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Offline Marcus H

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Hello from England
« on: August 04, 2017, 12:32:58 PM »
Hello to you All,

Thank you for the opportunity in joining this Forum. I'm Marcus, in my mid-forties, married with three daughters and one son.

I've been collecting cap badges and militaria since the late-1970s, which was influenced by my dad and other family members whom were veterans of various wars and conflicts; to which end, I too, would join the British Army as a career.

I did predominantly collect TR combat and qualification awards for a number of years, but about eight or so years ago I started to sell those items to fully commit to my revitalised and overriding interest in British cap badges.

Today, I focus on collecting to the six War Raised Cavalry Regiments (WRC): being the 22nd Dragoons, 23rd Hussars, 24th Lancers, 25th Dragoons, 26th Hussars and 27th Lancers; with other less concentrated interests concerning the Lovat Scouts, Scottish Horse and Northamptonshire Yeomanry extending from the Boer War period.

The WRC collection consists of anything from a bedplate to the head dress, with an emphasis on all ranks related cap badges, collars, arm badges, shoulder titles in metal and cloth/bullion.

Collecting to the WRC extends an interest covering the Theatres of War from North Africa, Middle East, Europe and to Asia.

The War Raised Cavalry as the name suggests are six units of the Royal Armoured Corps and were formed during and for the duration of hostilities only. However, the 25th Dragoons were the last to disband seventy-years ago upon the Partition of British India in 1947.

And, if I'm pragmatic about the collection there are specific badges I will likely never attain for love nor money - so bearing that in mind, I enjoy what I have and I'll continue searching regardless.

Best,

Marcus

One of my prized WRC officers' Coloured Field Service Caps - formerly belonging to Capt. R. H. Burton, 'B' Squadron, 25th Dragoons.

Capt. Burton, was wounded on February 15th, 1944, on "Ammunition Hill" as a consequence of Japanese artillery fire (a shell hit a British munitions pile) during Battle of the Admin Box, a stage in the operational area of Arakan, Burma.

A selection of officers' badges to the 25th Dragoons, comprising two embroidered beret badges; two examples of the Indian made slip-on shoulder titles; silver plate/gilt cap and collar badges (No.1 Dress), plus an Officers Service Bronze cap badge.
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Re: Hello from England
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2017, 11:54:58 AM »
A superb intro Marcus, and a big welcome from Canada!

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Re: Hello from England
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2017, 12:44:47 PM »
Thank you so much, Roy.

And, my apologies for the rather large pictures, I will try to rectify that.

All the best from England,

Marcus

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Re: Hello from England
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2017, 02:33:37 PM »
Hi Marcus, good to see you here.

In terms of the pics, I use about a quarter mb to get the right size.

Jerry
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Re: Hello from England
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2017, 03:06:13 PM »
Hi Marcus !! Where abouts in the Uk are you from ?

Looks like you made an intro to be proud of ! :)
Very good indeed .

I hope you settle in and pass on some of your knowledge  :)

LB
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Re: Hello from England
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2017, 01:05:10 AM »
Thanks Jerry - good to see you here too, mate.

Hi LB,

Thank you for the welcome! I live in Northamptonshire, which I don't think I need to tell you was home to at least seven major USAAF airfields and numerous satellite stations during WW2.

Although I'm not a member of any affiliated societies, groups, etc, during the winter months for the last decade or more, I've been locating and photographing all and any remaining buildings and features at Grafton Underwood. Unfortunately, within the last twenty-years access has been thoroughly restricted by the landowner and several buildings have been completely destroyed, or mostly just succumbed to neglect and the ravages of time.

Best,

Marcus


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Re: Hello from England
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2017, 04:45:34 AM »
TEST

I'll just use this thread to test my picture size.

Being on the i Phone, I may have to initially mail myself the pictures and size them accordingly via that means - I imagine there's a suitable App out there and will investigate that too.

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Re: Hello from England
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2017, 06:34:15 AM »
Marcus,

Welcome to the forum.. Very nice first post with some wonderful information.. I look to my English brothers and sisters across the pond to educate me on these areas of collecting..

Looking forward to seeing much more of your treasures..

As a moderator I can assist you with resizing pictures but based on the second set that I see, you're doing just fine...

Welcome..

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Re: Hello from England
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2017, 08:44:54 AM »
Thank you for the warm welcome, Smitty.

I too, look forward to sharing my collecting interests on the Forum; alas, my "niche" will be but a sparse contribution regarding British & Commonwealth militaria on the whole.

Although from reading through the threads and posts, I see you already have some very knowledgeable collectors in the ranks. So, I hope to broaden my limited awareness regarding head-dress, uniforms and a lot more in addition.

Best,

Marcus




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Re: Hello from England
« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2017, 12:44:48 PM »
Marcus , thats a very interesting research project takimg photos of Grafton Underwood !
And yes being a USAAF nut ! Anything like that, i would be interested to see!
2017 and STILL WANTED! a pair of RAF 1940 Patt boots
Always looking for quality condition USAAF stationary,ephemera,equipment and clothing.
Starting to look for the harder to find items e.g. survival kits and items also woukd like to add a complete "Gibson Girl " set up
We are here for the collectors, not for profit. (PERIOD!)

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Re: Hello from England
« Reply #10 on: August 08, 2017, 05:21:07 AM »
Marcus,

Welcome to the AMF!  As you already mentioned you will find some very knowledgeable collectors here.  I have learned a lot.

Paul

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Re: Hello from England
« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2017, 03:43:24 AM »
Welcome aboard Marcus...you've evidently hit the ground running!
"He who dares, wins!"

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Re: Hello from England
« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2017, 07:40:10 AM »
Welcome to the forum, Marcus! I resized your photos in the first post.

Below is a link to a tutorial on photo uploading/attachment features. In the thread is a link to a site that can be used to quickly resize photos.

http://alliedmilitariaforum.com/index.php?topic=3727.0
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