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  1. Hello Abraham and welcome to the GMIC.  I'm afraid I'm on the wrong side of the Atlantic to be much help on this one but I do hope some of our UK members will make suggestions. 

    I assume that you have the details of his service already?  Sadly, photos from the Great War of other ranks are fairly rare, though some exist.  Officers and senior NCOS are more likely   I don't see a 'Randall on this site, but you may want to look through the 6th battalion list: http://www.ww1photos.com/RoyalWarwickshireRegt.html

    This site gives some good info. on where the 6th were deployed: https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/units/316/royal-warwickshire-regiment

    And finally,  Might I suggest contacting the Royal  Regiment of Fusileers' museum, though the odds are slim.  http://www.warwickfusiliers.co.uk/

    Probably better looking in local newspapers where he was living when he enlisted and perhaps for his post-War years, especially if he was involved in the Legion.  Good luck in the hunt!  

  2. " The RCR and ONLY the RCR names its companies sequentially throughout the regiment from the Duke of Edinburgh's Company (instead of A Company) in the 1st Battalion to T Company in the 4th Battalion.  5th Platoon F Company in this case is part of the RCR's 1st Battalion. "

    As I think I say on a regular basis, I stand in awe of the breadth of detailed knowledge the members of the GMIC share on a regular basis.  It sounds as if your evidence for it's being RCR is pretty iron clad!  Thanks for taking the time to explain.


  3. Canadian pre-WWI tunic.  Many copies are still used by Canadian militia regiments for colour guards and so , so they were made up ti at least the 1970s.

    I think the "5 F...' is some kind of unit identifier but I can't figure out who it represents, as the '5th Battalion' were the Royal Highlanders of Canada and the letters don't match.

    The pockets are a common feature, particularly as the small outside pocket was often stitched shut to improve the hang of the tunic.  New expensive suit coats still arrive from the tailor that way - pockets basted shut so it hangs straight.

    It looks early and should interest 'Canadian Militia ' and Canadian Army pre-WWI' collectors but I don't know enough to say whether or not the buttons are original.  The 'C broad arrow stamp' was adopted form the British Army's broad arrow before WWI but used up to the 1960s.  This could easily be a pre Great War tunic - I suspect it is - which was kept in stores until WWII or later for 'dress' occasions.  Quite a nice piece.

  4. Lovely, lovely stuff.  And all, as you say, well made.  Such a pleasure to see that some governments take the time and money to design and produce awards which LOOK as if they are worth having.  Thank you very much for sharing them.  😃

  5. Oh, well done.  I did, as I say, once own and read the one on the USAAF's body armour for WWII bomber crews, but so long ago I'd forgotten what they looked like.  But , the British  'splinter googles' are completely new.  I wonder how common they were. 

    And, from the photo, what I saw as a design flaw - the protruding screw head - was actually a 'feature', allowing the eye shields to be opened and closed.  Very very interesting.  I wonder if there are photos of them in use too?


  6. Duncan

    Here's a pointer from another thread, back in January: The records are unfortunately not online, so you will have to contact a researcher based in South Africa. Two researchers that I know, and believe are also members of this forum, are DENEL (Dewald Nel - Nel's Antiques) or Aud (Audrey Portman from Rhino research). I have used both in the past with good results.

    Audrey is no longer with us but I believe her daughter is carrying on the business.


  7. "is it common for only 1 person to be issued a clasp in a company  /battalion?"

    I bow to Mike's superior knowledge on thi, as I can't find references to the '1901' clasp in the regulations, but it may be that his being wounded qualified him for the clasp and that the rest of his unit did not complete the necessary service period [30 days?] to get the same clasp.  

    It is the case for WWI and WWII medlas that the service period was usually '30 days' but being wounded qualified one immediately.  QSAMike, similar rules here?

  8. That is a very good question!  I know that Czar Nicholas was Hon Col for one of the cavalry regiments and I think the Kaiser was as well, but it doesn't seem to be easy to turn up a list of past Honorary Colonels. 

    The King of Jordan is currently Hon Col of one of the cavalry [armoured] regiments.Sorry, I wasn't clever enough to write down which one.  Maybe the Bays?

    Good luck with this hunt.  If you find a list, please share.  Thanks.


  9. Sadly, 'WWI tanker masks' are now a regular item on eBay and a very high percentage of them are modern fakes.  While the first one looks a little like those issued to British and French armoured troops, the padding would be completely inadequate in use. 

    The one with the 'cross slits' has a screw on the face, which would become an extra piece of shrapnel on the inside of the mask if struck by a bullet or fragment.  It also has what look like elastic straps, which would be very unlikely, IMO, on a military issue piece.  Again, the padding looks too thin to be very useful.

    I don't think these are military, but somebody's private experiments in face protection.  Blacksmith?  Welder? 'Inventor' ???


  10. What a lovely thing and nice workmanship by Skinner.  Thank you for sharing.

    And what a shame that some [adjective] person cut the ribbon!  How short sighted, to be polite about it. :(

  11. 3 hours ago, ozmedals said:

    does anyone have a photo of the original Kenya Independence medal, from 1963.

    Anyone know where I can get one ?


  12. 16 hours ago, Spasm said:

    I suppose he could've fought for both sides - maybe lost a finger to the Russians and another to the Germans - now that would've been a story not to miss.



    I'm pretty sure, from the context and the sniggers, that he only fought for the Axis.  There were a number of Finns, technically mercenaries I suppose, who fought the Soviets in the Baltic states, alongside Wehrmacht units, right into 1945.  But, yes, still kick myself for not digging out the story. :(  

  13. Thanks again.  I did take a quick look, after I realized you had given the tank commander's name in the title of your post.

    Shooting down a plane with a Tiger is pretty amazing too!

    Fascinating! "'Tiger Apotheke'. His book "Tigers in the Mud" "  I for one, tend not to remember that all of the soldiers, on all sides, who survived, had 'life after the War' stories too, and sometimes fascinating ones.  I once worked with a Finn, named Torri, who was a rock blaster in a mine in northern Ontario.  He was missing two fingers on one hand, which I assumed was work related.  Torri had a partner who spoke for both of them, though I'm pretty sure Torri understood English just fine. 

    Anyway, long story short, I eventually discovered that Torri lost his fingers 'in the war' and, for the rest of the Finns, the joke was which side he's fought on.  Not for the Allies but for the [anti-Communist] Axis.  Always regretted that I never got the full story.

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