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A not-before-seen Claims document and a decidedly odd-looking MiD oakleaf: any comments?


Kimberley John Lindsay

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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear Great War Forum members,

Your expertise would be welcomed, please.

1) Having acquired an OBE group of five to an Indian Army Lt-Col who was Mentioned thrice (posh for three times), I was intrigued to find a document concerning his BWM and Victory Medal claim, which was new to me.

2) Furthermore, the Mentioned in Despatches oak-leaf (Swabians would call it an oakleafle), was of a style not seen before, but apparently issued or acquired in India.

The size is clearly more suited when wearing ribbons alone, it differs from the usual "small type" often incorrectly seen on the large medal...

Kindest regards,

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I would suggest at best it is a "replacement" emblem from a tailor or similar, it is certainly "unofficial",I would suggest it might be a bazaar jeweller's interpretation of an Oak Leaf spray, not one I've seen before?

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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear Harry,

Yes, I quite agree. It certainly has a Bazaar-like896161936_10Spencemedalgroupreceivedon9Nov2020.jpg.1bd39b5227f58a6e5aa527a871ec4f8a.jpg1328302243_1931IAListWarServicesRBSpence.jpg.9e6034dd0aee783af261f644c005528e.jpg look about it - but will be replaced by the usual oakleaf when the group is properly mounted...

For your general interest, here is the entire group (Lt-Col R. B. Spence of the Indian Army). All medals are confirmed.

Kindest regards,

Kim.

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According to "The great War Medal Collectors Companion" Howard Williamson. 

 

The bronze leaves were issued in two sizes.  The large was one and three eighths of an inch long  and three eighths at its widest point

The smaller is one inch long and a quarter of an inch wide and is worn on the ribbon only.

 

An original shows tiny acorns growing up the central spine. This appears a much later copy 

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Kimberley John Lindsay

Dear adrian 1008,

Thanks for that. 

I have the Williamson book and was not clever enough to find that. Well done!

Kindest regards,

Kim.

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