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  1. Hello Odulf, Attached are pics of a man in my village ( Flanders). He wears a similar cross on his greatcoat as well as on his uniform. He was a novice priest. He was not a priest yet when the war started. Immediately when war broke out he went to Britain and went into the Belgian Army as an brancardier ( Strecher bearer). After the war he was ordained as a priest in 1926. kind regards, Jef
  2. Not all my merit. my good friend Belgoman taught me a lot. Jef
  3. Hello Stuka, Found the attached medals on the net with three different ribbons…..unfortunately without the documents. The medal I attached in previous message was given in 2013, so not that long ago. The medals I attached now are older. You must know the Rhine veteran organisation was erected in 1929 and changed many times her name, the name was Bond der Oudgedienden van het Bezettingsleger/ Féderation des Anciens de l' Armee d'Occupation. Later in 1931, an other name occurs: Oude Rijnwacht /Ancienne Garde au Rhin. Sometimes I wonder if it was the same organisation….. In 1935 a name exist: Bond der Oudgedienden van het Rijnleger/Fedération des Anciens de l' Armee du Rhin, which is nearly the name of the first name. I use the names which are used in documents.( member cards or medal documents, I found). Then we have WWII..... After WWII we got an new occupation army in Germany. The "Oude Rijnwacht" is changed into Nationale Bond Oude Rijnwacht/ Féderation Nationale Ancienne Garde au Rhin. They reorganise their veteran organisation and the name change once more into Federatie der Oudgedienden van de Rijn/Federation Nationale des Anciens du Rhin . Meanwhile the organisations have their own ( non -official) medals. Later, since a lot of Belgian Regiments are in Germany, some organisations want to unite in one association. In 1947 the NUOB , Nationale Unie der Oudgedienden van de Bezettingslegers/ 'L Union Nationale des Anciens des Armées d'Occupation ( UNAO) was erected. In 1955, the German Army (West Germany) becomes part of the NATO and the name of the Belgian occupation army is changed into Belgische Strijdkrachten in Duitsland... BSD. The old name of the Association does not suits anymore and now we got the Nationale Unie der Oudgedienden en van de Belgische Strijdkrachten in Duitsland ( NUOB-BSD) or in french Union Nationale des Anciens des Armées d'Occupation et des Forces Belges en Allemagne. Again a lot of new ( non -official) medals are made. In 2005 BSD comes to an end and the name of the Association changes again. Now we have : Koninklijke Nationale unie van de Bezettingslegers in Duitsland, de Belgische strijdkrachten in Duitsland en buiten de grenzen , Royale Union Nationale des Armées d' Occupation, des forces Belges en Allemagne et hors Fronti2res, (RUNAO-FBA-HF). in 2010, for the last time ( so far...) another change into Koninklijke Federatie der Militairen in het Buitenland (KFMB) or Féderation Royale des Militaires a l'Etranger, FRME. Again, every Association has it's own medals. I hope the information is exact, you see it's quite complicated. So far there are no catalogues of non official Belgian medals. meanwhile we have to do our own research. Jef Here some other medals of that Belgian occupation army through the ages. Pic used from forum Medaille.Be (with respect) Jef
  4. Hello Stuka, I see the medal is still existing…. with another ribbon. Jef
  5. Hey david, Saw here a medal for sale: https://www.2dehands.be/verzamelen/overige-verzamelstukken/leger-oorlog-marine/medaille-onoffici%C3%ABle-orde-van-leeuw-386991625.html Text says: not official order of the Lion veterans. But as long I don’t see the paperwork, I'm afraid I don’t believe it kind regards, Jef
  6. Thank you Guy. I know a library where I can find those MB's kind regards, Jef
  7. Hello Guy, Do you know which article ( source, date) is dealing with this medal please. I have several articles of Mr Borné put together in a map but was not able to find this medal. This means there are other articles I don't have. Thank you. regards, jef
  8. Jef

    In Memoriam Mervyn Mitton

    Rest in peace, dear friend.
  9. Dear Peter, The problem is, the writer is not a Vet but was a child of 12 years old during WWI. In his late eighties he wrote some memories of his childhood during WWI. With kind regards, Jef
  10. Thank you Peter, The fact it was written in memoirs ( ca. 1980) makes it sometimes hard to believe. Wish I found a diary with more detailed information. At a moment I even was thinking about Americans, because the 91st and 37th US divisions were in the area. But I was told they wore their overseas cap and not the campaing hat. kind regards, Jef
  11. Thank you Peter once more. A few years ago I published a study for the Belgian branch WFA about the Second and Fifth Armies during 8-11 november 1918. I'm afraid there were no Canadian troops. But at the right side of the Fifth army was the zone of the First Army. Some parts were Canadian sectors. I will check these sectors. Now I know Canadian mounted troops wore stettons I will check Edmonds' official history , Becke's Order of Battle and James Battles and engagements. With kind regards, Jef
  12. Thank you Peter for this. Wondering which Canadian mounted units were here in South West Flanders, Belgium, december 1918? The area was liberated end October 1918 by the Second Army. The only "geographical Canadians" who fought here was the 1st /Newfoundland Rgt. That time British dominion. with kind regards from Flanders, Jef
  13. Dear Peter, Thank you for your answer. I'm afraid I don't have a photograph. The only thing I read in memoirs ( written in 1980) is that the soldiers wore cowboy hats and were Canadiens???? That's why I was thinking of frontiersmen... kind regards, Jef
  14. Dear Gents, Is there a possebility some Frontiersmen were active in Flanders in November/December 1918? A local diary speaks about Canadians with hats. As far as I'm concerned Canadiands didn't wear hats during WWI or am I wrong. Frontiersmen??? with kind regards, Jef
  15. Thank you Bayern. I'm still looking to photographs, maybe I'll find similar retangular insignia? kind regards, Jef
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