Help With Ribbon Identification

RP578

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#1
This uniform belonged to a full Colonel, possibly late of a Welsh regiment going by the dragon on the buttons. I've been asked to ID the ribbon rack, but am drawing a blank on the last two which look like Colonial long service types.

So far have Order of the British Empire, Burma Star, Defence Medal, War Medal, UN Medal UNFICYP. Anybody able to help?
 

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#2
Second from last is the Army Emergency Reserve Decoration the last one looks like the zimbabwe independance medal but there is no yellow in it it could be a colonial independance medal of some kind
 

_Chimurenga_

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#4
Malawi Republic Medal 1966 ?




The description reads - "Instituted in 1966 to mark the establishment of the Republic of Malawi."
 

RP578

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#5
Malawi Republic Medal 1966 ?
Good man!

Still it makes you wonder about this Colonel's service. He didn't pick up an Independence Medal so wasn't there a couple of years previously. As it was post-Independence would a British Officer have been eligible as some sort attache or BATT type?

Much thanks Bound Apprentice and Chimurenga!
 

RP578

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#6
Chim,

RX'ed and replied to your PM - see pic of button below. Very similar to The Buffs' dragon except for the absence of the title scroll underneath.
 

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As it was post-Independence would a British Officer have been eligible as some sort attache or BATT type?
Yes, as Malawi was briefly a Commonwealth dominion before the republic declaration. The Republic Medal was sort of a post-independence independence medal, so I've been told.
 

_Chimurenga_

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#9
Yes, as Malawi was briefly a Commonwealth dominion before the republic declaration. The Republic Medal was sort of a post-independence independence medal, so I've been told.
The Republic Medal was to celebrate the founding of the one party state within Malawi.
 
#13
I wonder why no '39-45 Star?
less than 6 months in burma before the end of the war so he hadnt earnt the 39-45 star which means he had a UK based job till 1945 or he was in an area that didnt count as an op theater and didnt qualify for any of the one day criteria for the 39-45 star like being at dunkirk or in norway or on a commando raid
 
#16
The 'Dragon' buttons look very much like The Wessex Regiment (Volunteers).
 
#17
It required 180 days overseas service, the Burma Star only 1. Mayhap he was a youngster and posted out in mid-45?
Defence medal indicates at least 3 years service in the UK, 1 years service in a non operational area e.g. India or 6 months service overseas in territories subjected to air attack or otherwise closely threatened
 

RP578

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#20
It required 180 days overseas service, the Burma Star only 1. Mayhap he was a youngster and posted out in mid-45?
Ref 39-45 Star; I believe Colin "Mad Mitch" Mitchell dipped out on it after being casevaced from Italy. Note the Italy Star, Defence & War Medals, GSM '18, the 'Korean Couple' and GSM '62.

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