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I Picked this up last week,  As can be seen it's a Royal Scots  fusilier cap badge, albeit a worn example, i like the age patina it has.. My great grandfather  ( Thomas Grier) was is the  regiment, but  unfortunately he was killed on the 28 March 1918 .

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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.  

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Thomas Caldwell's medals on display at the Royal Highlanders Museum, Glasgow, Scotland.

(Picture - Thomas Stewart)

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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.

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Studio portrait postcard

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Caldwell VC (left) with William Angus VC and Donald Cameron VC

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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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 Since my great grandfathers medals are long gone, I was going to buy blank medals & get them engraved with my grandfather's information , but was informed some folk are scrubbing original names off medals to sell as blanks, i dont want any part in encouraging that! So decided to go with repros for  great grandads entitlement. I got these and  am very impressed with the quality, the victory medal is die struck brass, the BWM, is very detailed with an antique silver finish , I might polish some of this off. I also got a BWM to compleat the set I have to W.H. Beck, until I can source the originals  for both men.

( I won't hold my breath on that)

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That's a very good idea, I am horrified that names are being erased from medals, it is just not right. Better to get a repro medal and get it engraved - actually, they should be stamped and not engraved, but that could be difficult to get done. I thought of this idea some time ago. You will need exact details of his rank, service number and unit, and the correct abbreviations on the medal. Perhaps there is a government or Defence office, which can provide help on this?

The War Medal should be in real silver.

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I've seen adverts for repro Death Plaques and Scrolls, they look very good and they will add the name and details of your relative on them.

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I have emptied  one of my display boxes & replaced it with what would have been my great grandfather's medal entitlement & cap badge, and medal card , thanks leon for sourcing the medal card & other documents, it's very much appreciated.  I think it's came out great, but might replace the tin do something else if I can think of something in it's place.

 

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Perhaps a family member has a photo of him, that would look very good in the frame, plus a couple of RSF shoulder titles.   

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13 hours ago, kenny andrew said:

Perhaps a family member has a photo of him, that would look very good in the frame, plus a couple of RSF shoulder titles. 

Thanks Kenny,I  will try for the shoulder titles, but I have tried to source a photo  for some time, but with no luck so far. A friend  suggested   some ww1 dated 303 Inert rounds

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I contacted britishwargraves.co.uk regarding  Thomas's grave , as i noticed they have a photo request  section, I got this a couple of days later. I am the first in the family to see this ' ever'. 

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You should take a trip there, many do. There are also WW1 battlefield tours. The Western Front Association used to organise tours. I heard that Paul Foster, a former member still organises tours. There is one due around November, but I believe this will be in the Ypres area.  Perhaps he could accomodate any extra wishes.

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Unfortunately I wont have the funds at that time, I have just returned from Crete and have a trip to Spain booked for late September,   but hopefully  I will be able to manage it in the future,  I would like to take my brother along as he is a Royal highland fusiliers veteran.

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