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  1. One of the British Raj's most illustrious Regiments. Skinner's Horse was also to be known as the 1st. Bengal Cavalry. They were formed in 1803 as Captain Skinner's Corps of Irregular Cavalry. He was British - but, married to an Indian Princess. This initially barred him from joining the Honourable East India Company (HEIC). He created the unique and famous yellow uniform - which gave the nickname of The Yellow Boys. After many succesful actions against breakaway Indian principalities he was commissioned into the HEIC and given the rank of Lt. Colonel - however, he was a Brigadier at local level. He died in 1841 at 63 years of age. The Indian Mutiny brought about many changes in the old HEIC army and both Police and Military were reformed in 1861. This was the date Skinner's became the 1st. Bengal Cavalry. Their last change of name was in 1921 when they became the 1st. Duke of York's Own Skinner's Horse. The Indian Army took over the Regiment after Independence in 1947 and they are now a tank Regt.. Their long - and illustrious history is still carefully preserved and honoured. I bought this beautiful porcelain hand made and handpainted figure a few weeks ago - I had planned to have it at the house, but really have no place left to show it to advantage . It is in the shop and I will envy whoever buys-it. The sword is the 1912 Officers' pattern cavalry sword - so this uniform will be for the final period 1921-1947.
  2. http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_01_2015/post-6209-0-35525100-1422270535.jpgclick This post on The Oudtshoorn Volunteer Rifles was posted on 15 January by militarybadge. Unfortunately, he posted as a Blog and although he has had 78 views there has been no answer. There is no easy way to transfer a Blog post to the standard forums - hence a photo - and you will need to enlarge.
  3. Here is a nice group I have in my collection. With the research I have managed, so far. HOWEVER: I have TWO, so far UNANSWERED QUESTIONS: i) There is a M.I.D. Oak leaf on the Victory Medal, but I have not been able to find any London Gazette entry for a MID for Shearcroft. ?????? ii) He has, so far as I can tell, service from 1914 to 1918 and service from 1928 to 1948. BUT this is not to say that he also does not have service also from 1919 to 1927 - I just don't have any documentation which shows his entire career. But we DO KNOW that he has at least 24 years of military service. And YET, despite this - he has no LONG SERVICE MEDAL. WHY??? Surely, a man with more than 20 years service to King and Country should earn some sort of LONG SERVICE MEDAL ??????????? Does anyone have any idea why this particular man does NOT have one......? This group is PICTURED in my ALBUM in the COLLECTORS IMAGE GALLERY Lt. Col. Reginald James SHEARCROFT, M.B.E. East Surrey Regiment By David R. Bennett © 31 March 2013 Reginald James Shearcroft was born in Pimlico, London, on 5 December 1892 (cf. 1901 Census) and was living at that time in North Sheen, Surrey. (However, another source has him born on 14 January 1893). He enlisted as a ‘local enlistment’ in the Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment) – Territorial Force Battalion, where he received the number 5776. He then transferred to the East Surrey Regiment, (and was given the number L/14214) whose 5th and 6th Battalions (Territorial) did not see action at the Somme, but were part of the Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force (who forced the Turkish surrender in Mesopotamia). The Battalion then went to India, returning later (6th Battalion) for service in the Aden Protectorate – from 29 January 1917 to 29 November 1917. In January 1918, the Battalion returned again to India, arriving in Bombay on 14 January, and they remained in India for the rest of the War. By the end of the War, the Regimental number for Shearcroft had changed again, to 240050, (as it appears on his BWM and AVM) and he had been promoted to the rank of Sergeant, according to his Medal Index Card. His medal group was also accompanied by a brass nameplate, “Sgt. R.J. Shearcroft”. It is thought that Shearcroft then joined the India Army, for, when we next hear of him, he is appointed as a Conductor on the India Miscellaneous List, as of 1 January 1928. Next, he receives his first Commission - as a Major (Commissary) - on 15 November 1935 (India Miscellaneous List). This was also confirmed in the LG No. 34275 of 17 April 1936. At this time, the Adjutant General in India was Lt Gen. Sir Walter Leslie, KCB, KBE, CMG, DSO (who had held the position since 1 April 1932). He was then succeeded by Lt Gen. Sir John E.S. Brind, KCB, KBE, CMG, DSO on 1 April 1936. A “special appointment” to Shearcroft was made in January 1936, as an ‘Officer Supervisor’ in the Adjutant General’s Office at the AG Branch, Army Headquarters. Maj. Shearcroft (as he was then) assumed the position of officiating Personal Secretary to the Adjutant General (first Leslie, then Brind) in place of Lt.Col (Commissary) Jackson, OBE, who was on leave from India from 1 February 1936 until 6 November 1936. Then, on 1 August, 1937 Shearcroft is attached, as Assistant Secretary (D.3) to the Defence Department in Delhi – it is thought in a very superior confidential position, right at the centre of power. He is shown in the I.A.L. of October, 1939. During this period, Major Shearcroft was made a Member of the British Empire (Military) and his M.B.E. was announced in the London Gazette No. 34518 of 9 June 1938. As of 27 October 1941, Shearcroft is promoted, again, this time to Lt Col. (Commissary), Indian Army Departments. This promotion was formalised in the London Gazette No. 35440 of Friday, 30 January 1942. Finally, in April 1944, the Indian Army List shows Lt. Col. R.J. Shearcroft as holding the appointment of Director of Military Regulations and Forms, Defence Department. The last reference we have is the London Gazette of 25 February 1949 (LG No. 38546) which lists the retirement from the Indian Army, on 14 June 1948, of Lt Col. R.J. Shearcroft. Readers will of course recall that India gained formal independence from Britain on 15 August 1947. NOTES: Shearcroft’s 1914-1919 Victory Medal shows an Oak Leaf device, for having been “Mentioned in Despatches”. HOWEVER, I cannot find any London Gazette record of him having been M.I.D. Shearcroft had a fairly long military career, including War Service. He has at least four years service in 1914-1918. To qualify for a T.F.W.M. he needed four years service before August 1914. And then, from what we know, above, he has further service from at least 1928 to his retirement in 1948. At least 20 years. So a minimum length of service of 28 years or more, some of it (for ‘long service’ purposes) counting double, in war time. And, yet, despite this service, Shearcroft’s group does not show any LONG SERVICE award??This is very strange. Why no long service award? Unless he did qualify for one, but for whatever reason, the actual medal is missing from his group?Anyone have any answers / ideas??? Group of TEN medals to Lt. Col. Reginald James SHEARCROFT, MBE. Member of the British Empire (t.2) GVR. Military. British War Medal, 1914 – 1920 Allied Victory Medal, 1914-1919, British version, with M.I.D. Oakleaf Terrritorial Force War Medal, 1914-1919 1939 – 1945 Star Burma Star British War Medal, 1939 – 1945 India Service Medal, 1939 – 1945 Jubilee Medal, GVR, 1935 Coronation Medal, GVIR, 1937 By David R. Bennett © 31 March 2013
  4. Can someone please help me identify the history of my two zulu spears please!!!!email is deanespach@yahoo.com
  5. Greetings All. I would very much like to hear from anyone with anecdotal or historical stories or facts relevant to my historical website here: http://britishcavalryregiments.com I'm looking for, in particular, previously unpublished artwork - either here or by direct email (address in the website). Thankyou. Ross (Barnett)
  6. Hello all, here is a belt i have had for a while and never been able to positively identify and lives in my '?' box. The buckle design puts me in mind of the star of India... it isn't the best quality on the reverse and is devoid of any markings (the star does actually sit on its bottom two points whilst around a waist, it just didn't sit correctly for this photo however). The lace is of the type used by some Hussar Regiments and can be found on plate 74, number 27, if you have a copy of the 1900 dress regulations to hand and has become quite dulled over the years. It carries a thistle motif throughout the entire design. The rear of the belt is the usual red Morroco. I am thinking it is possibly Edwardian in date, but to whom i have little idea. Any ideas gents?
  7. Please check out the following thread... http://gmic.co.uk/index.php/topic/64947-badge-of-what-divisionunitbrigade/
  8. Evening all, I have tried to do a bit of research on the history of this cup but don't seem to be getting too far. If there is anyone that can shed some light on this it would be nothing less than interesting Inscription: Kellner's Cup Simla Races 1895 Presented By (C or G) F. Kellner & Co. Won by Col Tuckers Cock Robin Obviously some form of horse/bird/dog race or whatever they did for fun in those days. Thanks plenty
  9. I have also posted this on the BMF, so apologies, but thought I would share here too. For me, this was a case of one thing leads to another, with a welcome surprise at the end. As mentioned before, my main interest is Napoleonic wars and Waterloo campaign medals, but I am increasingly being drawn into the mid Victorian Indian/Afghan wars. Anyway, the more I look into that period, the more I am drawn into the later Indian/Afghan exploits (and medals)...after all, it is a continuum (even to today). I realise that most of you will know a lot more about this period and Tochi than I do - I am very much a beginner, so happy to be corrected. Recently, on impulse, I bought an India Medal with clasp 'Punjab Frontier 1897-98', to a 8870 Private G. Francis of the 3rd Rifle Brigade. I had no research or history to go on. Initial results have been pleasantly surprising, sad and disappointing with equal measure. Turns out that this medal belonged to 8870 Private George Francis and that he was with 3 Rifles during their ill-fated (certainly for 3 Rifles) expedition with the Tochi Field Force. The medal roll confirms his medal and clasp...also that he was "deceased". His service papers were located and they showed that he attested on a 'Short Service' engagement, into the Rifle Brigade, at Winchester, on 25 March 1887. Born Takely, Bishops Stortford in Essex, aged 18 years and seven months. Trade given as Groom. Father given as Samuel Francis. At his attestation medical, he was described as being 5 feet 5 1/4 inches. 134lbs in weight and a chest measurement of 33inches. Fresh complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. Wesleyan by religion. Following training (home), he served in Egypt from 19 October 1887, then South Africa on 2 August 1888 and then finally to India on 21 April 1894 (where he served for 8 years and 140 days up to his death in the Tochi Valley). He was granted 1 GC badge on 3 August 1889 and a further 2 GC badges on 23 February 1893. He extended his service (in order to to complete 12 years) on 31 March 1894. He died at Datta Khel, in the Tochi Valley, on 21 July 1897, after 10 years and 121 days service: The Rifle Brigade Chronicle for 1897 describes, at Pages 123/4, how Private Francis was the first man of the Bn to die in the Tochi Valley Expedition (as Batman to the CO), on 21st July 1897, and describes: "On the 21st (July 1897) occurred the first death in the Battalion, during the expedition (Tochi), Private Francis, the Colonel's batman, dying that evening of dysentry. How little did any of us then anticipate the terrible numbers we were to lose later on in that real Valley of Death, the Tochi, which at the date of writing, the 8th December (1897), stand at 3 officers, and 98 rank and file." I believe that the Private Francis referred to in the Chronicle is 'my Francis' as the only other Pte Francis listed on the medal roll for 3 Rifles at the time is an 'A. Francis'. This Francis does not show in any casualty lists. Also, the date of death fits with his service records and the 1897 Chronicle (at Page 229) lists Rifleman Francis G (8870) having died at Datta Khel on 21st July (1897). Following is a brief resume of the fearsome trials and tribulations that George Francis would have been exposed to during his part of the Tochi expedition: Tochi Field Force was formed in June 1897, with aim to exact retribution on the tribes (around the village of Maizar) who (a month earlier) had ambushed the Political Officer for Tochi, and his army escort. The Force included 6 Indian battalions and 2 British battalions (2nd Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders and the 3rd Rifle Brigade). The 3rd Rifles were stationed at Rawalpindi and the assembly point for the force was Datta Khel (some 15 miles to the north east of Maizar). 3 Rifles travelled to Khushulgarh by train arriving on 30 June and, that same day (evening) they began an 8 day march to Bannu (averaged 14 miles per day). With daytime temperatures in excess of 100 degrees F, marching was done at night, when it was a slightly more bearable 98 degrees! Despite many severe heat cases there were no fatalities for 3 Rifles (although the Argyll's lost 3 men). At Bannu they rested for 3 days, then marched west, through the Tochi valley, to Miranshah (approx 3,000 feet above sea level) and then, after a rest, onto Datta Khel where they arrived on 18 July. Of the 801 Riflemen who had begun the 170-mile march, only 726 completed it, the rest having left at various stages of sickness along the route. With all the battalions present at Datta Khel, the Tochi Field Force was complete and ready for operations (39 days after the Maizar ambush). Unfortunately, as we now know, George Francis did not make it to the 27th of July, when his Batallion marched out to join the 1st Brigade in the systematic destruction of all the houses there and around Maizar, as punishment for the ambush of 10th. June. As we said, George had the dubious honour of being recorded as the first in his Battalion to die from dysentry. Dysentery and fever were rife and by August/early September the number of men reporting sick daily was in three figures. and the force HQ decided that the battalion had to return to India to recover its health. It left Bannu on 30th October and there ended the the Rifle Brigade's Tochi expedition. They had marched through the Derejat and Tochi valley in midsummer amid duststorms and plagues of flies without ever seeing the enemy, until by the end, "we had now only a mere handful of sound men with us; the others pale, feeble and worn out, were either hospital patients or too weak to get along without assistance and had to be carried in bullock carts". Not a single man had been lost in action but over 120 died from Fever and Dysentery. So, in conclusion, I was pleased that the medal belonged to a soldier who had a story to tell (and I know that there is more to discover about his service), but sad and disappointed that it ended the way it did. I still consider myself to be a complete novice at research and this is very much outside my knowledge base, so, as always, I would be very grateful for anything that anyone may have to add or wishes to comment on -including the medal itself (and the edge naming). I have to assume that this is his only medal entitlement. However, when I next have time, I will visit Kew and see what more I can find in the Muster records about his service. Sources: Rifle Brigade Chronicle for 1997 (http://www.archive.org/stream/riflebrigadechr02owngoog#page/n130/mode/2up) WO 363 Series, for his Service Papers (Ancestry) WO 100/89, for India Medal Roll The London Gazette, 7 September 1897, Issue 26889, Page 4989 (https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/26889/page/4989 As a footnote, I have come across an interesting picture of the CO who Pte Francis served, as his batman, at the time of his death in the Tochi Valley: Lt. Col. Curzon was CO of 3 RB during the Tochi expedition - some brief biographical details follow, including a note about how badly the Tochi experience affected his health in later years: Owen
  10. Dear All, I recently acquired the attached portrait via eBay. It is a carte-de-visite mounted on a thin piece of square-cut board with no backstamp, which suggests it dates from the first few years of the medium - say, 1857 to 1867. On the verso is noted, in copperplate, "Col. Hume". The subject is wearing a pillbox hat (cavalry? artillery?), a black-leather pouch-belt with whistle and chain and roughly-circular belt plate (light infantry? rifles?), and what appears, to my eyes at least, to be an ordinary infantry patrol jacket. The two miniatures he is wearing are an Indian Mutiny medal with a single clasp, and another, with the curly suspension seen on, for example, the Sutlej and India General Service Medals, also with a single clasp. I have identified no fewer than fourteen officers of the British Army in the 1860s by the name of Hume, of whom twelve are ruled out on the basis of medal entitlement alone. The two remaining are Alexander Hume, a retired Major of the 101st, who was entitled to the Sutlej and Mutiny medals, each with a single clasp, and Edward Trevor Hume, Royal Artillery (late Bengal Artillery), who was promoted full Colonel on 1st July, 1885. He was entitled to the Indian Mutiny Medal with clasp for Central India and the IGS'54 with clasp for Umbeyla. It seems probable that this is Edward Trevor Hume (and there are portraits of him in the India Office collection which I can check), but can anyone comment on this uniform he is wearing? Is it credible as the uniform of the Bengal Artillery? ATB Mike
  11. I just purchased a Service Medal of the Order of St. John on line (it had previously been in a junk lot in Spinks in 2011 and I happened to miss it). It is silver, straight bar suspension, it is named Divl. Surg. F. N. Kapadia (Parsi)Div. No. 3 Dist. S.Jabd. 1920. The Parsi Ambulance Division was founded in Mumbai (Bombay) in 1902, it is quite possible that our man Framroze Naorojee Kapadia was a founder or very early member. What we do know about him is that he was commissioned as an Honorary temporary Lieutenant in the Indian Medical Service (LG 5/8/18) and subsequently Honorary Temporary Captain (LG 31/5/21). His St John Service Medal was presented personally by the Duke of Connaught during his visit to Mumbai on 22 February 1921. He presented a Deputation to the Viceroy for Indian Post Graduate training in 1924 (India Office File 3176).He was later made an associate officer of the Order of St John (LG 4/1/38). The Kapadia family are still prominent amongst the Munbai Parsi Community and the Parsi Ambulance Division is still going strong. While not one of the more expensive piece in my collection it is certainly one of the most interesting. Paulhttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_02_2014/post-3085-0-20027200-1393583762.jpghttp://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_02_2014/post-3085-0-53058200-1393583791.jpg
  12. The Battle of Ganadamak 1842 Perhaps it is my past as a numismatist that occasionally finds me purchasing an item because the date on the piece corresponds with the date of some famous or infamous event. The item must, of course, also bear some relevance to the event and not simply reflect a corresponding date. One such item was a British black powder percussion pistol dated 1842, which is the date of the Battle of Gandamak, Afghanistan. Background: The “Grim”, as the British soldiers called it, was an inhospitable rugged piece of the world quite unsuited for empire building and the “civilizing” of the indigenous people. Civilizing, pacifying or dominating the terms all become quite subjective depending upon one’s point of view. The one indisputable point was that to be taken alive as a prisoner by a tribe such as the ruthless Pathans would result in a long and most terrible death. Of this horrible fate Rudyard Kipling once wrote: “When you are wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains, An’ the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains, An’ go to your Gawd like a soldier.” This area, the “Grim” once belonged to Afghanistan but is better known by its more official name as The North-West Frontier, of India. The North-West Frontier included names as Chitral, Waziristan, Baluchistan and Khyber perhaps the most well know for the Khyber Pass. This stretch of land between India and Afghanistan contained some of the most fearsome advisories the British Empire would ever encounter; such tribes as the Afridis, Baluchis, Chitralis, Pathans (mentioned earlier) and the Waziris. These same peoples remained as tough, resourceful and ruthless right up to the present day, facing armies from the Soviet Union then, America, Canada and other allied nations of peace keepers. However this is not about current history but that of the situation Britain found herself in during the early 1800’s. The flag of the Honourable East India Company The First Afghan War: Russia viewed the riches of India, British India, with envious eyes and the only way to India and her riches was through Afghanistan. Russian influence in the area had already caused upheaval in Persia and the British, as a counter move, increased their presence in the North-West Frontier and offered what amounted to bribes to the ruler of Afghanistan to resist Russian advances. Once this had taken place and the Russian threat no longer looming there was a decision made to remove the current ruler of Afghanistan and re-install the older former ruler. This accomplished, an army set out for Kabul leaving a garrison in Kandahar and once in Kabul all appeared to have calmed down to an atmosphere of peace and tranquility ; but appearances were seldom a reflection of reality in Afghanistan or along the North-West Frontier. The 1842 Kabul Retreat or The Massacre of Elphinstone’s Army: In the spring of 1841 the commander of the forces in Kabul retired to be replaced with the unfortunate Maj. Gen. William Elphinstone; a man suffering from ill health and lacking the ability to make sound, if any, choices regarding major decisions. I use the term “unfortunate” as at this same time the Honourable East India Company decided to cut back on the payments to the different tribal leaders resulting in attacks on caravans attempting to use the passes controlled by their tribes. Kabul was now isolated, cut off from the rest of the Empire and in effect surrounded by the enemy. It was not long before the isolated Kabul was to see repeated attacks from the tribesmen surrounding city with sections being overrun. As the tribesmen closed in on the garrison William Henry Macnaghten, the chief advisor to Lord Auckland, now with the garrison in Kabul, attempted to negotiate with the tribesmen but was murdered along with an officer; another two were imprisoned. It was now up to Maj. Gen. Elphinstone to make the decision to surrender the city or stand and fight to the last man. The Afghans offered to allow the garrison and all personnel to march out of Kabul and return to Jalalabad, the nearest British stronghold. The offer was made with the assurances that the column would be granted safe passage. Elphinstone accepted the Afghan assurances. History would record this as one of the last poor decisions of Elphinstone’s career and the worst massacre to befall the British Army. No sooner had the column lest the safety of the city than tribesmen started sporadic attacks, picking off stragglers and laying down a harassing rifle fire killing soldiers, servants, women and children. As the column plodded along the enemy snipers and the harsh frigid weather continued to take its toll, men women and children froze to death in their tracks with many sepoys abandoning their weapons further their vulnerability. Elphinstone and a few others had been taken prisoner. In an attempted break through the Afghans lines two groups mounted despite attacks. A dozen men of the first group had ridden on toward Futtehabad with only one, the company Surgeon, Dr. William Brydon completing the trek to Jalalabad; only one of 4,500 men of Elphinstone’s command. The second group headed toward Ganamak. The Battle of Gandamak: On 13 January 1842 approximately fifty men led by Capt. Souter of the 44th (East Essex) Regiment of Foot reached the village of Gandamak. Earlier the 1st Brigade had left a force of Afghan irregulars at Gandamak while the main body move to Jalalabad with the hope of being able to relieve the besieged Kabul. Up to this point the local tribesmen had shown loyalty towards the British, however, as soon as the main column moved out the Afghan irregulars killed their officers, blew up the magazine and set fire to the camp. One can only imagine the disappointment felt by Capt. Souter’s men as they found a potentially hostile force in place of friendly troops waiting for them; the Afghans, under the guise of being friendly, attempted to disarm the British troops and take them prisoner. To the offer from the Afghans to spare their lives a British sergeant shouted “not bloody likely” which led to the brief but savage Battle of Gandamak. With only twenty muskets and fifty rounds of ammunition this small band stood their ground fighting hand to hand completely surrounded by the enemy. The Afghans began the attack with sniping fire followed by a series of rushes until only Souter and few soldiers and two civilians survived and were taken prisoner. In an effort to save the regimental colours Souter had wrapped them around his waist during the struggle. This appeared to be a gold sash which the Afghans mistook as the rank of a general in the British Army, thereby; it has been speculated, sparing his life and those immediately around him. In the end Elphinstone had lost 4,500 with a total loss of 16,500 including camp followers. Sir John Kaye wrote in 1851 of the massacre: “There is nothing, indeed, more remarkable in the history of the world than the awful completeness – the sublime unity- of this Kabul tragedy.” This episode led to the assembly of a British force at Peshawar and for the next thirty years the frontier remained unsettled with punitive expeditions political intrigues between the British and the Indian rulers all under the foreboding atmosphere of potential Russian expansionism. As one conflict ended the road to the Second Afghan War was being constructed; but that, as they say, is another story. Regards Brian Sources of research for this article includes: North-West Frontier 1837 – 1947 Robert Wilkinson-Latham Various Wikipedia sites on the First Afghan War and the Battle of Gandamak Arrogant Armies – Great Military Disasters and the Generals Behind Then James M. Perry
  13. Hi all, Interestingly I found little on this site regarding IGS medals and thought I'd post a pic of my very modest IGS collection. Still new to collecting so I was pleased to at least have these four on display. Not terribly interesting although the guy who won the 'Relief of Chitral' medal is also entitled to KSA, QSA (Paardeberg, Driefontein, Wittebergen, Cape Colony, Transvaal), Sudan Medal (Atbara Campaign & Expedition to Khartoum). I guess he's also entitled to Khedive's Sudan Medal. Also I found it quite difficult to find IGS 1936 to British Infantry Regiments - lots of Sepoys though. So went for Corps of Signals instead .... for now. Thanks.
  14. Hi guys, Does any of you bought the Victory Medal, British War Medal, Royal Fleet Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct medal to K12927 William James Lightbody (item no. 61, Estimated £70-90) that where sold on the Morton and Eden sale on the 18 July 2006. In this case please send me a message (or if you know where that set can be). Thanks, Timo aka Noor
  15. Tudor Henry St. George Tucker - still a fair amount of information to gather on this one but this is what I have so far: Born 1878 First commissioned to the service 4th Aug 1897 Died 1917 of Typhoid. Details are sketchy at best but we are working on it. Pic 1: Tirah/Punjab campaign Pic 2: Star - British War - Victory Pic 3: Dead Mans Penny These are the last of the medals I have received but will update if anything else crops up
  16. Hello all, This medal was presented to one Louis Henry Emile Tucker. Extract from London Gazette: India Office, January 1, 1891. THE Queen has been graciously pleased to make the following appointments to the Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire : — To be Companions. Lieutenant-Colonel Louis Henry Emile Tucker, Bengal Infantry, Deputy Inspector-General of Police in the Punjab. He began his military career approx. 1860 and retired with the rank of Maj-Gen on 27th April 1899.
  17. I am sure that many of us older collectors have medals that they have come across over the years and although not within theme collected have remained in a safe, box or whatever. I have about 15/20 such Victorian items, some that I have had many years ( 3 bar QSA that I gave 3/6 for(17p) I could not afford the Waterloo medal at 7/6 (72p) For p read Cents )some I have not had as long but are result of failed swaps. I was today being harried to move stuff around because of Decorators and came across my album of such items, two lovely clean Indian Mutiny medals stood out with their beautiful distinctive ribbons. I realised that I know very little about the men and wondered if someone more experienced with military research could point me in right direction. Both medals are to the 1st Battalion 8th Regt. 1. Geo(rge) Thwaites. Medal no bar 2. Jose(ph) Mitton Medal bar Dehli
  18. Hello, Can anyone inform me about the rank badges of Indian Imperial Police please? Thanks Shams
  19. Indian Police with District Commissioner Colonel C.E. Bruce CIE,OBE in Kohat, North-West Frontier Province This may interest some Members
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