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I got this nice 5 place medal bar to a south african, who served in africa and Italy.

I know, that the records are not available online but is anyone able to give some basic information about the designation on the medals: 21723 N. P. Williamson ?

According to my information, the numeral "8" was just worn on the ribbon bar and the clasp on the fullsized medal. In this case, there´s no clasp and

just the number on the Africa Star, I guess not everyone strictly adhered to the rules!?

Medalbar South Africa.jpg

Medalbar South Africa reverse.jpg

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You are correct the Africa star should have an 8th Army Clasp and the numeral be on his ribbon bar.

I have just myself become aware that lots of South African medals have a prefix, of which a few are:

C-Cape Corps

M-Indian & Malay Corps

N-Native Military Corps

These 3 groups relating to coloured recipients.

F-Women's Auxiliary Air Force

W-Women's Auxiliary Army Service

These 2 obviously to women.

I believe you can presume your recipient was a white South African and if you would like research Dewald Nel who is based in South Africa provides a service (when lockdown ends). dewald@nelantiques.co.za 

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Thanks for the information! What does abbrevation N. P. stand for?

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Those are most likely his initials.

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I was going to say I hadn't come across that combination and ask for an image, but Marcon1 appears to have answered correctly in relation to the opening image that they are his initials.

The prefix I have mentioned would come in front of the number eg F123456 would be awarded to someone in   SAWAAF 

Edited by Shots Dave
clarification

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His name name such as Nathan Peter. Nice group.

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