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  1. Recently purchased. A 1937 Coronation Gold Staff Officers Baton. King George VI monogram and 'Coronation 1937' underneath. Accompanied by a gilt wooden plaque indicating this belonged to R. L. Murray-Lawes. 2nd Lieutenant R. L. Murray-Lawes served with 2nd Company, 4th Battalion, Grenadier Guards during the First World War. The Staff officers were chosen from the three services - Army, Royal Navy and Royal Airforce. As well as the Baton they also wore a gold wool armband with a high quality finish. The duty of the Gold Staff Officer at the Coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth was to Marshal the Coronation procession inside Westminster Abbey. Robert Letheridge Murray-Lawes finished his military career in the rank of Lieutenant- Colonel after the second world war.He was the owner of the 423 acre Old Park Mansion Estate near Dover, which at the outbreak of the second world war, he gifted to the Ministry of War. .
  2. Hello, I need some help in identifying the regiment that this 1856 pattern Victorian drummers/buglers sword belonged to. As seen in the picture printed on the side of the handle is " 2 RM 157 6.88" . Any help will be much appreciated.
  3. Good evening Gentlemen, I have recently acquired two medals related to the Zimbabwe independence of 1980: - cupro-nickel Rhodesia medal 1980, unnamed (police personnel), - bronze Zimbabwe independence medal 1980, numbered 24214. Although both were awarded to any individual participating in the Zimbabwe independence process of 1980, could anyone of you let me know if it was allowed to wear the Zimbabwe independence one together with other British medals in police uniform or in civvies? Thank you in advance for your valuable information. All the best, Jean-Samuel Karlen.
  4. Hi guys, I've just chanced upon a really magnificent pair of Royal Navy Admiral of the Fleet shoulder boards and I thought I'd share some pictures with you! These boards are in really pristine condition with hardly any wear/mothing at all, except for the laces which are slightly stained, and with Gieves maker marks slightly tarnished on one side of the boards. Otherwise they are near perfect! The really interesting thing about this pair is the detailing of the Tudor Crowns, which are very well detailed compared to many other shoulder boards that I've seen. As you can see the middle section of the crown in-between the red felt, the Cross Pattee is clearly woven as compared to many others, which are usually designed with just a straight silver section cutting across the red felt. Feel free to upload some of the naval boards that you guys have and we might be able to see the differences even clearer!
  5. Just sharing some photos of my Royal Navy collection at various displays I've put on along with others up and down the country. Couple of errors here and there with the uniforms but by and large put right now.
  6. Got this 3 Victory Medals. I payed 40€ for them. it's my first strychnine in britishis medals so far. They are engraved: DM2-164135 PTE. C. W. PARKER. A.S.C. 204 GNR. A. G. DAVIES. R.A. 13-202 PTE. J. RICHARDSON. E.YORK.R.
  7. I was hoping someone might help me identify this helmet as I am fairly new to collecting British items. I'm fairly sure this is just a standard mkII infantrymans helmet manufactured 1943. I can see the manufacturer is printed as RO COLU but does anyone have any idea who this is? Additionally while I can tell the leather lining was likely a recent refurbishment by the helmets previous owner it has an old leather chin strap which based on its condition appears pre 50's. This was non-standard on mkII's so does anyone know where this could have come from? I was thinking it could have been one of the ones the ones the Dutch replaced when they bought a bunch at the end of ww2 but I couldn't find a reference picture. Any help is massively appreciated, thanks a lot!
  8. I know you chaps aren't normally the types to browse the Daily Mail website (just who are these Kardasians, anyway?) but this story about a group of officers in the Tank Corps, all of whom survived the Great War, might be of interest. One memorable quote from the story: one of the officers (Lt Gerald Edwards) described fighting in a tank battle as 'hell with the lid on'. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3824281/British-soldiers-survived-Ypres-happened-went-home.html The key to the officers in the photo below, together with mini-biogs, is contained in the article at the link above.
  9. Hello, I'm trying to find some information on my great great grandad who was a 20th hussar 1st battalion devonshire soldier in ww1. Arthur harvey howes served in ypres and lost his life on 2,5,1918. His regiment numbers were 31227 F. E and 4866 . A regiment photograph etc would be fantastic as I still have no idea what he looks like. Kind regards Neil
  10. Hello everyone. I have just joined this website and am happy to have done so. I've been eager to learn more about my new interest of collecting British Military militaria. Just today I won two auctions on eBay. One being listed as a "Victorian British Rifles Pillbox Cap" and the other a "Pre-WWI Royal Artillery Officer's Tunic." I was wondering if I could get some information on these items whilst they are being shipped to my front door as I don't know much about them. I don't know if this site allows assessing the value of items or not, but any information would be extremely helpful. The pillbox hat appears to have one little rifle regiment button on each side near the sweatband, though unfortunately they are hard to see in pictures. The artillery officer's tunic appears to hold the rank of Lieutenant and is has a name on it. I also noticed the buttons have the VR crown on it could that mean it is late Victorian??? Here's some images below, thank you for reading and have a nice day! -J.M
  11. Guys, This came out of the skip and we have 9/12 Lancers here in Bergen. I don't think it is from the 'Three Quarters' but may be from their history perhaps a previous amalgamation? It is modern construction, fiber glass body and the horrible staybright shield. Held together with 'bluetac' at the corners. Not my bag but couldn't see it binned. May be useful for spare parts? Jock
  12. Does anyone know what the difference between these two mess dress types signifies ?? I believe the one on the right might be for warrant officers, worn on the lower sleeve, and the one on the left for NCOs, worn on the chevrons ?? Thanks in advance !
  13. Long shot but wondering if it's possible to put a rough date to my MK V? It's in pretty good nick, with the liner intact, some deterioration to the hessian but no more than you'd expect. Any ideas? Thanks Alli
  14. Guys, Also a gift today. Condition not that great but can't complain at that price. 1945 dated and a typical maker.
  15. I just bought a pair of binoculars marked: Baldur Military, P 8 X 94, 18106 QM, HMS Dover. I can not find any information on the HMS Dover. I have only used Google. I have found a list of Bitish ships listed for WW1 and WW2 and the Dover is not among them. Can anyone tell me what I have? If this ship actually existed can you guide me to it's history? Thank you for any help you can offer. Ken
  16. Hi All, I wonder if there is anybody on here who has regular access to the National Archives and would be able to help me researching prisoners of war. I would of course be willing to cover the costs of this. Many thanks, Rob
  17. Hi can any one help I have a police military truncheon I think its Victoria one its black with a crown and WH 177 under the Staffordshire knot what year would I look for this? And what to do as I haven't a clue thanks Zoe
  18. Royal Regiment of Fusiliers grenades in honour of S George's Day Alli
  19. Erm well my little project has arrived and despite appearances is actually not as bad as anticipated(hopeless optimist) I was thinking from the sellers pictures that it would need dyeing but actually the discolouration isn't as bad as it seemed and although noticeable I'm inclined to leave it alone. Next step is getting a liner made. And I also need to make sure I have the bearskin the right way round on the frame . The skin has been cut so some repairs will need to be made as well. But it's all good. It's fine, I can do this Nothing like a fixer upper is there? Alli
  20. DSO, OBE, Single British War medal; Captain William Lewis Blennerhassett, Intelligence Corps, 5th Army - Examiner of German prisoners, seconded MI.1(c) (Secret Intelligence Service) attached to the Foreign Office Political Intelligence Department, served Great war, France, Switzerland, USA and post war in Russia and Lithuania. William Lewis Rowland Paul Sebastian Blennerhassett was born on 6 October 1882. (Rowland Lewis) (William "Willie" Paul Francis) Rowland Sebastian Blennerhassett (he used the initials R.P.F.C. Blennerhassett, placing Rowland first; W.L.R.P.S. B'hassett, placing William first, and was published and his medals were issued as "W.L. Blennerhassett" He was the son of Rt. Hon. Sir Rowland Blennerhassett, 4th Baronet and Countess Charlotte de Leyden. He married Olivia Frances Grove, daughter of Sir Thomas Fraser Grove, 1st Baronet and Frances Hinton Northcote, on 14 July 1910. By profession was a member of the London Stock Exchange. He died on 24 May 1958 at age 75. He gained the rank of Captain in the service of the Intelligence Corps. He was decorated with the award of the Croix de Guerre. He was decorated with the award of the Companion, Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.) in 1920. He was invested as an Officer, Order of the British Empire (civil) in 1920. 1914 August 1914, Second Lieutenant (temporary) “Such was the ad hoc manner in which the War Office assembled the “Intelligence Corps” at the outset of hostilities that its recruits came in all shapes and sizes - Blennerhassett is recorded as having reported for duty with his father’s sword and two spare shirts, and to have proved a hopeless motor-cyclist, writing off one of the unit’s Sunbeams after a journey that lasted just 50 yards”. November 1914; Mentioned in Despatches by Field-Marshal French, Commanding-in-chief, British Army in the Field, 20th November, 1914 (Gazette 17th February, 1915) Blennerhasset (t) W. L., Second Lieutenant (temporary) Intelligence Corps He was noted that; “The most eccentric original member of the Corps was probably William Blennerhassett, Thirty-one years old at the outbreak of war, he was described as; An extraordinary fellow, son of a Irish Baronet and a German women. He knows a great many of the Bavarian nobility including prince Rupprecht and he is the oddest creature in some ways, very eccentric and liable to take great likes and dislikes” November 1914; The undermentioned temporary Second Lieutenants to be temporary Lieutenants: W. L. Blennerhassett (General Headquarters of the British Expeditionary Force). 1915 April 1915; Graded for purposes of pay as Staff Lieutenants, 2nd Class.) Dated the 6th August, 1914, Temporary Lieutenants: — W. L. Blennerhasset. (General Headquarters of the British Expeditionary Force) November 1915; Blennerhassett and General Sir George Macdonagh, Director of Military Intelligence met with Irish MP, J.E.Redmond on his visit to the front. http://www.rte.ie/…/Account_of_a_Visit_to_the_Front_by_J.E.… 1916 August 1916; Promotion of temporary Capt. W. L. Blennerhassett 5th Aug. 1916, attached to the 5th Army under Lieutenant General Hubert de la Poer Gough June 1916; Graded for purposes of pay as Staff Captain 25th June 1916:— W. L. Blennerhassett. December 1916; Awarded the French Croix de Guerre, 30th December 1916 (As reported in the catholic newspaper “The Tablet”) attached to the 5th Army under Lieutenant General Hubert de la Poer Gough “The French decoration of the Croix de Guerre has been conferred on Captain William Lewis Rowland Paul Sebastian Blennerhassett, Intelligence Corps, son of the late Right Hon. Sir Rowland Blennerhassett, and uncle of the present baronet” A fellow officer remembered; at the end of 1916 he (Blennerhasset) came to the attention of the Commander in Chief when he crossed no-mans-land and persuaded some German soldiers to desert to the British (possibly liked to the award of the Croix de Guerre). 1917 Not Known 1918 February 1918; He was graded for purposes of pay as Staff Lieutenant, 3rd Class, (Temporary Captain. W. L. Blennerhasset), General List, from graded as Staff Lieutenant, 1st Class 4th February 1918. March 1918; Seconded to MI.1(c) (Secret Intelligence Service) under Captain Sir George Mansfield Cumming RN and attached to the Foreign office, Political Intelligence Department and sent as an agent to Berne, Switzerland. “The reports of the British military agent in Berne, Captain W.L. Blennerhassett to MI.1(c) and forwarded to PID (Political Intelligence Department) were very revealing about the activities of German agents in Switzerland and confirmed PIDs suspicions of the reliability of some of the information it received from that country. Blennerhassett identified the most formidable German agent active in Berne as a man called “Bismarck” who used “Typically” German methods to achieve his ends; a mixture of cunning and childish simplicity. All the concierges in the major hotels in the city were in German pay and they intercepted the mail of the most important “opposition” Germans and Entente agents and passed them to “Bismarck”. Blennerhassett reported that another “Formidable” German agent in Berne was named “Loewengard (see note below) The book “Armour against Fate” states; “His Family contacts explain why he was sent by the secret service to Switzerland to try to establish contact with the German “opposition” Note: In January 1918, Adolf Loewengard a former stockbroker and German intelligence officer based in Switzerland had recruited a former British Soldier Franz Bruno Grob (who had also worked for a number of British Stockbrokers and had been hand picked up to work for MI.1(c) by Mansfield Cumming in Switzerland) as a double agent. The leading German anti-war politician living in Switzerland was Karl Ludwig Krause who was funded by MI.1(c), he was one of those fermenting political dissent within the German armed forces 1919 June 1919; Murmansk Command, Intelligence Corps (noted Russian Speaker) Awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) and MID, Intelligence Corps “D.S.O. London Gazette 21 January 1920: For conspicuous gallantry near Siding on 11 June 1919, when doing intelligence duties, On the advance of the Russian troops being held up, he collected three men and led an advance under heavy fire, thereby assisting greatly in re-establishing the situation. As Intelligence Officer in charge of the forward area, he has rendered invaluable services in controlling an area of some 3,000 square miles.” MID; Mentioned in Despatches, Murmansk 11th June 1920, Blennerhassett, T/Capt. W. L. R. P. S, DSO Special List”. Times obituary 1958, “Blennerhassett ‘worked his experience of revolutionary Russia into material for two novels. The Red Shadow and The Dreamer, which were distinguished less for style or narrative than for their precise descriptions of scenes and events witnessed by the author.” October 1919; Captain Blennerhassett, attached to Foreign Office, Political Intelligence Department and is appointed “Interpreter” with the League of Nations, he attends the First International Labor Conference in Washington, DC USA http://www.erudit.org/revue/meta/2005/v ... 609ar.html According to his Times obituary from May 1958, ‘His abilities as a linguist were known to the Foreign Office” December 1919, Special Appointments Class FF (staff captain) Temporary Capt. W .L. Blennerhassett, General List 1920 July 1920; General List, The undermentioned relinquish their commission on completion of service: Temporary Captain W. L. Blennerhassett, D.S.O., 20th May 1920, and retains the rank of Captain July 1920; Foreign Office, Acting British Vice-Consul at Kovno, Lithuania, with a role to investigate German commercial interests in the Baltics (Foreign Office file FO 3716725) report to the Board of Trade on its “handicap to British trade” Acting British Vice-Consul at Kovno (Kaunas), Lithuania (until June 1921); His obit (Times 26.5.1958, p.states that he "occupied a position in Lithuania on behalf of the British Government"; (Foreign Office file FO 511/16 is a document written by W. L. Blennerhassett at Kovno 4.2.1921); November 1920, Awarded the OBE (civil) London Gazette November 1920, Captain William Lewis Blennerhassett, D.S.O. Services in the Political Intelligence Department, Foreign Office. “The Political Intelligence Department (1918–1920) was a department of the British Foreign Office created towards the end of World War I. It was created on 11 March 1918 by Permanent Under-Secretary Lord Hardinge, It gathered political, economic, and military conditions in both allied and enemy countries and prepared reports for the cabinet, the Foreign Office, and other departments” 1923 He returned to London Stock exchange where he was "a prosperous & highly respected member" for 30 years, with offices at Warnford Court, Throgmorton Street, London 1924 William Lewis Blennerhassett (named in error "Charles Blennerhassett") is mentioned in "The Zinoviev Letter" ch.2 "The Letter", p.57 Published by Heinemann, London (1967) “The Zinoviev letter has been one of the great unsolved mysteries of British politics. Purporting to be an official directive from the Moscow Comintern to the British Communist Party to foment insurrection in the Army, its publication had a devastating impact on the Labour Party's performance in the 1924 General Election. But the truth about its origin and its well-timed publication has tantalised historians and politicians ever since. In this absorbing narrative, the authors reveal in detail for the first time: How the letter was forged by a group of reckless Russian emigres in Berlin. How it was planted in the European intelligence network. How it was received and mistakenly authenticated by the Foreign Office in London. How a former secret agent, single-handed, forced Whitehall to publish it. How the secret service and its "master spy" conspired to ensure the letter's maximum impact”. 1932 “At the time our story opens, in the year 1932, William Lewis Rowland Paul Sebastian Blennerhassett had been a member of the London Stock Exchange for the past thirty years. He could trace his family back to the 14th century, when a Blennerhassett had served as Mayor of Carlisle. Numerous Blennerhassett’s had served in Parliament. William himself had earned a DSO for his service in Military Intelligence and the Foreign Office. He had been a delegate to the League of Nations. In the 1920s, he even published two novels set in revolutionary Russia. He was a rich, respected, highly respectable family man, justly proud of his illustrious heritage. Unfortunately, as events would shortly prove, he was also utterly lacking in humor or any sense of proportionate response. On the morning of May 26, as Londoners read their "Evening Standard," they saw featured within the pages of the newspaper an ad for a yo-yo company. It told the tale of a "worthy citizen" named "Mr. Blennerhassett," who became addicted to playing with yo-yos. It closed with the words, "To-day, he is happy in a quiet place in the country, and under sympathetic surveillance he practises Yo-Yo tricks...So beware of Yo-Yo, which starts as a hobby and ends as a habit." I'm not sure of the wisdom of an ad that touts its product as a likely gateway to madness and the asylum, but never mind that”.He sued the company for slander in a very high profile high court case and lost Published works As "W.L. Blennerhassett" he wrote for; "The National Review" June 1918 "Blackwood's Review" Dec.1918, Jan.1919 & Feb.1919; "The Gospel According to Karl Marx" published. In "The Cornhill" magazine Dec.1919 "A Tragedy of Error: being a contribution towards 'The truth about 1918' " pub. in ["The Cornhill" magazine Dec.1920]; William Blennerhassett worked his experience of revolutionary Russia into material for two novels, "The Red Shadow" (published Duckworth 1922) & "The Dreamer" (published Chapman & Dodd 1922), Contributed to "Encyclopaedia Britannica" on the history of Finland (EB vol.9 pp251-253 of 1962 edition) and Lapland (EB vol.13 p.718 of 1962 ed.) both under the initials "W.L.B."; He wrote letter on Russia to the TIMES 29.6.1920 p.12 Clubs Member of the Wellington & Savile Club
  21. I apologize up front for the lack of a photo, but a one photo listing on Ebay UK shows a typical all scarlet hussar officer's dress cap, sans badge. I emailed the seller regarding the ( unseen ) side buttons, and he replied they are for the Northumberland Hussars. According to my reference books, the cap for this regiment should be dark blue, with a light blue band & crown piping, not scarlet. Is this correct? Thanks in advance for any assistance.
  22. Some time ago I was luckily able to purchase off a medal collector some of my ancestor's war medals (which came to my attention out of the blue - he didn't know until I'd bought them they were my ancestor's). To my knowledge he'd been awarded the QSA (with clasps), 1914-15 Star, BWM, and VM. The medals I purchased was the BWM, VM and a GSM with Kurdistan Clasp. The GSM confused me because according to his RAF records he'd "relinquished commission" on 9th January 1919 - which is before the qualification dates to earn an GSM with Kurdistan Clasp. Is it possible someone (maybe my ancestor) took an erased GSM and had his name impressed on it? Hopefully the photos attached will help draw a conclusion? Many thanks, Giles
  23. I have always found British Regimental side drums, especially the old rope tension versions, to be quite attractive, and interesting in the wide variety of designs and colours. However, real examples are not inexpensive, and given their size, it's not easy to display a large collection. I have only one, for the 17th Lancers, which is a modern day repaint by Christopher Collins. I would love to see anyone else's examples. BobS
  24. Can anybody help in identifying this badge please? It is brass, a three headed thistle surrounded by a buckled belt. Similar to Berwick Militia badge but does not have a motto inscribed. Thanks in advance for your assistance Roysta
  25. I am looking for an article about the ribbons of the Victory Medals. This was published in August 1989 (p.26). Would any of the Gents be able to help out?
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