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What is Crested China?Small hollow off-white china ornaments, decorated with civic arms and other crests, were popular souvenirs with many people who travelled in the years immediately before the First World War, especially at seaside resorts. Crested...

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What are Army Demobilisation papers?These are the papers that every soldier was issued after they were demobilised (taken out of active service) at the end of the war. The papers were issued in a folder, to keep them together. The folder housing the...

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What are military uniform badges and portrait photographs?Detachable badges in metal or cloth are a key element of military uniforms.  They can be worn  on a cap, collar, shoulder, arm, or cuff.  They can be stitched, or attached with...

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What is a Service Medal?A Service Medal is awarded to all those who meet a particular set of criteria. These criteria are usually that an individual has served in a specific area, usually for a specified minimum time between set dates.There were a...