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I  already  have  a  grouping  to  another  soldier  from  151 RI  who  was killed in  action  in  April  1917  at  le Cholera. Looking  at  this unit  they  were in  it  from  the  beginning and Felix  Noel  certainly  saw  some  action.

 

Here is  a  brief  summary  of  the Regiments  war  service  and  the losses  are  truly  shocking

 

Into  the line  22 August  1914

Marcheville, Pintheville , Riaville, lost  800  men 

Reims  sector,  battle of  the  Marne  6-13 Sept  lost  600 men

Oct-Nov  Flanders, Nieuport, Dixmuide ,  Steenstraat  Lizerne,  Zillebeke

 

1915

Jan-Sept    Argonne  Forest,    Sept-Dec Champagne

 

1916  Verdun: March  Haudromont  . April  to  May.Mort Homme  ,

Sept-December battle of  the  Somme  

 

1917 

April  Nivelle  offensive on  the Chemin  des  Dames,  Le  Cholera lost  700 men( First  use of  tanks  by  the  French)

Involved in  the  Mutinies.

 

July  back  to  Verdun

 

1918  

January.  to  May Lorraine

June. Battle of  the  Oise    lost 600 men

August Fought on  the  Aisne  lost   800 men

Sept-Oct Lorraine 

 

Clearly  a  very  front line  Regiment

 

Jim

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For the certificates related to the croix de guerre of Noel Felix,  it is said that this soldier distinguished himself by his courage in the supply of ammunition of his battery under ennemy fire near the town of Soissons.

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Here is  a memorial  certificate,  14-18  Croix  de  Guerre  and  Medaille  Militarie  to an  early  1914  casualty ,Louis  Gadal 59 Infantry  Regiment,  killed  for  France on 24th  September  1914. 

 

Louis  was  from the  Ariege  and  died  in  action in  the  meuse  region.  Like  so  many of  these  early  casualties he  has  no  known  grave.

 

There  are  a  couple of  variations  of  this  memorial  scroll for  those interested.

 

Jim

 

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the "médaille militaire"l is a very high decoration much more important than the croix de guerre, so this soldier must have accomplished an important act of bravery  :thumbup: . very nice adition Jim

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I  couldnt  resist  this one. Faded ribbon  and  a  1916. I`ve had  my  eye on it  on  an  auction  site  for  ages  and  as  i  hadn`t  bought much  recently  thought it  would  sit  nicely  with  my  others. :smile:

 

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Hi Gengis,

 

This one  really is  a  lovely  medal. Very pleased  with  it

 

Thanks  for  your  comment  and  great  to  hear  from  you

 

jim

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Another  1915  that  found its  way  from  France  to  the  UK :smile:

 

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Another  1916. Note  how  the palm is  attached  to  the  ribbon

 

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The  ribbons  certainly  don`t look  faded.  i  can`t  find  a  similar  French  ribbon on  the  web

 

Jim

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My new arrivals.

15,16,17, 18.

The Far right 1918 I have changed the ribbon for an appropriate one. Not 100% sure about this one. The detail is good, a couple of 'flat' spots on the pebbling and it is quite dark.

 

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I have noticed the CDGs offered as reproductions on ebay are not as crisp as this in the detail.

 

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I  take it  the one  you  changed  the  ribbon on is  the  1918 Graham. It looks  fine  to  me.

 

I personally like  the  1915s  and  1916s.  I  was  told  a  good  few  years  ago  by  an old  French  collector  that  the  1916s  were  the  scarcest  to  acquire. 

 

You  have  some  nice  medals  there  and  thanks  for  showing  them

 

Regards

 

Jim

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Jim,

The seller I got the 15,16 and 17 from was good enough to send me a length of ribbon for my 1918.

 

Cheers

 

Graham

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Hi Graham,

 

I  hope  CdG don`t  become  the obsession  with  you  that  they  are  with  me :crying:

 

I love  these underrated beauties far  too  much, particularly  if  they  come  with  the  citation  diplomas. 

 

Have just  picked  up  another  1915  this  evening so  eagerly  await its  arrival :thumbsup:

 

Jim

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My new arrivals.

15,16,17, 18.

The Far right 1918 I have changed the ribbon for an appropriate one. Not 100% sure about this one. The detail is good, a couple of 'flat' spots on the pebbling and it is quite dark.

 

Graham

 

Yep, the CdG will certainly become another addiction. Love the CdG myself especially due the soldiers always honored these awards and ex. put number units on it or so or did something creative with it. They just come in so many different variations. 

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Another  1916 in today. Its  a pity  there is  a  star missing on  the  ribbon 

 

Jim

 

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Thanks for pointing me towards this thread Jim. I've an awful feeling that this may lead me into another branch of collecting.

I found that when I started collecting and researching british medals many years ago it hugely advanced my knowledge of the various battles and campaigns. I know that my knowledge of war from the french perspective is nowhere near adequate and I think I'm attracted to the thought that medals such as these and their certificates will lead me down a similar path to the british medals.

Where does one go about finding good examples Jim?

Fascinating thread by the way.

Glenn.

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