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Re the high price for a Canadian cap badge recently bought on ebay.

I too could be one of those crazed idiots.

I bought a BWM and VM, for £75. Both are boxed and in mint condition - see pic.

They were awarded to a Lt Hughes - no regiment or unit? Is this normal, not the price, the lack of unit?

regards to all.

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Yes! Quite normal,Pairs do not have Unit [Except RAF/RN]though the Stars do carry the Unit if Awarded,It should be relatively easy to establish his Unit from MiC &/or Army Lists "Wot a Bargain!"

A Quick look @ the MiC @ NA Gives only a handful of Lieutenant A Hughes{Single Name & Full Lieutenant}Royal Berkshire Regiment,South Lancashire Regiment,Labour Corps,Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders & Northumberland Fusiliers,Variously Listed as Andrew,Arthur & 1 just as A.Hughes,The numbers on the boxes may give some relevance when compared to the appropriate Medal Roll or MiC.

No A. Hughes; Lieutenants [single initial], Are recorded in the CWGC Listings

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Had a quick look at the online MIC's and the only Lt A. Hughes (ie no subsequent initial) served in the Royal Berkshires.

Hope this helps

James

PRO site is www.pro.gov.uk

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Is it really a bargain?

What's the MIC?

I had a feeling I had got caught up in the frenzy of bidding and spent too much.

I am new to buying medals etc. I also bought a trio (all to same man) for £54. I thought that was a good deal.

Thanks for the comments.

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The MIC is the Medal Index Card which bears details of he recipient and gives details of the meadl roll for each award. The can also bear useful information such as the Theatre of War in which the recipient served and if there was a Silver War Badge awarded or as we all hope with 14 Stars that the recipient was entitled to the Bar ! You can also find details of other Units which the recipient may have served with.

Re the price - Officers always go for more than OR's. You may find that the other bidders were collecting medals named to Hughes or had gone on the PRO Online and discovered that this fellow was with the Berkshires and this was there specialist area - there are many reasons why people chase certain medals.

Out of interest who was your trio to ?

Enjoy the research - you never know what may turn up, that is half of the fun !!!

James

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Guest Ian Bowbrick

Let's hope this Lt A Hughes was not an Australian, a New Zealander or a South African serving in their respective forces. :ph34r:

Ian

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Guest Ian Bowbrick

By DCLI you mean Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry? - I can't see it on the box in the picture or is it on something else?

The problem with officer's medals and one which many people forget is that our 'Dominion' forces had the same medals despatched in the same type of boxes etc etc..............nice pair though

Ian

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DCLI is the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, my user name and the regiment in which my grandfather served.

Nothing on the box except a sort of scrawled unreadable signature and the numbers 128 over 14.

Would the fact that a South African or Australian received the medals reduce their value or interest or just make it harder to track them down?

My trio was to L-20989 GNR D. Condon R.F.A

regards

Anthony

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Guest Ian Bowbrick

Oh I see - doh - put it down to being Friday :lol:

The value all depends on whether you are able to pinpoint the exact recipient and whether any of the possibles distinguished themselves or did something notable.

Ian

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Had a quick look at the online MIC's and the only Lt A. Hughes (ie no subsequent initial) served in the Royal Berkshires.

Hope this helps

James

PRO site is www.pro.gov.uk

The Medals would only carry his Initial & Surname;Full Christian names only being impressed on Mercantile Medals,so all Officers with Forenames beginning with "A" must be included.With regard to the query concerning South African Officers They would have Bi~Lingual[ie English & Afrikaans]Reverse Victories

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HarryBettsMCDCM wrote:

With regard to the query concerning South African Officers They would have Bi~Lingual[ie English & Afrikaans]Reverse Victories

An interesting comment that brings to mind a situation that I have never understood and on which I would love some documented and definitive information. During the Great War quite a few South African officers served with the South African Artillery during the 1915 rebellion and then came to the UK and joined the Royal Field or Garrison Artilleries. I have the medals of four such officers. In all four cases their 1914-1915 Star was issued by the South African government , but one of them received a bilingual Victory Medal issued by South Africa; two received the British Victory Medal (ie. not bilingual) and one received a BWM/Victory Medal pair from both South Africa (bilingual) and the British (non bilinqual). Any suggestions? Regards. Dick Flory

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.With regard to the query concerning South African Officers They would have Bi~Lingual[ie English & Afrikaans]Reverse Victories

...and don't Australian officers have "A.I.F" after their names?

Dave.

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Dave,

Yes I was about to make the same point. In my experience medals to Australian officers do have 'A.I.F.' after their names.

Tim D

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