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 on: 18 September 2018 04:11:04 PM 
Started by Prussian - Last Post by Prussian
Many thanks.

 on: 18 September 2018 07:57:58 AM 
Started by Prussian - Last Post by PhiloNauticus

JX/212372 is a Royal Navy service number: that coupled with the photo clearly showing him in RN uniform shows that he was Navy not Army

Request for a copy of his service record.  See:

 on: 17 September 2018 08:41:43 AM 
Started by Prussian - Last Post by Prussian
Uncle Allen John CRISP (1921-1997) was in the Royal Navy and served on merchant ships as a Naval Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships (DEMS) gunner during WWII. He was serving on ss Louisbourg in 1944. He is known to have been to Aruba NWI (sent 'souvenir' handkerchief home to his sister) and New York. At some stage (details unknown) of the war his merchant ship was sunk and he was adrift for a long period of time before being rescued. This was the cause for him being institutionalised later in life. Is JX/212372 a service number? I've most recently been advised that uncle was not in the RN but the British Army's Royal Artillery and seconded to merchant ships as a DEMS gunner?

 on: 12 September 2018 05:51:23 AM 
Started by Cheekee - Last Post by James_harvey
If he had a rosette on the Africa star then he is missing the North Africa 42-43 clasp

Equally the Burma star could also have a clasps- Pacific

Write to the mod (google claiming ww2 medal to get the form) fill it in and post

They will confirm all ww2 medals and wether mid for Yangtze.

Remove and clean then either remount swing fashion or court mount them.



 on: 10 September 2018 02:28:38 PM 
Started by Nirpro1 - Last Post by Nirpro1
I have acquired a Thornycroft Nubian 4 x 4 airfield crash tender that was used at HMAS NIRIMBA (RANAS Schofields, NSW, Australia). The RAN Fleet Air Arm Museum was able to supply an image of the unit however, an ex Navy member supplied a photograph taken in 1957 that showed particular signwriting on the tank. It had HMAS NIRIMBA, below it a set of wings (more like the wings from the "Angel of the North") and RANAS under that, with Schofields under that. The contact from the RAN museum suggested that the naval wings were "stylised" and did not accurately depict the naval aviation wings.
Now, I can only assume that those who did the signwriting copied the design from somewhere and it may be that this was a Royal Navy Air Station.
Is/was there an accepted emblem for Royal Navy Air Stations that matched the description in any way?   

 on: 09 September 2018 09:35:20 AM 
Started by Cheekee - Last Post by PhiloNauticus
I am not an expert on medals, but can offer the following - I agree that the clasp with France & Germany should be on the Atlantic Star, not the 39-45 War Medal.
I believe the Rosette should be on the Medal Ribbon Bar, not with the medal
If he was recognised with a MiD for the Yangtse incident, he would have been entitled to a bronze oak leaf to be worn on the medal ribbon.  You should be able to check this, either with his Service Record, or in the Gazette

The order of wearing medals is usually in date order. For your grandfather's medals, I would think it should be =
1939-45 Star / Atlantic Star / Africa Star / Burma Star / Italy Star / War Medal / General Service Medal

 on: 09 September 2018 08:58:38 AM 
Started by Cheekee - Last Post by PhiloNauticus

Try contacting the Ganges Association , they may help with class / mess

The ratings not wearing lanyards have a long Bosun's Call (or Whistle) and Chain which was worn round the neck - it's the chain you can see in the photo

 on: 09 September 2018 06:47:14 AM 
Started by Cheekee - Last Post by Cheekee

Have attached photo of my Grandfather on parade at HMS Ganges(Shotley) sometime from 1935 and 1936.

My grandfather name is George Douglas Blake with c/mx 766584 and marked on the photo with an X.

Can anyone give me some tips on how i could find out which Class/Mess he was in and also wondering why some of the serviceman had what i assume is called a Landyard which is circular hanging at the lower center of the chest, were as my grandfather for example has two long Landyard having from the shoulder and looping down to the lower center of the chest. What does this mean?

Any help will be very much appreciated.

Best wishes


 on: 09 September 2018 06:31:18 AM 
Started by Cheekee - Last Post by Cheekee

Can anyone help me with my grandfathers medals. I've attach a photo of the medals in there current state and would like to remove the ribbons etc to clean and reset them in order correctly.

Firstly would i be right by saying the bronze Bar with France and Germany should be on the War medal 39-45 and should be on the Atlantic Star? Also Rosette should not be used on the full size medals?

I have a photo of my Grandfather with six strips representing his awards on his uniform which show he had two Rosettes not one which i only have now. On the photo one is on the Atlantic star, now attached to the full medal and the other is on the Africa Star which seems to be now missing. Does this mean i should have a bronze bar also on the Africa star full medal.

I'm also told he was mentioned in Despatches during the Yangtze Incident on HMS London 1949, so was wondering if i should also have a bronze or silver oak leaf on the Yangtze 1949 medal?

I really would like to get his medals looking as they should and all in the correct order etc so any help you can give me will be very much appreciated.

Best wishes


 on: 09 September 2018 05:51:08 AM 
Started by Cheekee - Last Post by Cheekee

I've attached a photo of my Grandfather George Douglas Blake(MX/766584) which i'm sure is on parade at HMS Ganges(Shotley) sometime during 1935 and 1936.

I would love to know how i can find out which class/Mess he was in if anyone could help me.

For the moment i was wondering if anyone would know why some off the serviceman only have a a small circle lanyard at the lower center of the chest and like my grandfather marked with the X why he has two lanyard starting from the shoulders and looping around the chest ending at the lower center of the chest. I'm curious to know if it means anything?

Any help you can give me is greatly appreciated as i'm a novice to naval research and keen to learn.

My best wishes


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