|Grandad Hall's medals|
World War Two isn't really my subject - I'm deeply embroiled in World War One through the Barnsley War Memorials Project at the moment - but to be honest WW1 soldiers are a bit thin on the ground in my own family tree, unlike the OH's!
The medals above are the War Medal, the 1939-1945 Star and the Defence Medal, all from the Second World War and the India General Service Medal with a clasp for the North West Frontier 1930-31. As someone said recently on my Open Uni Facebook page - Wikipedia is our friend! It seems they are laid out on the large pin in the wrong order - but I'm sure my dad didn't have Wikipedia to hand when he wore them at a fancy dress party in the 1970s.
I recently sent for my Grandad Hall's Army Service Records with my aunt's permission (as my grandad's closest next of kin). A large packet of A3 papers came back and I do apologise to my cousins for not sending copies, but scanning A3 on an A4 scanner is a bit troublesome. I will do it - I promise!
|Military Police insignia and badges|
These are the Military Police badges out of Grandad's tin. The two on the left are made of a brown plastic material - apparently these were issued later in WW2 when metal was becoming scarce.
The tin also contains a large collection of British Army cap badges (although not a Yorks and Lancaster one, which I would have liked to go with my WW1 Barnsley soldiers) and a dozen German badges and medals.
I've can only assume that Grandad did swaps or traded for all these badges, amongst the other soldiers he worked with and with the prisoners he guarded.
|Luftwaffe Paratrooper Badge|
I remember disliking these German badges when I was a child and I still feel a bit creepy handling them. The various badge collectors' sites and sales sites on the web all note that German Third Reich badges and other military paraphernalia should only be used for educational and research purposes according to German law. I can understand why.
The badge above, the Luftwaffe Paratrooper badge, might be worth a bit of money to a collector, but it does feel very wrong to profit from the pickings of a war. I think I'll satisfy myself with storing the German badges in better conditions (I've sent for a set of clear plastic envelopes from a specialist store on ebay) and put them away again for another few years.
The British cap badges are another thing entirely - any soldier or son of a soldier might have collected these. As I noted above I quite fancy a Yorks and Lancs one myself as so many of the OH's ancestors (and ancestors' relatives) were in the Barnsley Pals. I would have to get a KOYLI and various others too ... unfortunately my Grandad's collection only contains one Yorkshire badge - the West Yorkshire regiment, although there is a Durham Light Infantry one too which is the regiment one of my paternal great-grandads was in until he had a finger shot off (apparently!).
I could do swaps myself - a Royal Army Ordnance Corps badge for a Northumberland Fusiliers badge anyone?