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  1. 4 points
    I know that this is a very old thread, but I really wish to talk about the information about Albert Edward Dunn. I believe that this is actually Alfred Edmund Dunn, and my Grandfather. I got his full service records from the Navy in about 2004, for my Dad, but since they they moved four times, downsizing massively each time due to my Dad's ill health and needing no stairs, and they have been lost. I am planning on asking for them again, but the widower thing was a huge surprise to us at the time - the dead wife and children were completely unknown to my Dad. Alfred Edmund Dunn then went on to marry Kathleen Kaye, my Dad's Mother, and he wasn't told about the other side of the family at all. We don't understand why; being a widower wasn't shameful - had he been divorced, then perhaps, but his wife having died wasn't anything to hide. My Dad does have memories of playing with children who were older than him though, when he was very young - he always thought it was one of his cousins, Philip, but we made contact with Philip a decade or so ago, and he's younger than my Dad; my Dad was the oldest in his Mum's side of the family. So we wondered if he'd been playing with his half sisters and brother. My Dad's father died when my Dad was 9, and I was sure he had died of bowel cancer, though there was something about his leg. My Dad was 9 though, and in those days they didn't really tell kids anything, and he certainly wasn't allowed to visit his father in hospital. That kind of attitude was around for a long time; we weren't allowed to visit my Dad in hospital when I was three, after he had a heart attack, and that was a early 80's! My big brother and sister weren't allowed either, and my sister was 10! There are photos there of his medals, and there is a book that has a photo of the star, with the name side. I really want to know if it's possible to get hold of his medals - Gunner65, do you know where they are? Obviously I would get proof of being his descendent, and if they are in a private collection, I'd have to work out if the owner would be willing to sell, and if I could even afford that - I'm disabled and benefits are rather low. I just wish I'd looked this up earlier - I had been planning on visiting my parents at the end of April / beginning of May, and recording my Dad, so that he could tell me all of his old stories, everything about his parents, and tales of his fascinating life. Unfortunately I was ill and had to put it off for a week or two, and then my Dad died suddenly on the 8th May. So he'll never see the medals that his Dad earned, though he probably did when he was young, but he was born in 34, and obviously his Dad went off to war again when he was very young, so he didn't really see him much. I've been pretty devestated by my Dad's death. We were incredibly close. I know that he wanted to look up his ancestry more - his Mum's side of the family came from Lithuania, and that was intriguing to us. Today, with the centenary remembrance, I've been rather inspired to look up my Grandfather again. Finding this post, with details on him, albeit with the wrong first names, it's rather overcome me. I can't believe that I managed to find these photos, and the photos of his 1914 Star in a book. I didn't know about the armoured car stuff at all. When I got his records, my Dad was in hospital and had major surgery, so we didn't really have a chance to look through them properly, and deciphering the scrawl is difficult. We mainly saw that he had been widowed and that my Dad had more family; half sisters and a half brother, and that was enough of a shock! I really want to see if I can find them as well, so anything I can find about him would be brilliant. I do hope that I get a response. It would be pretty amazing if we found that his medals were in the possession of my Dad's half family; that would mean I found them and found my Dad's extended family as well! Thanks to anyone who reads this and can help! Nicola Dunn
  2. 3 points
    Hello all, It may seem like I’m starting a thread for everything this evening but hopefully they all have some worth. Here is a postcard from the Great War addressed to my great grandmother from her husband. It is silk with a a pouch containing a message card,complete with the envelope that has a censors stamp and the embroidery reads ‘To my dear wife’. I have another with the cap badge of the Middlesex reg on it however I can’t find it at the moment. If anyone else has anything similar could they post them as it would be nice to see more examples. Regards, Jack
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    Hello all, I'm relatively new to collecting but have recently purchased a few British helmets, one of them being this MK III shell. Information on British helmets seems to be a bit thin on the ground, I have seen many mentions of a book being made by Marcus Cotton but I cant find it anywhere so assume its not finished yet. So being no expert my self I was wondering whether any here had any thoughts or comments on this particular example and indeed the MK III in general. From what I know they were painted both green and brown when issued however the green ones are rarer and due to a long service life many were repainted, does anyone have any thoughts on the paint on this? I have also read that the rear seam being flat shows that it was made by Briggs Motor Bodies, Is this true as due to the paint I cannot see any makers marks? And finally what ways does anyone recommend or use for displaying helmets? Any response will be greatly appreciated, best regards, Jack
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    Portrait photo Jack WW1 period no way to date it without a post date stamp.
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    Very interesting Jack, nice collection of cards.
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    Hello all, Here are a collection of postcards depicting a funeral for air raid victims dated 20/10/15. Of course the blitz of the Second World War is always remembered due to its scale and length but the bombings of the First World War are often forgotten so I thought it was worth posting these. Hope someone finds these of interest, Regards, Jack
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    Yes it could be, I’ll give one a polish tomorrow to see how it looks and if I don’t like it I could always paint over it later. Regards, Jack
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    Yes that is strange I have never seen any being worn in period photographs either. Apparently they are 2nd pattern Gebirgsjäger goggles based on goggles used by Eskimos to prevent snow blindness. Apparently similar goggles were used by the French and the Italians during WW1 .
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    They don't need to be "airtight", that is not advisable, just to protect against dust, etc. Airtight is never good, the materials need to "breath"
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    Thanks for the link it was very interesting, however unless I missed it somewhere I don't think it mentioned where they sourced the helmets from, did they come from the factories and just went to be repainted or from the army back to the factories and then out again. I'm interested in this because both my examples have a layer of brown paint underneath so I can assume were bound for the army but it would be cool to know how far they got, my guess is not far and was it the same story for the N.H.S.R helmets? I'm going to search the internet (properly this time) when I get back from getting another broom handle. I hope one day to get both a blue and white police MK II to sit next to there descendants on the shelf (once its built), but for now at least they are beyond my price range. I doubt my packing skills are good enough to be air tight but thanks for the heads up i'll check on them from time to time. Hopefully they'll all be out on display by Christmas so I shouldn't have to worry about it too much. regards, Jack
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    Try this site Jack has the history of police helmets from WW2 to the 1950s, ( avonsomersetpolice.blogspot.com/2015/09/ww2-british-police-helmet-html )
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    Avoiding scratches is a big concern of mine, these helmets currently spend the majority of their time in bubble wrap and neatly placed beside each other in the draws under my wardrobe until I can make the stands and put up the shelving required to display them properly. Personally the existing scratches don’t really bother me just show the character and history these things have (however I don’t intend to add to them) and also make them easier to purchase which is always a plus. regards, Jack
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    Interesting, could you say where you read that as I have been looking for info on these but may of just been looking in the wrong places. I've also been searching for a photo of one of these in use but that has also been fruitless as of yet. I've attached a photo of my other police MK IV to show the colour difference, the second lighter blue seems to be the common type so I am leaning towards the idea that the darker blue could be because of the over paining and the striping of the paint. It is stamped RO CO AL 1953 and seems to have the same brown paint underneath the blue regards, Jack
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    Thanks for picture and advice as always, Before ruining my lovely broom and plank I decided to make a proof and concept to make sure everything would actually work. So using a random stick that I whitled long ago and some cardboard I created my very own first helmet stand. Not very pleasing on the eyes but functional none the less, the hole in the top is for the liner spike as one of my MK IVs is without a liner. I aim to make the proper ones on Monday. As to varied heights, personally I think I prefer them all at the same height and as I only have a small collection I don't have to worry about space as of yet. However in the future it is a problem I hope to have. EDIT: Excuse the jagged cut but I did do it with a penknife Thanks again, Jack
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    Yes they are folded just so as to hide the inperfaction , someone had fired paper staples through them making holes & runs in the material, 3 staples in each for some reason
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    Here's one of the stands I made Jack for the base I used a coaster.
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    Thanks for the reply. Making the stands out of a headboard is rather resourceful and clever. I’m fairly certain there is an old broom handle in the shed and I’m sure I can find a spare plank around, so I may give making my own a go over the weekend, probably won’t turn out presentable but you never know. thanks again for all the help, Jack
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    Yes very interesting I've never seen these before but would agree with Paul they do look WW1 period or just after.
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    Yes, I've found examples in different stores and web sites, but what I've never seen is an actual german soldier using them. Haha Fritz, that was funny. Hope you don't think I use this item skiing on holidays. I said how interesting it is looking through them. Naturally they are part of my colection and for display purpouses. Regards
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    Very interesting. I would say these were either of WW1 vintage or a few years afterwards as commemorative. These all WW1 vintage badges, as there were some changes with some of the regiments in the early 1920s. Leon would be able to explain this better. As you say, could be from matchboxes or even enclosed with cigarette packets. There used to be even collectors of vintage wine labels.
  22. 3 points
    Hi Jack, welcome to the forum, Leon is our expert on British helmets I'm sure he will be along soon. Paint looks original to me
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    As far as I know, they were developed prior to D-Day and issued then. In use for many years after the postwar period.
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    This arrived over the weekend, been looking for a nice one for a little while , & this popped up on an airgun forum of all places, as can be seen it's an SA80 bayonet, it still has most of the non reflective coating on the blade, also the scabbard is complete with cammo sheath , sharpening stone, saw, & button in place to enable it to be used as a wire cutter . The SA80 is a British family of 5.56×45mm NATO small arms, all of which are selective fire, gas-operated assault rifles. The L85 rifle variant of the SA80 family has been the standard issue service rifle of the British Armed Forces since 1987, replacing the L1A1 variant of the FN FAL
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