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  1. More info, searched the national archives and found the medal records section, this is useful, as they hold all of the records for all army awards issued during WW1. These have been scanned and catalogued, copies can then be bought. Cpl G.F. Elsdon had 2 medal cards! one containing the Mention In Despatches, the other card containing the record of medals awarded. These can be hard to interpret, and it took me a while, but there are references linked to the London Gazette, which give publication and page No. for details that have been published in the newspaper, this can be promotions in
  2. Just found a website covering this before i came back here, basically saying the same thing. The medal is the same as in the picture, the one i have is the Silver 2nd Class medal as stated on the certificate, although the ribbon is different in colour, Being Dark Blue, blue,white and orange. Not to sure what the award was for, or for the area of operation, Macedonia? I did see on another regimental site that foreign awards recognised by british government were announced in the "Gazette" this is one that falls in that category. Rick W, dont suppose you would know what 2 Battalion, Rifl
  3. Here we go, everything i have so far on Corporal G.F. Elsdon of the Rifle Brigade. I believe that my great great Uncle, George Forder Elsdon, served with the Rifle Brigade through the first world war, his details from medals and other paperwork are as follows:- Rifle Brigade No. 6934 Corpl G.F. Elsdon 2nd Bn (Info taken from certificate "Mentioned in Despatch" 7th November 1917 from Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, recording his majestys high appreciation of services rendered, and signed by Winston Churchill Secretary of State for war, certificate dated 1st March 1919). From medal
  4. Have a good look on the internet for the best deal as well, it can range massively on the same TV!
  5. I have recently found some information about a relative who served in WW1 and survived. Not 100% on where in the family tree he was, yet to be confirmed. However on his return home, a postcard was made with his picture on it, stating that he was the most decorated veteran of his town, i have yet to obtain this, but it is coming, along with anything else, medals etc that remain. I do know that he was called George F Elsdon and served with the Rifle Brigade, and that he was a Corporal. Any help with pointers as to where to look for research etc would be greatly appreciated!
  6. Before you go and spend large wads of cash on dizzy etc, check the dizzy shaft, get hold of the shaft that the rotor arm attaches to and see if you get significant play side to side, this indicates the bushes are worn and probably time to replace. If not take it off and give the mechanics of it a good clean and lubricate. Dont bugger around, firstly for a few quid get the consumable ignition stuff, like plugs, points, condenser, leads, rotor arm and dizzy cap changed out for new, and get it set up right, put it all together while the distributor is off, then replace the full assembly and s
  7. We used LWB FFR landrovers on our unit, with arctic kit. The blinds are as above, canvas, which rolled/buckled when not used. The heater was quite a large affair, situated where the middle seat would be, with a metal pipe running through the bulkhead at floor level on passenger side with a large tap valve for turning off the hot water supply to the heater. From the heater box ran ducting hose (It was a black cardboard type bendy tubing) up to the roof, attached to the "Dexion" which went over each door window to a vent and to the front screen each side having its own vent, this was to keep t
  8. Rick W mentioned tracing relatives, a while ago there was a memorial stone that had been rescued and the entire history of the individual on it was found, all on here, absolutely fascinating!!, which has led me to go and find out some family history of my own, and would like to put out to some of the more experienced individuals to give me a hand with. Also adds another dimension to vehicle ownership.
  9. I think its great that stuff in that condition is been found/still to be found!
  10. Thats what i like about my Austin Gipsy, British from the beginning to the end!
  11. Does that mean there will be "Redcoats" at W&P 2009!! :rofl:
  12. :schocked: You are kidding! your Antar comes from one of the RAF's finest eras, the early Jet age! Hunters, Canberras, lightnings and the Nuclear V bomber force, your truck was a BIG player in the logistics for the RAF in the Cold War!! So go and stick that in your pipes "Its Postwar and not green brigade" and smoke it!! :computerterror2: :banme:
  13. After a short time with the Scouts (You can only tie so many knots and woggles) i joined the Air Training Corps where they gave you a free uniform and let you loose blasting away with .303 Lee Enfields, and flying De Havilland Chipmunks !(A lovely and very forgiving aircraft) and every year they sent you on a summer camp to an RAF base where you got to shoot more stuff and fly in bigger stuff and ride around in trucks and Land Rovers etc. So the intro was very good from a young age! :evil: Then joined the RAF, got to play with some really good military toys, and in my spare time started tin
  14. I read something recently about a vehicle recovered from a lake, the parts submerged in silt and boggy goo were like new, even down to paint and wood surviving, so i guess it could be conceivable, the first clip shows the tracks frozen, but i suppose the weight would overcome alot of seizure and grease lasts a long time.
  15. Found this on You Tube, interesting as it shows a T34 in German markings? extracted from a swamp, there is 3 clips in total, interesting to see it rolling on its tracks after so long. http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=FtJkyd3JJWE
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