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  1. South African Brigade on the Western Front

    Jackie the mascot of 3rd SAI and his keeper Pte Albert Marr were both injured by the explosion of the same shell in April 1918. Jackie was badly wounded his left leg hanging by shreds of muscle and another jagged wound to his right arm. He was given chloroform and had the lower part of his leg removed and dressed and his arm was also dressed, he was taken by a passing ambulance to the Casualty Clearing Station and after a couple of was sent to the base hospital on the French coast. It was the end of active service for both Jackie and Pte Albert Marr with the end of the war drawing to a close. From early September to 14th February they were both lent to the Red Cross for the purpose of collecting money for sick and wounded soldiers between them they raised over £1000. Jackie was officially discharged on the 26th April on his arm Jackie wore one gold wound stripe and the three blue service chevrons, indicating three years frontline service. At Maitland Dispersal Camp Cape Town he received the usual discharge papers, a military pension, plus a Civil Employment Form for Discharged soldiers which had been filled in, signed and witnessed like any other such document. At a parade to welcome back officially the 1st SAI Brigade and a Peace Parade on Church Square Pretoria on 31 July 1920 he received the Pretoria Citizens Service Medal. Jackie was able to live out his days in peaceful retirement until his death on 22 May 1921, he was buried in a unmarked grave on Cheshire Fann, Villieria Albert Marr died in Pretoria, aged 84, in August 1973. Story and photo from the book Pyramids and Poppies ( The 1st SA Infantry Brigade in Libya, France and Flanders ) 1915 - 1919 by Peter K. A. Digby an excellent book,
  2. Christmas 1914 and 1916

    Here are a few pages from the book Christmas Truce by Malcolm Brown & Shirley Seaton I found recently.
  3. Here are a few more photo's relating to the munitions workers and a Staffordshire china model of a female munitions worker this photo from the book ( The First World War in 100 objects ) by Peter Doyle an excellent book.
  4. What is this helmet?

    Welcome to the forum James you have a fine collection of hats and helmets there, I'm sure someone on the forum will be able to help you.
  5. Kriegsmarine Insignia

    Nice collection Paul.
  6. Yes I agree It's the first one I've seen, the quality is poor with uneven edges and the back is no better, they will fake anything these days if they have a mind to do so.
  7. Here is a fake brass version I spotted on an auction site for sale.
  8. Here's a Tag Der Deutschen Seefahrt 25/26.5.1935 Tinnie Badge maker marked Paul Schulze & Co Lubeck, showing the image of a 3 Masted Steel Barque School Ship could be of the Gorch Fock built in 1933 the first of 3 School Ships that were built in the 1930's . And a holiday photo of the Gorch Fock seen sailing near Scharbeutz on the Baltic Coast in 1934/35.
  9. South African Brigade on the Western Front

    Here are images of the 4 regiments collar badges of the brigade. ( 1 ) 1st regiment. ( 2 ) 2nd regiment. ( 3 ) 3rd regiment. ( 4 ) 4th Scottish regiment. ( 5 ) 4th Scottish regiment button.
  10. Swastika Good Luck Charm

    Yes the symbol was used by the famous German Gladiator Valetinus who had the swastika good luck symbol on his shied in AD 175. And I believe many German soldiers carried one in the trenches in WW1 as a good luck charm.
  11. Here's an interesting item that was found by someone with a metal detector in County Durham. It is a die stamped copper alloy good luck charm 20mm x 22mm c1930 ?.
  12. Leather skull patch

    This post is going back a bit but I did finally identify what the patch was, it was British Royal Navy ie= Churchill's pirates submarine or trawler section.

    And here's a letter of confirmation for a bronze badge and booklet to be sent to the named person.

    Here's a silver version of mine also by Wernstein, it's lost a bit of silver on the front.
  15. The Australian Army General Service Badge better known as the Rising Sun (AIF) Badge was issued to all units in WW1. In all there have been 7 versions of this badge here is a list of them. 1st version 1901 had 7 star points and the word Australia arched above the Kings Crown and no scroll made from pressed oxidised copper and was issued to mounted troops in the Boer War. 2nd version 1902 made of copper had the words Commonwealth horse on a scroll and Australia arched above Kings Crown. 3rd version 1904 made of copper the best known version issued in WW1 and WW2 with the words Australian Commonwealth Military Forces on scroll. 4th version 1949 made of brass has the words Australia Military Forces on scroll. 5th version 1956 same as 4th but with Queens crown. 6th version 1969 in gilt has the Federation Star instead of Crown and the word Australia only on scroll. 7th version 1991 in gilt with Queens Crown and the words The Australian Army on scroll. The normal General Service Badge has twin lugs and cotter pin for fixing to the side of the Karki Felt Slouch Hat, there is a Light Horse version of the badge with slider bar to slip onto the front of the Puggaree ( Hat Band of the Slouch Hat ). Here are photo's of the badge on various headwear used.