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    What makes some Brodie helmets more valuable , I have seen some sell in the high hundreds ? Is it ones with a certain regiment with insignia ?? . This is my one Mk 1* with JCS&W Liner dated 1938 Helmet is marked H/V 16 and has Seaforth Highlanders insignia with net Also has SS on the inside
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    If you use water, make sure it dries properly, otherwise more rust will be caused. I could also suggest a further alternative, using petroleum - not car petrol!!! But as known as "lamp oil", sometimes referred to as parafin oil, used to be for small heaters etc., not so much in use today. Soaking and rubbing the helmet surface (using a clean soft cloth or wadding) with parafin oil and letting it dry naturally will also loosen up and remove rust to a certain extent and will also brighten the paintwork a little. If using this, be sure to place in a well aired area (free from dampness) and avoid inhaling any vapours, as these can be harmfull! This would have to be repeated several times, this is the best method of gentle and gradual rust removal without harming the originality of the piece.
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    Hello Leon. Thank you for your reply. It does not have that stamp so it is probably one from world war 2 then. I am not sure if the colour is original, as most pictures shown here are of a lighter green. Should I get a replacement liner and chinstrap or just leave it as it is?
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    Hello! Leon21 seems to be an expert on these helmets and I really appreciate his work and research on this topic. I have just bought a Brodie helmet with the markings they are very faint so instead i write them down for you (the same way they appear on the helmet): BMB 1942 R48 As i found in your guide that BMB is the company that produced this helmet and 1942 is the production date. I cannot find anywhere though what R48 stands for. Also the chinstrap is on this helmet is not the one used on most brodie helmets as shown in the pictures. The chinstrap also has a bit of what I suppose is blood on it. It was also missing it's liner. It has no other markings on it. I could be a Dutch post-war Brodie helmet as I live and bought it in the Netherlands.
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    The bars appeared on the Queens medal for those servicemen who had completed 18 months service but had left the South African theatre before Jan 1st 1902 or had spent a period of time there after 1902.The Kings S.A. Medal was instituted in 1902 by King Edward VII for those who had served in South Africa after 1 January 1902 but had completed 18 months service in the conflict, not necessarily continuous, prior to the war's end on 1 June 1902. The King's Medal was always awarded in addition to the Queen's Medal, which continued to be awarded until the end of the war. However if you left the theatre before 1st jan 1902 you did not receive the Kings medal but you still got both of the bars even though you were not there continously in 1902.
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    Most WW1 Iron Cross 2nd class have a real silver frame, but not always. Another inidication is a magnet test, the iron core should respond, although not all cores were of iron, especially on some of the 1st Class pieces, both WW1 and WW2. WW2 Iron Crosses were usually never pure silver, and the 1st Class pieces could have a core of iron, brass, zinc or other metals, an iron core being the most desirable from the collector's point of view. An iron core may also have traces of rust after over one hundred years - or less, in the case of WW2 examples. Normally, the pin and reverse are almost a sure indication of originality, the pins can of course vary in shape. A maker's mark is also more desireable, there are originals with and without maker's marks. Before buying, it is best to make sure and get a good book or two on the subject, and to view as many (original) iron crosses as possible, before being sure as to whether a piece is original or not. In the 1960s and 1970s excellent copies were produced, but were usually honestly declared as copies, and much cheaper than an original, a good 1st Class copy would cost about one pound. Usually the black finish would give it away, copies never had the quality black finish of originals, also the form of the swastika, especially on 1st Class examples was different to originals, the copy swastikas being too thick , too "rigid" and too sharp, and the black finish being too matt. On the other hand, especially in the WW1 period as with 1st Class examples, there are two main categories, being, examples which were awarded (Verliehenes Exemplar) or examples purchased extra by the recipient, (Extra-, Privatstück or Zweitfertigung) or those produced after WW1 as an extra or replacement for a lost decoration, WW1 Iron Crosses were even produced in some numbers during WW2, when the recipient needed a replacement or an extra piece. It is also known that there are many 1870 1st Class examples on the market (even in real silver), with an inscription on the reverse as: Wagner, 14-Loth, these are usually copies, said to originate from Hungary. Up till a few years ago, Knight's Crosses in real silver were being produced in the USA, these cost a bit more, but at a fraction of the original. Since then, some of these may have since been passed on as originals, that is always the danger. In Austria many good copies were produced during the postwar years by the original makers in Austria, now illegal. Production of these items has long been illegal in the European Union, in the past, most copies originated from non EU countries, and today also from Eastern Europe, but the quality is usually miserable. Japan and the Far East are known to make copies. Some other high grade items have been produced in Thailand for many years now. Some examples: , Iron Cross 2nd Class 1939, averse and reverse. In both cases the ribbon ring is stamped with the maker's number (not always present) The example on the left has much of the original (silvered) finish remaining, to the right, most of the finish is gone. Note the form of the swastika. An example of the 1st Class in case of issue, much of the blackening of the centre has worn off, revealing the underlying iron, a much worn example. Reverse of same decoration. This had been individually engraved with the initials of the recipient plus date awarded, 4.I.1941 The pin hook is a period repair, and was originally of white metal as per the rest, a thick piece of copper wire has neatly been brazed on as a replacement. Note form of broad pin and hinge. The 1939 bar to the Iron Cross 1914 2nd Class, which was worn on the 1914 ribbon, and in the second buttonhole on the front of the tunic. The Iron Cross in the same class cound not be awarded a second time, so the 1939 bar was introduced. Same applied to the First Class, bar was then worn above the decoration. As worn by a veteran of both wars. This example as removed from a tunic. To the right an original case for the Iron Cross 1st Class. An example of a 1914 First Class decoration. This would be a "second" or private purchase piece, and not the actual example as awarded. The core is of iron, the 2-piece frame is of a silver alloy. There is no maker's mark, and this particular example can be described as "convex" (curved, not flat), but in the form favoured by many wearers. The reverse, showing remains of the fine original finish over the silver alloy. The broad pin is unusal, being rather chunky and with traces of filing, and differs slighly from the often encounted "coke-bottle" or tapered shape, as known to collectors. Decoration shows much wear, and some tarnishing to the finish. A further EK2 1939, mounted and worn by a soldier of the Luftwaffe.
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    Here's an interesting film Britain's Fire Service at War 1939-1945. Including 400 Canadian Voluntary Fireman who served in Britain from 1942-1945.
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    Here's another film the Auxiliary Fire Service 1930s
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    I fixed the link on your film Jack, here's another interesting film and although not NFS it is related being Civil Defense it's the first time I've seen the Civil Defense helmets being worn in a film.
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    Thanks, I believe she lived in Cricklewood, north west London, on the side of the truck in the photo there is NFS badge and below it two lines of writing, I think the number 34 is the start of the uppermost line. So from the chart you posted above could be for Ealing. Although it could just be part of a larger number and not related to the area code, so I'm just about to look and see if i can find any pictures of NFS trucks to see what is written on the sides. Regards, Jack I have found a film on the NFS but cannot view it as I don't have the right player but hopefully the link will copy okay below
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    Here is another US M1917, marked "ZC 180". It has the liner intact, however the felt pad has deteriorated away. Additionally there is a painted emblem on the side, that of the US 28th Infantry Division.
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    I am fast running out of room, so decided to utilise this wooden chest, I have lined it with an exercise Matt & I intend putting risers in the corners so I can cut a piece of board to size so I can have another layer of space * like a chocolate box* haha All the paper work in the pic is from an educational pac i bought regarding ww1. ( nice to dislay)
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    Here are some first aid kits for individual WW1 US Soldiers. These were carried in small web pouches that connected to the ammo and pistol belts, the first few are those encapsulated in metal tins, the last are more simple versions wrapped in paper.
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    Here is a stamp from a WW1 German Overcoat from my collection. If I am reading it right, by the codes listed above this would be from BA XIII: III Armee-Korps Württembergisches AK (Stuttgart).
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    very nice helmet MacMac, welcome to the forum
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    A postwar Fire Service helmet (in shape similar to the old WW2 Luftschutz - Air Raid Warning) from the West German state of Baden-Württemberg. as seen on the emblem at the front. I would think it is of light metal, possibly fibreglass? In use till at least 1990.
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    Here is my French VB launcher used on the Berthier and Lebel rifles.
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    Here we have a rimmed helmet marked "FKS 25" FKS=Thomas Firth & Sons Ltd.( both Manufacturer and Steel Supplier ) and Steel Batch 25.
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    Some of my other hats and helmets as well.
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    Thought i would mix it up a bit, picked this up about a year ago, me and a friend found a cache of old film props and gear, included was about a dozen of these soft caps. It came with everything minus the badge. The sweatband has obviously been replaced, however everything else is very nice condition. These items are quite hard to find in the US. I picked the suffolk badge because that's where I used to live while in the UK.
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    Next is another one of the "XH" series. This is one marked I believe as "XHQ". It has a size stamp on the leather as 7 1/8 inch. and the liner has a stamp of "Long 1917" there is another stamp but its too hard to make out. So these are definitely US made helmets, as R.H. Long was major producer of other web gear and products, which obviously made the liners for these helmets.
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    Next up is a rimmed helmet marked "BS 7". ( Manufacturer & Steel Supplier ) W. Beardmore & Co Ltd Glasgow.
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    Next is a helmet that was repurposed for a civil defense role in WW2. It has a thick layer of white paint over the original paint so the heat stamp is hard to see but it appears to be "FKS" 1 for Thomas Firth & Sons Ltd. ( Manufacturer & Steel Supplier ). British made helmet used by a American Air Raid Warden during WW2.
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    Next up is a rimmed helmet marked "HS" 499. ( Manufacturer & Steel Supplier ) Hadfield Ltd of Sheffield.
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    Ok, I am starting to post images of my British Helmets, so enjoy, it make take several days to get them all done. Up first is an unrimmed helmet with the liner intact. The heat stamp has a "V" over a possible "S" with lot number 103. I did also get a picture of the liner manufacturer as well. Either W. & E. Viener Ltd or Vickers Ltd of Sheffield. both used the letter V mark.
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    I got these a few days ago, the top three medals where awarded to F.W. Ditzel, his regiment was the Rifle brigade, the lower set are to W.H. Beck , regiment, royal field artillery, there is apparently a family connection ( uncle & nephew). These came with the badges I posted a couple of days ago
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    I got these 2 artillery badges with these two sets of medals today (uncle & nephew set ) , my question is , what's the difference in the two ?( What's the smaller middle one for) why no crown or scrolls?
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    Hi Buster, That's a very fitting tribute for your Great Grandfather and the ultimate sacrifice he made. My Great Uncle was in the Royal Scots Fusiliers too although he was in the 12th Battalion they may have known each other. Here are some new pictures I have found of him. Thomas Caldwell's medals on display at the Royal Highlanders Museum, Glasgow, Scotland. (Picture - Thomas Stewart) Carluke has the distinction of being home to three gallant recipients of the Victoria Cross - William Angus; Thomas Caldwell; and Donald Cameron. Among its other sons of note is Major General William Roy, the father of Ordnance Survey, born in Carluke in 1726 to whom a monument in the form of a “Trig” point stands in Miltonhead Road close to his place of birth. Studio portrait postcard Caldwell VC (left) with William Angus VC and Donald Cameron VC 1960's This photo, taken in 1919, shows William Angus VC with Sgt Thomas Caldwell VC, the second son of Carluke to be awarded a VC
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    Got this in the post today, as you can see it's a princess Mary tin, sadly no contents included . But looks nice displayed along side the death plaque.
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    Yes that's right Fritz, the price of the bullet pencil is crazy. I did find the Christmas card, but marys photo was glued to the back of it., so have just left for now.
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    Here's a run down of his service record. HMS Vivid.II ( Shore Establisment ) Plymouth Naval Barracks and Training Unit ( Stokers and Engine Room Artificers School ). From 28th July 1911 to 1st January 1912 with the rank of Stoker 2nd Class. HMS Orion, attached to the Dreadnought Battleship as Stoker 1st Class after being promoted from 2nd January 1912 to 4th February 1913. HMS Vivid II back at shore base between postings or more training from 5th February 1913 to 3rd April 1913. HMS Egmont ( Base ship/ Depot ship ) attached from 4th April 1913 to 12th May 1913. HMS Medea a Marathon-Class Cruiser from 13th April 1913 to 26th October 1913 with rank of Stoker 1st Class. HMS Defence a Minotaur- Class Armoured Cruiser attached 27th October 1913 to 31st May 1916 with a rank of Acting Leading Stoker. Below are images of. HMS Orion and HMS Medea.
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    Here's two interesting Brodie Helmets I spotted up for sale online both made by Briggs Motor Bodies of Birmingham. First one has the letters U.X.B. painted on the front of the helmet made in 1941 with a BMB liner of the same date a nice looking helmet. Second is a Alvis car factory fire guard helmet made in 1940 with a Vero liner dated 1940, during WW2 they produced Aircraft Engines as a sub contractor of Rolls-Royce Ltd and other Aircraft Equipment. They also produced the AC1, AC2, and AC3D Armoured Car, the AC2 was subsequently used as a basis for the 39M Csaba Armoured Car they produced a total of 61 for the Royal Hungarian Army and 16 for the Royal Air Force.
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    The 52nd ( Lowland ) Division. The Demobilisation of the Division began in December of 1918 and came to an end on the 31 May 1919 when the final Cadres left for home. Here is Angus McLeod's 1914/15 Star Medal Card it lists him as being Disembodied on the 23rd February 1919, a term used for a man of the Territorial Force. Disembodied = meaning a man of the Territorial Army at the start of the war would have been "Embodied" into the Regular Army, and at the end of his war service would have been "Disembodied" the Regular Army would not be concerned whether or not the man remained in the Territorials, the same Phraseology was usually also used for men called up from the Reserves.
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    Thanks for the information Gwar. Here is a Armband and Collar patches for a staff member of Arbeitsgau XV, not sure which District Sachen or Hessen-sud have you any information or photo's of these two.
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    Thank you , leon21, Your document of the Freiwilliger Id booklet for the FAD is as always great deal of information in such a small item, Yes the Meldeamt office was 1 for Bremen as stamped and it seems Max was at Arbeitsgau XXVII, Abt. 5/173 Honor name "Julius Langbehn der Rembrandtdeutsche" located in Harpstedt not far from Bremen and the Schwalbennester or swallows nest on the shoulders of the tunic represent a Musiker or musician.. I have no picture of the arbeitsdienstlager at this time but will make a note if found.. Many Thanks... G
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    Very nice Gwar, here's a couple of items I have, feel free to use them in your research.
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    Picked these up today at an antiques fair today, they are the British war medal & the victory medal , both named to the same man. Both in nice condition , ribbons didn't fair as well but I have folded them to hide most of the fraying & grime. PTE. P. MCRAE. . RAMC.
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    LOL.... I just saw this on Facebook and was going to say the same GSM (1918), it was replaced GSM (1963). However he could have had the GSM pre-war also. Possible bars are listed here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Service_Medal_(1918) The patch is the " British Army Salisbury Plain District Formation" /Ian
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    This is the battledress that replaced the wartime 1937 or 1940 patterns. The crowns (Queens Crown post 1953) on the shoulders are indeed for a major, the yellow backing has also some significance. The arm badge does look somewhat like stonehenge, I'm sure someone on the forum will recognise and explain this The medal ribbons are following: 1939-45 War Star Africa Star 1939-45 War Medal The last one I don't recognise, but I'm sure you'll find this somewhere.
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    Hi Jack. Many thanks for letting me know about the mark on the chin strap lugs, I did wonder if it was a number 3 , but went for the 'M' instead. I'm going over Christmas to take the headliner out and clean up the inside of the helmet to see if there are any other markings on it. As for the colour, it looks like a rush job for some thing as there are paint runs all over it, paint has made it's way inside and on the headband. Many Thanks. Paul Burns.
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    Not so long ago there were still many of these on the market, since I bought my only example, they seem to have suddenly got scarcer. The badges for the weibliche Mitglieder are usually more expensive, but seem to be slightly more abundant than the men's issue presently. Has become a more expensive item in the last couple of years, I got my example for 25-30 Euros as far as I remember. Particularly interested in Niederdonau, especially around Tulln. The other insignia, headdress and uniforms are also interesting By the way, the second "T" is missing from Dienststellenabzeichen in your text! Just for the record.
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    A German Tiger tank on its side in a ditch, North of Rome, and an american lorry in the background driving past (18 June 1944) A.R. Tanner (captain)
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    It may take a bit of set up time however it allows practise and testing of a vital skill that otherwise would only be possible on a live fire exercise, so the training value far out weighs the hassle of setting it up.
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    Thanks so much, Leon21. This is very helpful. I thought the stamps might possibly be rather poorly executed HS stamps, which would be Hadfield of Sheffield, but it's hard to tell what they are! I've looked at them in various lights with magnifying glasses, and it still seems uncertain. The second stamping, between the two longer lines, might even be a blunt WD arrow, if I allow my imagination some free reign.... Thanks again for all your help. It's much appreciated.
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    Welcome to the forum Allan, the helmet is most likely British made but the stamp marks are unknown, it's possible that this shell was refurbished into the M1917A1 helmet commonly referred to as the Kelly helmet at some stage in the past. Between 1932 and 1936 the American M1917 and the British MK1 helmets were modified with a new leather liner and web chinstraps and used by the American Army until the new M1 helmet was introduced in 1941. The M1917A1 helmets saw service at Pearl Harbour, and Wake Island and the Philippines. The helmets were painted a sandy colour for the Army and blue for the Navy.
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    The vehicle in the picture is a Austin K2 Auxiliary Towing Vehicle (ATV) the suffix ATV was likely added after the war as there is no period evidence of it, 20,000 were ordered by the government in 1941 however few arrived in time for the height of the Blitz, They remained in service till 1970 with some regional fire services. I've attached a link to the page where I read all that it goes into good detail for anyone interested. http://www.romar.org.uk/page381.html regards, Jack
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    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


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