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The Common Room / Re: William fowlie simpson carr POW Burma mystery
« on: Friday 24 September 21 13:27 BST (UK)  »
I think, Ryan, that there were a combination of factors which blended together to make this story. 

1- There was a war on.   

2- There were no channels of communication (either direct or indirect) with the Japanese. 

3- The Japanese people did not and would not speak English. 

4- Any information coming back to a news-hungry press would have taken months, if not years. A slow troop transport zig-zaging to avoid the U boats and then a lengthy debrief. A fleeting glance - seeing someone "alive and well" (when they last saw him) - Beri-beri can come on suddenly due to a radical change in diet (rice). 

5- The Press would put a positive spin on any news at that time and "fill in the gaps" if they had to. 

Putting it all together, it is easy to see how misinformation could be passed on. 

Regards 

Chas

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The Common Room / Re: Help needed to identify this , found among other war medals
« on: Thursday 23 September 21 14:17 BST (UK)  »
It is a French 19th Century medal normally with a red ribbon. I haven't been able to find out what they were awarded for.
 

I have an unverified citation that it was given by the French Education Service to students (possibly upper school/college/university) for attaining an exceptional high standard. 

It seems that the French gave medals for a great many things -   

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orders,_decorations,_and_medals_of_France 

Regards 

Chas

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The Common Room / Re: Help needed to identify this , found among other war medals
« on: Thursday 23 September 21 11:55 BST (UK)  »
I have one on my watch chain right now plus two others. The one in the middle has the initials F W stamped with a very fine centre punch. 

Regards 

Chas

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Heraldry Crests and Coats of Arms / Re: Assistance Appreciated
« on: Tuesday 21 September 21 22:28 BST (UK)  »
Possible mention of Aumarle or Almerle family in the description of Brook House in the parishof Heywood, Wiltshire,

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brook,_Heywood

See "Description by Aubrey", and the windows of the "canopie chamber".
 

Good Find, KG! 

The General Armory has Aumarle with that blazon, but no Almerle.   

So, Dobhren, if you are related, this will take you back to before 1650. 

Regards 

Chas

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Heraldry Crests and Coats of Arms / Re: Assistance Appreciated
« on: Tuesday 21 September 21 21:39 BST (UK)  »
A dictionary of mottoes gives only one surname for the motto "Patientia Victrix" and that is Dalton. The General Armory gives many Daltons, but none are "Per fess". They seemed to be very heavily into cross-crosslets and lions. This even more leads me to believe that the arms are not Dalton, nor are they British. 

Regards 

Chas

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Heraldry Crests and Coats of Arms / Re: Assistance Appreciated
« on: Tuesday 21 September 21 21:21 BST (UK)  »
We should start with the blazon - that is to say, the written description of the arms in heraldic language. 

"Per fess Azure and Gules three crescents Argent" It has to be either Argent (silver), or Or (gold). I am calling it Argent (silver), because Or is shown as stipples, or little dots. 

I have looked up Papworth for this blazon and nothing comes close. I have to say that these arms do not look particularly British. The "Per fess" is Germanic, possibly from the Holy Roman Empire.

The other thing to note is that if there had been someone in your family who had been granted a coat of arms, you would have known about it. It is not the kind of knowledge that is forgotten through the generations. 

Regards 

Chas

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Heraldry Crests and Coats of Arms / Re: Mystery Coat of Arms
« on: Thursday 16 September 21 09:57 BST (UK)  »
Well, something of a conundrum. 

The shield is stylised Castile & Leon - Spanish. 

The crown and double headed eagle with displayed wings and legs is Eastern European. 

The birds in the four corners are typical Chinese space fillers. 

I don't know where this piece comes from, but would hazard a guess that it is 20th, or 21st century Chinese pretending to be older. 

Regards 

Chas

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The Lighter Side / Re: Apples
« on: Monday 13 September 21 19:04 BST (UK)  »
Sounds like "Nature and Nurture" again and, of course, how we define characteristics.   

Neat, orderly parents will instil this in their children. Likewise, the children of parents who have contempt for the law of the land will learn by example. 

But I don't think that either of these is the product of genetics.   

Regards 

Chas

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The Common Room / Re: The Resurrection and the Life
« on: Sunday 12 September 21 22:39 BST (UK)  »
There is still a way to get windows 10 if you only have 7 or 8. I had 7 on my last computer, there was a free upgrade to 8, a month later the upgrade was to 8,1. I could have had the free upgrade to 10, but was warned off by a "friend". After the time-limit was up, I found this link and upgraded to 10.   

The windows 11 upgrade will be free to windows 10. So you should be able to upgrade from 7, or 8 to 10 and then to 11.
https://www.zdnet.com/article/heres-how-you-can-still-get-a-free-windows-10-upgrade/ 

Regards 

Chas

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