delivered him when he was born and he IS 18!' Not sure whether Dad lied or not.
  17. You're correct that ther is not a lot of information out there. However, in WWI there was a 'SA Scottish Battalion' made up of men from several 'Scottish' units - Transvaal Scots and Cape Town Highlanders. I imagine - only a guess - that the Natal Scottish were militia/territorials who perhaps supplied drafts of men to one of the war time battalions but didn't exist as an actual active unit per se. There were three battalions of the Transvaal Scottish mobilized and in action with the 1st and 2nd SA Divisions, so perhaps part of one battlion clung to the 'Natal Scottish' distinction? As I say, guessing here. Peter
  18. When I actually actively collected I.G.S. medals, back in the dawn of time [a.k.a. 1985ish] there was a spate of publications of medal rolls, starting with gallantry stuff and working outward to thiungs like individual campaign bars for some of the I.G.S. medals. Sadly, most of these were privately published, with very small printing runs, by avid collectors and are now like the proverbial hen's teeth. Abebooks, whose stock I love to browse, has this on their U.K. site:
  19. The five-pointed star and crescent moon suggest, perhaps, India/Pakistan but it's not a military badge form that area and time [ie: not WWI] so I'd guess just a brooch. Loevly work, though, and perhaps worth a bit given the age.
  20. A mistake in the naming, rectified by adding the serial number last rather than throwing the medal out and starting over? Not sure how likely that is but... ?
  21. That one went right past me! D So, if it is a real medal bar, it is meant to go with the WWI pair on the right. It is a puzzlement.
  22. I like this better. Although the Star and BWM ribbons are swapped in position, and there is no Victory Medal, I think it quite unlikely that anyone would have gotten both the Star of India and the OIE. Typically those two come on a bar with 4, 6, or even 8 other medals. So, two foreign orders on an incomplete or, just perhaps, 'made up' bar. Sorry, I know that's not a lot of help.
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