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Owen

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    Peninsular wars and the Waterloo campaign.

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  1. Hi Jordan, no not private - you are on the open forum. I have just sent you a Private Message, so easier for you to reply to that. Basically, if you click on my name, above my avatar, on any of my posts within the thread, it will take you to my profile and you should see an envelope at the top with message written by it...that's the fella you need to send a PM. Owen
  2. If you can provide details of his full name and date of birth/death then I will have a look for you. Any other details would help, such as wife's name, where born/died. Owen
  3. Paul, Another absolute gem. Makes my 'Private Smith, born, served in the stores and died of old age' medals seem very dull (no offence meant to any stores experts here)! Keep posting. Owen
  4. Paul, Thanks for sharing the medal and Heise's fascinating story - it's amazing that so much detail of his military experiences survives to be found near and told. You can certainly pick your medals! I think the KGL were also well known for their singing! Regards, Owen
  5. Paul, Seems we have similar interests - I also have a small collection to the early Victorian wars in India. For me it's the possibility, for the long service soldiers, to have served in the Napoleonic campaign, Waterloo, India (Army of India Medal) and into the Gwalior etc/Punjab/Sutlej battles...although only ever personally seen one group that spans this whole period. Makes for great research reading. The jewel in my collection (well my favourite anyway) is a Waterloo to an Ensign in the Royal Scots..one of only 2/10 Ensigns left alive and unscathed after QB and Waterloo...wh
  6. Paul, thanks for sharing, the Waterloo medal is my favourite campaign medal. What a fantastic medal you have there and quite the story. I really like the period ribbon and - like you - the 'personal accoutrements'. Yours, jealously, Owen!
  7. For completeness, here is Hercules...a fine figure of a man!
  8. Just found the father John Roberts in the 1911 Census where he describes himself as a retired Major General of the Indian Staff Corps. Back to the research! Ok, so the father of John Henry Roberts (the artist) was John Roberts, who served in the HEIC, with the 40th Regt of Native Infantry. He was an Ensign in 1855 when he married his wife Mary ((in India), a Captain in 1859 when his daughter Alice was born (in India) and a full Colonel, on 19 Sep 1861, when his son John Henry was born (in India). He retired in 1883 as a Major General with the Indian Army Staff Corps and died in England
  9. That's really helpful, thank you for letting me know. To keep the military theme, I bought the 'Hercules' card, which I think is a tongue in cheek take on Army PT Instructors, then the Army Gymnastic Staff and now, of course, the Royal Army Physical Taining Corps. The 'weakling' is wearing the colours of the kit worn by Army PT Instructors and the crossed swords (albeit foils in the picture) is their emblem. Hercules The seller provides a bit more info on Roberts too, which is helpful. He was born in India and his father was a Major General in HM's Indian Army....can't be too hard
  10. This doesn't look like an imperial French eagle - hard to see the detail and looks as though the top of the shield is missing,so not sure if a single or double headed eagle. It also appears to have a cross in the centre. The shape of the body/wings, together with the cross, look like a Prussian/Austrian eagle. This is wild guesswork with no intimate knowledge, however, as a starter for 10, the Vienna crest has similar eagle with cross at the centre....might be worth investigating: Coat of arms of the Austrian federal state of Vienna Owen
  11. Thanks all, glad you like it! Yes, postcard sized...wish it was poster sized, but good things come in small packages my mum always said. Ahem, I had to look up gouache before buying it... What I would like to know is whether the design materialised into a postcard. I have googled it to death, but nada. Thanks, Owen
  12. I bought this a while ago, couldn't resist it. It's an original WW1 gouache artwork design (for a Post Card), signed by the artist J.H.R. (John H. Roberts), and with artists stamp on the reverse (J. H. Roberts, The Studio, 12 Grand Avenue, Hove, Sussex). In addition to the 'Red, White and Blue' ....I think that the iconic imagery of the British Lion, standing on ‘the green grass of home’ upon the White Cliffs of Dover, facing the enemy, under a flying Union Jack, really captures the sentiment of First World War British home front sentiment; a strong sense of patriotism, keeping morale up
  13. John, Shout if you need need any help, I have membership of both Ancestry and FMP. Merry Christmas, owen
  14. John, You have a belter! Troop Serjeant Major in the Kings Dragoon Guards...wow! I concur with the BMF links on the Waterloo medal. There is also an open source online copy of the historical records of the First, or King's Regiment of Dragoon Guards here: https://archive.org/stream/cihm_48393#page/n21/mode/2up Not sure if you have paid memberships of Ancestry/Fold 3? If so, you will find his Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Pensioners' Discharge Documents here: Levitt pension records (WO 119 at The National Archives, Kew). If you have membership of Find My Past, there are
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