Help With Ribbon Identification

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  1. RP578

    RP578 LE Book Reviewer

    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
  3. RP578

    RP578 LE Book Reviewer

    Good call!

    The last one's a real bugger. Initially thought it was an Ulster connected award, but a cursory trawl through a range of Independence Medals hasn't flagged anything either.
  4. _Chimurenga_

    _Chimurenga_ LE Gallery Guru

    Malawi Republic Medal 1966 ?


    The description reads - "Instituted in 1966 to mark the establishment of the Republic of Malawi."
  5. RP578

    RP578 LE Book Reviewer

    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!
  6. RP578

    RP578 LE Book Reviewer


    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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  7. I looked at the Malawi Independance Medal but did not have a picture of the republic medal the ribbons are very similar
  8. 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.
  9. _Chimurenga_

    _Chimurenga_ LE Gallery Guru

    The Republic Medal was to celebrate the founding of the one party state within Malawi.
  10. Looks French to me; possibly for Togo.
  11. I wonder why no '39-45 Star?
  12. Yes and a Full Colonel wearing staybright buttons?
  13. 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
  14. Hong Kong Medal? scrap that, wrong shade of blue
  15. It required 180 days overseas service, the Burma Star only 1. Mayhap he was a youngster and posted out in mid-45?