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  1. Hello all, long time ago i got this photo. Those men look like gravediggers. They build a wooden coffin - on top are human remains and two of the man hold grund dug riffles. I censored the remains - i will keep the respect of this fallen man. Anyone else have dokuments or photos of this workers - even if millions died it seems like nobody talk about those men who dig the graves and give them a place to rest in piece. Stefan
  2. Hi everyone I am looking for any helpful information on 2nd Batt Kimberley Regiment that served in the German South West Africa theatre in 1914/15. I acquired a 1914-1915 Star to a PTE CWC Campbell, service number 147 and would love any help in finding records of his and a unit history. Thank you in advance and it's great to find this forum! Regards
  3. Hello readers. On February 21, 1916 the German Army began what would be called the Battle of Verdun. The German news magazine "Der Spiegel" already had several articles devoted to this sad event in both France's and Germany's history. It also reported that another historic meeting is planned this coming May on the battlefield between the German chancellor Angela Merkel and the French president Hollande. It may be recalled that the previous one took place between then chancellor Kohl and then president Mitterrand. This writer's family lost one member there who died of wounds as was earlier posted, namely Leutnant Johannes Holst. Bernhard H. Holst
  4. I got this medal from a friend but don't know anything about it. I think it's German or at least German made though I don't know it's name or even why it's was awarded. Any one know?
  5. Good evening Gentlemen, Can anybody answer the following questions regarding the "American issued" WW1 Salvation Army commemorative medal (see photos in attachment): 1) What's the size (width/thickness) and weight of the medal? 2) Was the name of the recipient already engraved on the medal (plinth on the back) when attributed or was it up to the recipient to have it personally engraved? Thank you in advance for your answers. Cheers, Jean-Samuel Karlen.
  6. Hello all, It's been awhile since I've last been here, however I've returned with a fairly pressing question. Is there a reliable resource where I would be able to locate numbers of combatants and casualties associated with individual battles of the Great War, particularly the battles of Verdun and the Somme? Best regards
  7. My sister found this colourized photo for sale for $1.00 on the street in Toronto and gave it to me. A sad fate for something which clearly meant a lot to someone once upon a time. The reverse says " SWAINE 146 New Bond St., W. Southsea ".
  8. Hi I am wondering if anyone can help out on this. After the Easter Rising in Dublin 1916. Fourteen men where shot at dawn in Kilmainham Goal from the 3rd of May till the 12th of May. Now here is the question, I know of two of them where shot sitting down, and with the lack of a post for the remainder to be tied to, would they all have been shot sitting on a crate or chair. any help with this would be great
  9. Hello Gents, today I want to show you a present that Oberbootsmannsmaat Bernhard Steinmann from Luftschiff L4 got for his " successful " paticipation in bombing Kings Lynn on January 19th 1915. It is a cigar - case stamped with Kings Lynn and 19.1.1915 plus mounted Iron Cross mini from 1914.
  10. A seaonal post with the anniversary of these tomorrow. Sadly it is empty but they could come with tobacco and cigarettes and a pipe and lighter, a card or other versions with sweets for non smokers and spices for others were produced. Showing mine with a period Xmas card and a mini Mons star medal trio.
  11. Guys, Just got this pair. Named to: 8685 WKR. M.G.Hill. Q.M.A.A.C. These were in the scrap silver again! Any idea what unit and rank that is? Jock
  12. Just picked this up. Sewn around a period magazine page as a backing. These embroideries of regimental/corps insignia were typically made in hospitals by convalescing wounded soldiers. The embroiderer here had quite a skill !!
  13. In all the nations at war, strong patriotic sentiments were promoted to fund the war. In this perspective, most governments sold War Bonds. But also the national Red Cross organizations and Christian or other welfare institutes were keen to collect money to fund their care for soldiers, sailors and civilians. This was done by the sale of postcards, street or house-to-house collections, fund raising manifestations etc. In Germany, a particular home front form of fundraising was called KRIEGSNAGELUNG, which is best translated as: Nails for the War. Participants could buy (symbolical) a nail which was hammered into an object, generally this was made of (German) oak and took the shape of an Iron Cross, a Warrior, a Shield with a crest or a Column. The benefits were funding the Kriegsopferwerk, the care for the German victims of war such as invalids, casualties and their families. Interesting to note, it that also communities of Germans and Austrians in the USA put up similar projects; an Iron Cross was nailed in San Francisco and a Shield with German Eagle in Baltimore. In Kiel (where at the well-known Germania Werft many U-Boats were built) the Vaterländische Frauen-Verein (Patriotic Women’s Society) and the Red Cross put up a huge wooden U-Boat to be “nailed”, starting from 22 September 1915. Obviously, spenders received a small paper scroll (13 x 17 cm), an Urkunde, to certificate their patriotism. For those of you who understand German, this may be an interesting article: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kriegsnagelungen From my collection, the Kiel document and a postcard of the U-Boat
  14. Hi , I am researching an officer of the 12th Lancers a Major Thomas Reginald Badger OBE . The last piece of information I have of him is in the London gazette saying he had been made a "Commandeure ordre L'etoile noire " or the order of the black star in 1920. My question is why would a British officer be awarded a french decoration and I also believe this award was somehow linked to African service and the king of Dahomey . Could someone please explain how this could have came about ? and would anyone have any information on the above officer . Regards
  15. In the spirit of the First World War Centenary, I would like to share my British Officer's Forage cap with the group. The cap is interesting in its own right (especially for a cap collector) but what makes it even more special and rare is the fact that it belonged to an Officer who served in the Royal Flying Corps. A brief overview of the Officer: Captain Tosswill was commissioned into the Worcesters in 1914. He served in France and was wounded at the Battle of Festubert. After recovering from his injuries back in England he was seconded to the RFC in 1916 where he remained until the end of the war.
  16. I just received these buttons today. I know the flaming grenade is French o.r.'s. Am I correct in believing the second one is Ottoman? It has the word BREVETE on the back opposite what looks to be a crescent and star. I thought the third one was Bavarian, but it would have a double tail if it was. Can anyone help? Thanks, Paul
  17. Guys, Got these today, normally would not bother but found the metal devices quite interesting, particularly the wound badge with the swords for the Eheren kreutz. A bit fiddley to photograph. Jock
  18. With the closing of the shop and my retirement, many things have come to 'light' - hidden in boxes and in cupboards for years. I found these in an envelope in just such a box - I really have no idea how long they were there. However, they fit nicely into this sub Forum - which has not had a lot of attention - although Nick makes it clear in the description that all Militaria can be included. Looking through them , I can see indications that it might be just one family's photos and post cards from WW1 - the family being German. They seem to start from 1915 and continue to 1918. I thought that I could see some family likeness' - one of the people seems fairly short and in one photo could be with his Father ? Please look through them and tell us what you think ? I will show first the cards that need to have both sides - then the the single ones. http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_05_2014/post-6209-0-88605400-1400753040.jpgclick http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_05_2014/post-6209-0-34663000-1400753203.jpgclick
  19. Hello everybody. Introducing a diploma given to an Italian, liutenant Michele Cuccurullo, 162 comp. CAIS (??), 11/11/1923. Since I've no experience about these French documents, I hope someone can comment it.
  20. Some 20 years ago (perhaps more) I bought a carrier bag full of RN stuff. I was in a London medal dealer's shop and a man wanted to flog a bag full of ephemera, including Pip, Squeek & Wilfred in their Original boxes and some badges. The dealer was not interested, so I asked him if it was all right if I took on the deal. That is how I aquired the inharitance of Signaller Louis Byles; the most complete set of personal stuff i have ever seen. I knew that it was extra ordinary, but as a collector of mainly Victorian RN medals, the lot ended up in a box in a cupbord, to be nearly forgotten, to be kept for times of "nothing to do" (which never came). Some time ago, my daughter asked me to help her out with er school work, she had to put up a personal research project about the Great War. I could even be invented, as long as it has something to do with that War, which started a century ago. I remembered this box, and started to digitalize the contents, read every scrap of paper, examined the photos and re-realized what a little treasure this was... There was an original parchment Certificate of the Service of Louis Byles in the Royal Navy; including the registered envelope which carried it to his address. This vellum document could be used as a CV, because it also contained the conduct of the (ex) service man. Byles only served his 15 years' contract and did not sign up for continuous service after the Great War, which may have brought him the LS&GC Medal. There was his last worn cap tally (H.M.S. PEMBROKE) from where he was dismissed into Civy Street, and his insignia, as worn on his wollen jumper. There were manuals (privately paid for, and his property), other certificates, photos of his family, his "house wife", named to him, an aluminium (inofficial?) dog tag, little brass numbered ships, a rifle cartridge converted into a pencil, a diary of a voyage to the Far East, etc. etc. I will share the photos of the lot below, for the sake of sharing information, and to picture the Naval career of a Naval rating, who joined the Senior Service as a Boy, but never made it to Petty Officer, how ever his conduct was V.G. (Very Good). The ink on the Service Document has faded, and I never went to Kew to get a better copy from that big store. I will show it as it is, but I have transcribed the document in Excel, and I will copy-paste it. Byles started his Naval life in 1904, as a Boy 2nd Class, and he was demobbed in 1919, as a Leading Signalman. Due to the sheer lot of material (to much to upload in a short time) it will take some time to show it all. I will not show it in a strictly chronological order, also because I don't know where to put the photos on a time-line, but I will try to maintain some kind of chronoligy. If any one is interested in a transcription of his diary/log of the trip to the Far East Station o/b HMS Defence in 1912/13, I could send it per e-mail. I hope that his inheritage may be a model to many careers of Naval ratings from the same era. To the average collector or amature historian the Great War is considered a phenomenon as such, but to the individuals involved, it was an unpleasent period (of service) in their lives. For military men, the Great War was what they were trained for (but not always up to), and they had to learn fast and under fire! Most professional Service Men had done their service, mainly in Home Waters, but also on foreign stations, to protect the British interests abroad (continuously in India) and, in 1914 (at sea), to fight slavery around the Horn of Africa (what's new?). Military and Naval Service was mainly confined to "showing the Flag", Policing the Colonies, and (as now) cooperating in international actions. Byles' service was subordinate to the above. The RN was in continuous training (for what?) and the Home Fleet was very active. Also, the Reserve Fleet was active. There was a permanent flow of personnel to and fro these components of the Fleet. This also had a relation with the contacts: an applicant could join the RN for a short, or long, contract followed by a reserve contract. Reservists had to perform regularly, but also they were preferent for Coast Guard jobs, and Life Boat Service. In 1914, the RN had their stuff well organized, and in a short time there were more men available, than ships ready/available. So, as time pressed, they were organized into a Royal Naval Division, to stop the German advance on Antwerp. This ended in a muddle, and a lot of reservists ended up in The Netherlands as internees (but that's another story). Ships that were built on British wharfs for hostile countries were annexed, and reservists (along with personnel of the obsolete Royal Yachts) were employed in these ships. Also, all "small" considered services, such as anti-submarine, mine sweeping, merchant navy support & protection, and the protection of of shore coasts had to be furnished. But, as these tasks were dependent on vessels (in short supply) the RN had to be creative, and many odd vessels were drawn into the Navy as Motor Launches.... Enough about the situation, lets get started with Louis Byles, who had no spectacular career, but who was a man with a sense of history, because he kept his things together for a reason, he wanted to document his Naval life, obviously because he thought that he had to. Thus a man with a sense of history, but alas, his further life is under the radar.... (so far). A group picture of Signaller Louis Byles (born 10-10-1884) and his fellow signalmen, on H.M.S. QUEENs signal bridge. The signal bridge was a platform over the navigation bridge, where in a locker the signal flags were kept. The signalers on H.M. ships were also referred to by their shipmates as bunting tossers and they were the ships only means of communications before the wireless era. The so called non-substansive badge on the right upper sleeve, showing the two crossed signalers flags, was introduced for signalmen, and it is still in use to day for the Communications (Tactical) Branch in the RN. Two men are holding the visual signaling flags for semaphoring, one blue and the other white with a blue horizontal centre stripe. All men are dressed in the serge jumper with white duck trousers and bamboo sennet hat. The man in the left is leaning on the ships helm indicator. Byles served o/b H.M.S. QUEEN from 8-5-1906 until 30-10-1907 and from 23-3-1908 until 13-5-1908 in the Mediterranean and Home Waters.
  21. Kiffin Rockwell was the first american fighter, who was shot down in the first world war. He volunteered to the frrench air force. He died september, 23, 1916. Does someone know, who shot him down? It was a german two-manned reccon airplane. But I couldn´t find out their names. Thank you very much in advance
  22. Can't find any information about this Belgium order. Any Idea? Thank you.
  23. Good afternoon! If anyone have an idea about this medal/order ? Thank you. Mark.
  24. Picked up an interesting item in T.O. today: Ross Rifle bayonet, no scabbard and 'modified'. It is standard length, etc, has all the right marks: proofed, C- broad arrow, 4/13 date stamp. However, the locking catch is gone and the holes, plus the groove on top of the hilt have been filled in with melted lead. Done fairy neatly but then both blade and hilt filed, the blade to sharpen it. On the pommel, a lot of metal has been filed away, I think to remove the unit identifying marks. I wonder whether this is a post service private project or whether somebody decided to make himself a trench knife with a nice heavy handle and no embarrassing QM stamps on it. Anyone ever heard of such a thing before?
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