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Marcus H

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About Marcus H

  • Birthday 04/13/1972

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    My main focus of collecting is to the War Raised Units of the Cavalry Regiments: 22nd Dragoons, 23rd Hussars, 24th Lancers, 25th Dragoons, 26th Hussars and the 27th Lancers; also, the Northamptonshire Yeomanry.

    Plus, a general interest overall in British Cavalry and Yeomanry cap badges from 1898-1953.

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  1. Marcus H

    I need help identifying a British badge

    I’d have thought that was a distinct option, yes. However: he’s a twenty-years plus Auxiliary, hence, the Efficiency Decoration (ED) for officers. So, whether or not the item is a presentation piece directly from the AVLH, or pertains to his relinquishment of his Aide-De-Camp (ADC) position whilst an officer of the regiment, I don’t honestly know. Of course, the disbandment of the regiment, his cede of post and the partition of India (British leaving India) would all combine. I would imagine the key is in the specific dates stemming from 1943, he either held the ADC position within this duration to 1947, or was assigned to AVLH for this period, and/or indeed both from 1943; along the lines of anyway. A little more research is required to perhaps arrive at a ‘most likely’ scenario. Best, Marcus
  2. Marcus H

    I need help identifying a British badge

    It’s the badge of the Assam Valley Light Horse, from 1896-1947; disbanded upon the partition of India. And as Richard notes, I found him in the London Gazette, below. Best, Marcus
  3. Marcus H

    Happy Birthday Wishes

    Happy Birthday, Graham! I hope you have a great day - did you get any cap badges? Best, Marcus
  4. Marcus H

    Day light trench raid at Tahure

    A great man indeed - he sounds like a bold and true leader, Jim. Did he survive the Great War? Best, Marcus
  5. A very nice addition, Graham.
  6. A couple of December, 2018, purchases that arrived this year in 2019. 26th Hussars (UK, Gaunt manufacture) other ranks badge, being the middle, unmarked slider badge and having the tail feathers ‘blank’ area void - both unmarked badges share the same slider type. However, due to the slightly bent sliders they look different from the obverse picture. What makes this a significant badge is that very few examples would seem to portray this apparent attention to detail - factory done or otherwise is not exactly known and one can only speculate. In my opinion, it was done in the factory on the UK examples that exhibit this; although, I have no evidence to necessarily support this thought. And, a north - south lugged 23rd Hussars officers badge, which is a fairly scarce example either plated or in silver - with the longer lugs it’s considered to have been worn in the service dress peaked cap; that is, opposed to a beret or field service cap. The east - west officers’ examples are encountered far more often to the 23H.
  7. Marcus H

    Xmas wishes

    Sorry to hear that, Jim. I hope 2019 is a much better year for you, mate. And a very Happy Christmas and New Year to you, All👍 Marcus A 1945, Christmas card from the 23rd Hussars - one month later after having fought and assisting in defeating what was the tyranny of the TR across Europe they were to be disbanded and no more.
  8. Another matched pair, but to the 24th Lancers - a pretty scarce title to find actually, is the 24L. The top example comes from a 24L group that I own, and the moth attacked example I bought at a recent auction.
  9. Row 2 (second from the top) and lastly row 6, I have finally managed to reunite the original matching pairs - they were sold separately five or six years ago. Only row 5 to complete and reunite with its original slip. The first, or top row, these are officers slips bordered with a thin golden/yellow material. Obviously these are not a pair, thus a “matched pair,” it’s very unlikely I will ever encounter their original singles. Alas, i’m more than content to have two such examples of these rather scarce slip-on shoulder titles. Its a good feeling and a collectors personal achievement to reunite these slips back to the original period pairs - albeit the hunt continues.
  10. You are most welcome and its found a good home in your collection. There’s a lot more bronze finish left on the badge than the sellers pics conveyed - it looks great! Best, Marcus
  11. Regarding the white-metal die-stamped collars, I firmly believe they were originally and intentionally made for ORs use, but as you know the wearing of such collars in the 24L wasn’t sanctioned for the ORs. Also, I’m of the distinct impression the collars were manufactured as to were the arm badges and supplied in a quantity to the regiment. That is, I suspect more than envisaged and proposed from earlier research and thoughts. It’s not my intention to dismiss the probability that indeed officers’ utilised such intended ORs examples; perhaps even silverplating them, too. I don’t honestly know about that. However, Peter Seaman conducted a lot more research into these regiments and had living contacts to address such queries. *Just to note: Fig. 38 in Seaman’s are are actually the silver plated examples, I own that very set pictured in the book; they're die-cast and resemble the OSD/enamel collars traits. Whereas Fig. 39 portrays the white-metal collars - he has those two sets mixed-up. On the other hand, I actually know of several veterans (ORs) effects with the families that include the die-stamped collars. Plus, a private museum with an attributed group including an arm badge and two collars, then of course my 24L group that includes an ORs pattern collar. Some of these collars have been altered with a brooch fitting - the assumption being either sweetheart conversions or post-1945, usage in wear. So conjecture and theory aside the die-stamped collars are more evident than not in the belongings of former 24L ORs. Possibly they were issued - at a time - prior to the RAC directives not permitting the wear of; or, these non-returned items to Ordnance (technically they should have been) were distributed to the troops accounting for those converted in a fashion with a pin fitting. Then out of interest we have a S/NCO wearing the collars and an arm badge on his wedding day in 1942, I posted that picture on the BBF. The wearer was a founding NCO of the regiment and an ex-17/21L; incidentally the museums group also belonged to a former 17/21L NCO. The wedding photo is likely an exception under the circumstances and I don’t conclude anything further from such an interesting picture. These are pretty much my thoughts and limited findings, to date. Pics below: a selection of collars with lugs and pin fittings. The last pictures are of the example obtained within a 24L group; this Lancer was a founding member from the first conscript intake in late December 1940.
  12. Righty, you need another ORs collar - blast and bugger I knew of a dealer in Canada that had two for sale more recently than not. Still, you must be very satisfied with those examples, so far.
  13. Come to think of it: what’s that now a complete set of cap and collar ORs, officers’ gilt/enamel and OSD, too, to the 24L. Well done?
  14. Congratulations - a lovely completed set now, Graham. Best, Marcus
  15. http://www.historicalwarmilitariaforum.com/topic/5217-fife-forfar-yeomanry-scottish-horse/ It’s the white-metal example posted by Dave you want, Bart.
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