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    A boxed example of the very rare Silver Spanish Cross without swords attributed to Rudolf Wachtler & Lange complete with LDO box. This rare award without swords was awarded to non combatants and is much rarer than the version with swords. Only 327 were awarded. V.G.C.

    £6,995.00

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    These nice mugs are being offered for around 9-10 Euros by a small firm in Germany. They have the same design of motto as the old regimental plate by Meißen
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    Very nice. Posen no longer exists as such.
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    Another group photograph, around 1912-14, recently purchased by the Museums partner in Holland.
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    Various pictures kindly sent from Holland A patrol in France during the Franco-Prussian War. The stirrups were probably wrongly adjusted, which can be of great disadvantage at the wrong moment, the one Husar to the left re-adjusts his stirrups, while the other man holds lookout. Artist unknown, possibly Emil Hünten, (*Paris, 1827, + Düsseldorf, 1902) A post 1919 photo for a reunion The first memorial from 1923. Some of the names are quite familiar. An informal gathering at the memorial, ca. 1936, before the statue was errected. The standard bearer. Probably taken 1915 in Russia. Later, all regimental flags and standards were sent home to their garrisons for safekeeping, in order to avoid the risk of capture. The old Danish Dragonerkaserne in Wandsbek from 1854, Lengerckestraße, used till 1893, when the regiment moved to the new building. Used again during World War I by other troops. It was later sold and demolished after WW1. The new building in the Schilleranlage, parts of which remain today. A group of NCOs of the Musikkorps, H.R. 15 with Obermusikmeister Sippel Trompeterkorps zu Pferde Carl August, Erb-Großherzog von Sachsen-Weimar, K.H., was from 1873 till 1875 "à la suite des Regiments" Heinrich XIX., Prinz von Reuß, Durchlaucht, ca. 1872, was also à la suite Kgl. Bayerischer Chevauleger, also 1. Garde-Dragoner-Regt., died 1904. Just for a touch of humour - Alexander Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Graf zu Hachenburg in "Narrenkostüm", and the Prince how he should look when "sober", ca. 1870 Großherzog Friedrich Franz II. von Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Regimentschef, till ca. 1883. Seconde-Lieutenant Graf von Metaxas, 1878 abkommandiert vom Königlich Griechischen Offizierkorps z.Dienstleistung beim H.R.15 überwiesen von Abercron of old Scottish-Danish aristocracy, bis dato Portépée-Fähnrich, Seconde-Lieutenant as from 1888 von Pelet-Narbonne, Kommander of the Regiment in 1888, later General Staff, author of the well known History of the Prussian Cavalry. Großherzog Friedrich Franz III., K.H., in Russian Uniform, and in the uniform of the Regiment Wilhelmina, Königin der Niederlande, Majeur, 31.8.1898, Chef des Regiments Ali Achmed Izzet Bey, 1.10.1898 dem Regiment z. Dienstleistung übewiesen, 19.9.1901 Kgl.Preuß. Oberleutnant, 28.4.1902 verabschiedet. Ewald von Trauwitz-Hellwig, author of the last regimental history of 1931. Leutnant von Ernst, hitherto Leutnant in Dragoner-Regt.15, 23.5.1911 ins Regiment versetzt, 27.1.1912 Oberleutnant. Rittmeister Carlo von Hanstein, Herr auf Wallhausen, previously Adjutant of 8. Kavallerie-Brigade; 22.4.1912 Eskadrons-Chef im Regiment. Inspektion und Vorbeimarsch. The Kaiser on a visit to Wandsbek, along with other notable persons of high rank, including Ludwig III. of Bavaria, extreme left with white beard. The reasons for the Kaisers frequent visits was the Derby in the Horner Rennbahn and the proximity to the sea. Many officers of the regiment took part in the Derby, including Rittmeister Braune.
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    Film has disappeared again. Here is the trailer, which I hope is a more permanent link. A film really worth seeing, which is an accurate if humoristic portrait of the military in the pre-war Kaisers days.
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    Here is a great Klassiker by Carl Zuckmayer, the main rôle played by Heinz Rühmann, Berlin-Köpenick, 1905. From the novel based on the true story of Wilhelm Voigt, a shoemaker with a record as a petty criminal. How Voigt put on a Guards officer uniform (Hauptmann), stopped a small troop from the Garde-Füsilier-Regiment and ordered them to fall in, stopped a further detachment from the 4. Garde-Regiment, and marched off to the station, boarded a train and got off at Köpenick, marched to the Town Hall and occupied it, setting up posts without and within and demanded payment of the contents of the safe, whilst arresting the Mayor. In the end, when the authorities had realised what happened, he was arrested and imprisoned. He was also allowed to keep his uniform, which he had paid for, legally his "property". The Kaiser remarked with a hearty laugh, "In Preußen ist Recht und Ordnung. Das gibt's nur bei uns. Kein Volk dieser Erde macht uns das nach!" When His Majesty the Kaiser got to hear of this and heartily laughed, Voigt was immediately pardoned and released and given his papers, which he had always been longing for. He became the famed "Hauptmann von Köpenick". The lesson was, that people respect and obey the uniform and the authority behind it without limit. Production year, 1956:
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    An unusual item of equipment, kindly donated by a gentleman in Holland. Said to be a Futtersack for horses, attributed to Rittmeister von Ernst, name is clearly printed or stencilled to one side. Heavy natural brown cotton canvas material, the bottom has a carrying loop to each side and the top has a row of brass rivetted (similar to Zeltbahnringe) rings for a closing cord. Some staining and use marks, otherwise very good condition and with no damage. It resembles closely the Seesack / Kleidersack, which was issued to Wehrmacht personnel for their clothing and equipment, but considerably larger. Rittmeister Joachim von Ernst 1914 - Oberleutnant, kommandiert zur Dienstleistung beim Auswärtigen Amt 6. August 1914, Mouland, Belgium, Kommando Ergänzungstransport 11. November 1914: Regimentsstab, Führer Große Bagage 1926, Rittmeister d. Res. außer Dienst von Ernst, earlier photo as Leutnant, 1911. From 27.1.1912, Oberleutnant, later Rittmeister der Reserve a.D. The helmet purchased for the Museum last year has finally been published in the latest edition of WANDSBEK INFORMATIV, February 2019
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    List of of members of Kameradschaft ehemaliger 15er Husaren, Bundesnachricht Nr. 24 / 1935
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    Some original postcards of Hindenburg depicting him at various stages of his career, from Kadett at Wahlstatt to Generalfeldmarschall As a Kadett in Walstatt / Schlesien, 1860 Kadett-Selektaner, Berlin, 1865 (HKA Lichterfelde) Seconde-Lieutenant, 3. Garde Regiment zu Fuss, 1866 Hauptmann im Generalstab, Stettin, 1878 Oberst u. Kommandeur, Inf.-Regt. 91, Oldenburg Generalmajor u. Chef d. Generalstabes d. VIII. A.K., Coblenz General-Feldmarschall u. Chef des Generalstabes im jetztigen Krieg, 30.7.1917 Copy of an old photo of the helmet worn by Hindenburg at the battle of Königsgrätz on 3. July 1866. Hindenburg fought on wearing a peaked cap over his bandaged head wound. Unknown whether this historic helmet has survived till today.
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    Some images received from Holland Fritz Rechberg, Oberleutnant der Reserve. Uniform before 1899. His brother, Arnold Rechberg also served in the regiment. Fritz Ohlendorf, Trompeter, 1906 Trompeterkorps, Ohlendorf marked with "arrow". He has a Tuba as an instrument. Photo was sent as a postcard from Lockstedter Lager to Frau Frieda Ohlendorf, Ferdinandstraße 4 in Wandsbek with text: Trompeter Korps des Husaren-Rgts. 15 im Lockstedter Lager (Holstein) 1910.
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    They could have been killed during a bombardment or a trench raid.
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    That's a mad photo, and as you say the gasmasks don't seem to work, must have been terrifying for them.
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    An extract from a biography concerning the military service of Ernst Bove, Unteroffizier. This is from an unknown source, which we received as a photo copy. Unfortunately no photos as backup. Ernst (Erni) Bove cam from a wealthy family living in Hamburg near the Alster. Ernst Bove was priveleged and served as Unteroffizier before the War, most likely as Einjährig-Freiwilliger Unteroffizier. A good sense of humour and fairness was also prevailant at the time. Gern wird eine Begebenheit aus der Zeit kurz vor dem Ersten Weltkrieg erzählt: Erni Bove übte einige Wochen als Unteroffizier in der Wandsbeker Kaserne. An einem Sonnabend war er Wachhabender, mußte also seine 24 Stunden im Wachlokal absitzen. Er wollte aber lieber die Nacht bei seiner hübschen, jungen Frau in der schicken Parterre-Wohnung in der Overbekstraße auf der Uhlenhorst verbringen. Leicht fand sich ein geldknapper Unteroffizier, der sich gegen eine entsprechende Summe nur zu gern bereit erklärte, die nächtliche Wache Erni abzunehmen, ein selbstverständlich streng verbotenes Wachvergehen. Ds Unglück wollte, daß ausgerechnet in dieser Nacht der Schwadronschef, der Rittmeister von X., nach froh durchzechtem Kasinoabend in ewas weinseliger Stimmung die Wachstube morgens um 1/2 5 kontrollierte, sofort merkte, was los war, alles wecken und die ganze Schwadron in Paradeuniform zu Pferde antreten ließ, sich auf seinem Schimmel an die Spitze setzte und in Richtung Hamburg Uhlenhorst abrückte. Dieser Rittmeister - das muß man wissen - war privat mit Erni Bove befreundet und wollte ihm einmal einen Schabernack spielen. Vor dem Verlassen der Kaserne hatte er dem diensttuenden Wachhabende noch zugerufen: „Den Bove, den werden wir uns jetzt einmal holen.“ Gottlob rief der clevere Unteroffizier sofort in der Overbeckstraße an. Erni Bove erkannte die Situation schlagartig und meisterte sie. Alles wurde zum würdigen Empfang der etwa 120 Husaren mit ihrem Rittmeister und drei Leutnanten in windeseile vorbereitet. Im großen Wohnzimmer wurde vom Mädchen alles Erforderliche für ein üppiges Sektfrühstück für die Offiziere hergerichtet. Überall standen Sektkühler mit Champagner, Kaviar auf Eis, Toast, Cigarren, Cigaretten usw. Usw. Ein benachbarter Kolonialwarenhändler lieferte schnellstens (man bedenke: es ist Sonntag Morgen um 1/2 6 einige Fässer Bier, die draußen auf dem Fußweg neben eilig aufgestellten Tischen mit Gläsern und Bergen von hilfreichen Händen gestrichener Wurst-, Schinken- und Käsebrote angezapt wurden. Währenddessen trappelten fast 500 Hufe durch die schlafenden Stadtteile Eilbeck und Uhlenhorst; die Einwohner der Wandsbeker Chaussee, des Mühlendamms und der anderen Straßen stürzten aus ihrer Sonntagsruhe aufgeschreckt wegen des unbekannten Lärms an die Fenster. Als die Husarenschwadron in ihren Schmucken, bunten Uniformen mit Pelzmütze und Attila in die Overbeckstraße eingebogen war und vor der Boveschen Wohnung ihre Paradeaufstellung einnahm, trat der Unteroffizier der Reserve Bove in Galauniform mit seiner Frau auf die Terrasse hinaus, meldete strahlend dem verblüfften Rittmeister, daß alles zum Empfang und Imbiß niemand mehr dienstlich oder gar böse sei... es gab ein rauschendes Fest, und als zwei Stunden später alle gemeinsam wieder in ihre Kaserne abrückten, sollen die Wandsbeker Husaren fröhliche Lieder durch den Sonntag-Morgen geschmettert haben. So etwas war nur vor 1914... und nur bei Ernst Bove möglich. Ein befreundeter Bankdirektor aus der Overbeckstraße rief den Morgen bei meinem Vater an und fragte: „Was ist nur bei Ihrem Schwager Bove los? Hier ist ein reines Feldlager auf der Straße. Alles ißt, trinkt und singt.“
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    A German trench after a gas attack, the gasmasks seem to have been of no avail. Unfortunately no further details or info on photo.
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    The Arylls were in both so it could be either, I’m looking to see if I have any other information on him that might help as otherwise I think it is just a 50/50 guess.
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    Text updated with an important and remarkable comment by the Kaiser!
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    One more from my collection. Very much still a work in progress. I feel I have only scratched the surface on this one. George Ormiston Wood - 1st, 2nd and 4th Battlion, The Kings Own Scottish Borderers Born: 1918 Birthplace: St Boswells Father's Occupation: Policeman Died: December 15 2003 Married: Masie Scott of Overhall 1957 (died suddenly 1982) Residence St Boswells - 1918-1922 Roberton - 1922-1931 Thornybank, Denholm - 1931-1988 11 Teviot Crescent, Hawick - 1988-1995 Crumhaugh House, Hawick - 1995-2003 Schooling Roberton School Hawick High School (after passing 11+) - Left 1935 Revereand Mortimer's Boy Scout Troop Jobs Telegram Boy, Borthwickbrae Post Office Joiner, Hawick - 1935 KOSB - 1935-1947 Insurance Salesman, Britannic Insurance Company 1947-1957 Lyle & Scott, Hawick - 1957-1982 Army Career Enlisted - 14 June 1935 3rd Class Certificate of Education - Depot, 24 September 1935 Posted - 1st Battalion, KOSB, Malta - 20 November 1935 2nd Class Certificate of Education - Malta, 1 April 1936 Posted - 2nd Battalion, Jubbelpore, India Posted - 4th Battalion, UK - 1944 Posted - 1st Battalion, Palestine - 1945 Left - 1947 Hawick Archaeology Society Joined - 1955 Life Member - 1977 Honorary Vice president - 1989 Copuncil Member - 1959-1972 & 1982-1988 Field Secretary - 1962-1972 Field Excavations - HAS Crumhaugh Tower Dod Burn Pele Tower Heronhall Norman Burial Ground at Minto Regeneration of Pine TRees near the summit of Ruberslaw Competitions Denholm's Best Kept garden - Winner numerous times 1988 - Council for Scottish Archaeology Robertson Award - 2nd Prize Published Articles Roberton, The Making of a Parish, 1991 Report to the HAS of the Excavation at Crumhaugh Tower 1962-1965 Obituary - Borderers Chronicle 3187807 - George Ormiston Wood - Sadly George died 15 December 2003. George joined the Regiment in 1935 as a regular and joined the 2nd Battalion at Jubbelpore in NW India. He served in India until being sent as escort to Italian prisoners taking them to Australia. After delivering his charges he returned to Britian via the USA in time to join the 4th Battalion in liberating Walcheren in the Netherlands. Geroge saw out the war with the 4th before serving in the 1st Battalion in Palestine. After de-mob he lived in Denholm where he became a well known authority on local culture and history with many booklets and pamphlets about the Borders to his credit. His last 10 years were marred by a very severe debilitating illness which he bore with customary cheerfulness. An hour or two in George's company was a delight often experienced by this writer. George was a true Borderer in every sense and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
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    Thanks, Dave. Nothing more on George Wood yet. However, I do have others in my collection that are various stages of research. Perhaps I will post some more in the near future. Cheers Graeme
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    Fantastic Graeme. I love it when someone can put a face to the medals and they go from being lumps of metal to someones life story. Any more?
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    Mainly KOSB but I do still dabble in other things. It's a good start to my research on him but as I say with this chap I have just scratched the surface so far. It's interesting to note that both Obit's have his army career wrong. In the regimental magazine, The Borderers Chronicle, I have found mention of his early career and it ties in with his GSM. The Clasp he has is 'Palestine' which means that he was there with the 1st Battalion in early 1936. The Chronicle puts him as transferring to the 2nd Battalion in late 1936. He qualified for a 'Palestine 1945-1948' Clasp on his return to Palestine in 1947, again with the 1st Battalion. I have never seen a GSM with both a 'Palestine' and a 'Palestine 1945-1948' Clasp.
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    That's quite a comprehensive history you have there G sounds a nice fella too. Its good to know that with your medals his memory will still live on. Are you collecting purely the KOSB now?
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    Picture 1 - Training Squad, Depot, Beriwck Barracks, 1935 Picture 2 - George Wood being presented with the Dutch Liberation Medal by the Dutch Military Attache, Hawick, 2003 Picture 3 - Charcoal sketch of George Wood by Sandy Milligan, Approximately 2000 Picture 4 - The medals of George Ormiston Wood
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    The Poetry of George Ormiston Wood "Written at Kitchener Lines, The Ridge, Jubbelpore, India, 1939. In the tough days that come just before the monsoon breaks, wnd with Borthwick Water, where I spent my boyhood in mind and knowing that a greater storm than the monsoon was not far ahead." My heart it is sore for a sight of my homeland Out here on the plains, so sun scorched and still When the wind only raises the hot choking dust-storm I can still feel the kiss of the mists on the hill As I wander the tracks over wearisome ridges By some waterless nullah or sun dried ravine I can see thy cool rivers 'neath moss covered bridges I can see thy broad valleys so pleasant and green I can still see the bracken, rain soaked and green smelling As I trod in the dawning thy wind-swept wild land And hear in the evening, the soft peals come swelling Where heart of the country, thy grey churches stand It's deep in my heart still lies a great longing to old friends and old scenes, when days were carefree At eve and at dawning the meories come thronging While far I am wandering, my Homeland, from thee
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    Hawick Transactions - Obituary HAS has lost a stalwart member with the death of George Ormiston Wood. "Ormie" was born in 1918 and spent the first years of his lif in St Boswells coming to his beloved Borthwick Valley when he was 4 years odl, his father having transferred to take charge of the Roberton Police Station, now a private house, appropriately named 'The Coppers'. Here it was that he cultivated his lifelong love of nature, exploring the hills, woods and ponds around his home, in search of whaups and peewit's nests, newts and baggies. He went to Roberton School under Miss Cameron who gave him a sharp crack on the knuckles with a ruler if she saw him writing with his natural left hand and was in Reverend Mortimore's Boy Scout Troop. Passing his 11+ he cycled to continue his education at Hawick High School and got a summer job as a telegram boy at Borthwickbrae Post Office, only ever delivering one telegram, all the way to Howpasley for which he received the princely sum of 1s 6d. On closing o the Roberton Police Station in 1931 the family moved to denhom to Thornbank where Ormie stayed for almost 60 years. He continued to cycle to school, having trouble with tempremental carbide lamps returning home on the dark winter evenings. After starting work as a joiner in Hawick in 1935 he joined the Kings Own Scottish Borderers and after training at Berwick he went to Jubbelpore on the North West Frontier with the 2nd Battalion. When war was declared he went with Willie Lunam who had joined up with him to Australia as part of an escort for Italian Prisoners returning via America to join the 4th Battalion in Belgium and crossed the scheldt to play his part in the liberation of Flushing and the final push through Holland and Germany where he was present at the famous Letzlingen Common Riding. He to the end kept in touch with the Vesters, the Dutch family with whom he was billeted. He was brought home ill from Holland with osteomyelitis, an infection of the bone and bone marrow which led to him spending a year in Peel Hospital, his weight at his lowest being down to 6 stone. As a Regular at the end of the war he was transferred to the 1st Battalion and served in Palestine eventually coming out after 12 years in 1947. On returning to civilian life and to Denholm he took great interest in the village youth club particularly enjoying a game of badminton and resumed with zest his walking of the Border hills and further afield, Common Riding expeditions to the Lairig Ghru and the Corrieyairack with Ally Murray and Sandy Milligan being particularly memorable. Ormie was grand company in the hills and even when increasingly stiff in later life moved with deceptive pace. Every January 1st for many years he climbed to the top of Ruberslaw to see in the New Year. He was also responsible for the regeneration of pine trees near the summit ensuring that future generations will be able to enjoy the peace of his favourite glade. He worked for 10 years as an inusrance man with Brittanic Insurance Company then spent the remaining 25 years of his working life in Lyle & scott's stockroom, retiring in 1982. He married Masie Scott of Overhall comparatively late in life in 1957 and they had almost 25 happy years together before her sudden death in 1982. One of Ormie's great passions was his Thornbank garden which contained many rare plants and was a veritable showpiece winning Denholm's best kept garden competition year after year. Another of his great interests was archaeology and he joined the HAS in 1955 becoming a Life Member in 1977 and being made Honorary Vice President in 1989. He served on the Society's Council from 1959-1972 and again from 1982-1988 and was Field Secretary from 1962-1972 when he carried out Excavations at Crumhaugh Tower with Frank Scott, at the Dod Burn pele-tower and at Heronhall, birthplace of Sir Andrew Smith and again from 1982-1988 when with Jimmy Millar and Peter Elliot he took on the mammoth project of restoring the Norman burial grounds at Minto for which sterling efforts they were awarded 2nd place in the Council for Scottish Archaeology's prestigeous Robertson Awards in 1988. He also led many field walks for members to places like Dere Street and Chew Green and a spin-off from this came in 1983 when the Society was approached by the Community Education Department with a view to providing leaders for walks for their '50 plus' group and Ormie was pleased to oblige establishing a very happy relaitionship with the group. In 1991 he contributed a most comprehensive article to the Transactions entitled 'Roberton, the making of a parish' which was alos published in book form. In later life he was a great supporter of the KOSB 4th Battalion Old Comrades Association going on many pilgrimages Gid Lumsden organised wearing with great pride his 1939/1945 Star, his French & Germany Star, his Victory Medal and his General Service Medal with Bar for Palestine. During his last 20 years Ormie had to contend with the degenerative ankylosing spondylitis which involved the fusing togethre of the vertebrae in his spine which led to his becoming increasingly immobile and evenutually crippled. This necessitated his move from Thornbank to 11 Teviot Crescent in Hawick in 1988 and then to Crumhaugh House in 1995 where he spent hi last years physically paralysed but mentally extremely alert which he was to the very end. An inverterate reader he had a special device to enable him to turn pages and another ingenious aid which allowed him to type on his computer. Despite his helplessness he was totally uncomplaining and never heard to grumble and all who visited him came away the better for having enjoyed his crack for the old soldier faced his final enemy with the same courage and fortitude he had demonstrated defending the Empire and it was extremely fitting that just weeks before he died the Consul General for the Netherlands from Edinburgh and the Dutch Military Atache from London came to Crumhaugh House to present him with the Dutch Liberation Medal. Ormie's years of suffering are now over but he has left for all privileged to have known him imperishable memories of one who represented the now sadly rare yet priceless values of comradeship, discipline, integrity and respect. Fareweel, auld freend and peace be wi'ee IWL
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