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Feb 15, 2011 at 16:14:18Colin Williams (colinw@mweb.co.za)
Roger::Happy belated new year.::Its really hot in Cape Town 35C and the pool water is just as warm.::The TC had some cooling problems, had the radiator cleaned, and put on a 7 Blade fan, looks like problem solved.::The TD is coming on now radiator is installed, will start the motor as soon as I can get some fan blade bolts, as we are trying to determine the thread on the bolt.::Have a good one.::Colin

May 19, 2011 at 17:20:37Jonathan Wilton (jonathan.wilton@gmail.com)
Hi::I was researching my Irish grandparents with a view to a spot of tax amelioration, when I hit your Derek Meaker page. He was my maternal uncle. His oldest brother Bryan was shot down in 1940 after 8 kills & a DFC.::I was a regular soldier myself, Germany Ireland Cyprus & Oman so t was good to see the aged uncle had taken part in the first Omani barney, the Jebel Akhdar. Mine was the Dhofar bit. Greta picture. I have sent it to my mother, who is retired to Sussex.::yrs aye

Dec 6, 2011 at 17:52:22Dick Knudson (FC7900@gmail.com)
Roger, great stuff on Rosy. I am just starting and am daunted by the rear trunnions tubes that must be replaced. I see the problem you had. Do they actually screw into the rear cross tube? I just got the repair tubes from Brown & Gammons without any instructions. At this point it looks as if I cut off the old ones and drill a 1"+ hole to stick the repair piece into. I can use your experience please.::This is my first TA having done later T Type restorations and am finding plenty of differences. I am an 82 year old Anglican priest serving a small parish in upstate NY. My son is my strong arm for the car work.::Look forward to receiving your direction.::Thanks,::Dick

Feb 22, 2012 at 19:39:16Gregan Wortman (mountainkaiyote@yahoo.com)
I am a US Army Vet, my father is a USAF Vet of Vietnam and my father's father was in the US Army in WWII in France and Germany and my father's uncle was in WWI in Europe in the US Army. All survived combat although my grandfather and great-uncle were wounded.::::I have done extensive military history research especially the history of the Missouri River and Montana but also American Civil War, War of 1812, WWII and other US history.::::I saw that there is a LT. Wortmann in one of the Richtoffen flight groups and he appears in at least two photographs. I would be interested if there is any biographical information about LT. Wortmann.

Apr 19, 2012 at 13:55:31Bob Clarke (info@cameophotographic.co.uk)
Good afternoon Roger,::We spoke briefly a couple of weeks ago,::when I bought a TA in boxes,::and was told everything was there !!!::Im slowly taking the engine to pieces and am having trouble removing the two tappet blocks, any ideas.::Grateful thanks::::Bob Clarke::01603 414122

Jun 4, 2012 at 11:08:38Roy Painter (roypainter62@btinternet.com)
ROGER I HAVE ENJOYED THIS SO MUCH ITS ONLY BEEN A FEW WEEKS SINCE rACHEL MOVED ME INTO THE 21ST CENTURY AND WHAT A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY ITS BEEN.MAYBE IF rACHEL CAN SPARE THE TIME FROM HER BUSY LIFE SHE MAY BRING ME TO SEE YOU ALL ONCE AGAIN AT THE BMS.THANKS AGAIN rOGER.

Oct 22, 2012 at 05:35:25Sherilyn Hurman nee Gay (sherilyn@naturescandles.net.nz)
Hello! I am in the process of going through a camphor chest full of family treasures.::My mother, sadly, due to ill health cannot recall any information regarding my father's WWII medals(Colonial Police Medal, 1939-45 Star, Burma Star, Defense Medal, War Medal 1939-45, General Service Medal 1918-62 with clasp S.E. Asia 1945-6, Campaign Service Medal 1962 with clasp BORNEO) & his father's (I believe) Military Cross and M.B.E. WWI.::Rather than write too much detail here - could you tell me where to go to discover more about them? I would like to pass them onto my son who has always been in awe of his late grandfather, Major Harry Colwell GAY 1921 - 1987.If you are interested in helping me please email & I will send more details. Thankyou.

Jan 27, 2013 at 05:28:45Geoff Leach (Info@theconservationframer.com)
Hello Roger,::::Having difficulty in identifying medals to named for a box frame.::Could be WW1::::Could I send a a pics for identification to you please?::

Jul 12, 2013 at 12:26:29Nick Hale (bubbleport@btinternet.com)
Hello Roger,::::My interest in genealogy is leading me on to an interesting hobby - tracing current descendants of WW1 campaign medals. The idea being to re-unite the medals with their families, if the recipient wants to. Being a novice on medals themselves, I have acquired some which appear very grubby. Would you advise on attempting to clean before passing them on or should I not touch!? ::::Kind regards - Nick hale

Sep 26, 2013 at 14:38:45Paul McMillan (paul.mcmillan@gmail.com)
Roger::::Found your website when searching for pre war caterpillars::::Can you please tell me if Wing Cmdr. Frederick William Stent M.C (Retd) Caterpillar you have came with any documentation from Irvin when he baled out of Phillips and Powis Aircraft, Ltd Miles Nighthawk -G-ADXA on January 22, 1936 at Ruscombe east of Twyford near Reading, Berkshire?::::Many Thanks::::Paul::

Jan 25, 2014 at 00:43:39Manyana Husein-Knabe (Husein-Knabe@T-online.de)
can you please help me to find the information about "Istiqlal Hejaz 4716"? My grandvater got this Order -10. 01. 1925.- / 1.class.::Thank you,::M Husein-Knabe

Apr 4, 2014 at 20:17:36Andy Duffus (duffus1985@gmail.com)
Roger,::Very interested to see your page on 2nd Lt George Cowie who was related to me through my mother's family and I remember well George's sisters, Aunts 'Billy' and Alexa who lived in Dufftown. I am interested in where the picture of the memorial medallion with medal group was taken from? I had no idea it existed. ::I am planning to take my youngest son to the First World War battlefields this year and we will certainly visit George's grave at Tyn Cot along with another relative who sadly perished on the Somme.::Thank you for making this small piece of history available to a wider audience.::Sincerely,::Andy

Jun 25, 2014 at 11:45:54Alex Balm
Great website!

Jul 25, 2014 at 18:51:04James (james.mcinnes@havant.ac.uk)
Doing some work on the Havant, Hampshire War Memorial and came across your references to Robert Percy Windebank. As you say, he is commemorated in Portsmouth, but he is also on the Havant War Memorial as that is where he was born and brought up. He was there when he went off to war in 1914.::In fact 20% of the names on the Havant War Memorial were to men who died at sea during WWI.::I am not looking for a reply to this e-mail.

Oct 9, 2014 at 17:35:17TERENCE CHAMBERS (carol.chambersuk@virgin.net)
HI AGAIN, FURTHER TO MY LAST E-MAIL, I HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT SEVERAL MEDALS ON A CANADIAN DEALER SITE::LISTED AS: "LAQUERED".WHAT IS THE REASON FOR THIS(TO SAVE POLISHING?), AND WHO WOULD DO IT, THE RECIPIENT? THEY OBVIOUSLY CLOSE UP LOOK COATED,BUT IS THIS A BAD THING? CAN IT BE REMOVED TO ENABLE PROPER POLISHING? REGARDS AGAIN, T. CHAMBERS.

Nov 11, 2014 at 22:12:11David Morse (dgpmorse@btinternet.com)
dear sir, in reading your description of the Africa Star you say that the RAF had a silver rossette attached to the ribbon. i was led to believe that any military "organisation" that did NOT come under direct control of British Military HQ Cairo (Army) wore a silver rossette as my late father who was serving on HMHS Oxfordshire has one on his ribbons. Just a minor point.::kind regards dave morse

Apr 24, 2015 at 21:38:58Giles Forrest (giles@gforrest.com)
Hi Roger,::::I sent you an email some time ago - not sure if you received it (maybe went to your junk folder?).::::I'm researching my ancestor Guy Forrest who is one of the Observer Officers mentioned in Peter Wright's article on your website.::::I wonder if you could contact me to share notes?::::Separately you may wish to know I restored an old MGB when I was younger - website here: http://www.mgplace.com::::Regards,::::Giles

Jun 19, 2015 at 16:31:55karl kohlruss (llk23@mchsi.com)
my dad inlisted in Navy on 1-19-1939. He served in 8 major battles. He is 95 and never used any service benifets until 3 years ago. He started going to va for medical so he didn't have to travel 60 miles to Kaiser. At which time I had to summit his service record. I am wondering what the point system means. He has 6 stars for Asiatic Pacific area, 2 stars for European area, and 1 star for American defense. Any information you could give me would be great. Thank you in advance, Karl

Jul 29, 2015 at 09:41:32Michael O'Brien (jm.obrien@btinternet.com)
Dear Roger::I note that you say it is believed that WWII medal ribbons were designed by the King himself. In fact they were selected by the King from a variety of alternative designs commissioned from my father, Peter O'Brien ARCA. PO'B was a textile designer and art teacher in Manchester. I am in the process of writing an article about the design of the ribbons during the war, illustrated with images from relevant artefacts given to the Imperial War Museum after his death in 1977. When it accepted for publication I shall send you a copy.::Best wishes::Michael O'Brien

Oct 7, 2015 at 20:59:56June Budd (buddies2@hotmail.fr)
Good afternoon Roger, whilst researching the origin of my father's medals and my family history I came across your site and was amazed to find that you have the same name as some of my ancestors. My great grandmother was called Eliza Bragger and we have further back a William Bragger who was born in Deptford, Kent around 1810, his regiment was 1st Regiment Royal Dragoons and he served for over 24 years. I understand he settled in Wrexham after his military service. I just thought you may be interested. Reading his service record he appeared to have been 'a bit of a lad'!

Dec 7, 2015 at 14:52:07Mike Combes (m.combes@ntlworld.com)
Hi, I'm attempting to obtain some military history for my wife's uncle. He has died but I have recently acquired his ww2 medals and am somewhat confused, maybe you can help.::He was in the N Africa campaign at Tobruk, El Alamein and Monte Cassino.::His medals include a Polish 3rd Karpathian Div. 50th Anniversary cross and a Monte Cassino medal. These have ribbons on which I suspect are wrong as I cannot trace them.::The Cross has a red, white, green, yellow and black centre then y, g, w, r::The Monte Cassino medal has a green white red centre::then w, g.::Can you advise if these are correct or not?::If things are not clear I can always send you a photo.::Appreciate your time and help.::Thanks Mike

Jan 15, 2016 at 19:50:21T. CHAMBERS (carol.chambersuk@virgin.net)
Hello Roger, I have a query you may be able to help with.I have purchased a medal (a 1900 Ashanti medal) inscribed to- Headman A. Hedison, A.F.F. Have you any idea what the initials denote? Regards, T.Chambers.

Mar 24, 2016 at 17:37:26Terence Chambers (carol.chambersuk@virgin.net)
Hello Roger, I have been looking at a Khedive's Sudan Medal 1910 for sale, and there are certain numbers stamped on the obverse. The numbers appear to be 125 between 10 & 12 o'clock, repeated opposite between 1 & 2 o'clock. Do you have any ideas what they could signify, or could you put me in contact with any expert of the campaign who could perhaps shed some light on this? Regards, T.Chambers.

Jul 7, 2016 at 12:22:38Stuart Beavis (beavis1234@beavis1234,karoo.co.uk)
I am researching my now deceased Fathers medal.::And I have found with your help most apart from 2.::both have Lions on..1.has an all black strip::2.has red/blue/thin white/thin red in the middle.::I would be so pleased to have information on these...::kind regards::::Stuart

Nov 27, 2016 at 18:47:29Gillian Wagner (wagnerg934@aol.com)
I am publishing the diaries of Ellen Palmer who visited the Crimea for a month in 1854/5 She entertained both William Peel and his cousin Archie Peel on the Caradoc. I think William Peel was in love with her but he gave way to his cousin Archy Peel whom she later married. I very much like the colour painting of William Peel that you have used and would like to reproduce it in my book. Could you let me know where is to be found? Any information gratefully received.

Jan 16, 2017 at 17:33:42Gillian Wagner (wagnerg934@aol.com)
I am interested in William Peel because when my gt grandmother, Ellen Palmer, visited the Crimea with her father she entertained William Peel, and his cousin Archy Peel, on the Caradoc and often went out riding with him. I believe he was in love with her and she with him, but when she left after a month's stay Archy Peel followed her and told her that William had agreed to give her up in his favour and Archy subsequently married her. All this is in her diaries. I would like to publish the colour picture of William Peel and wonder where you found it. Ellen Palmers diaries are due to be published Sept/Oct 2017::::hope to hear from you::::Kind regards, Gillian Wagner