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#1:  Auteur: TonWoonplaats: Zuid-Hollandse Eilanden BerichtGeplaatst: Za Mrt 06, 2010 11:36
Jaren terug in Engeland gevonden.

Kwam hem weer tegen, en wou hem niet onthouden voor jullie.
Zelf vind ik het een bijzonder grappig embleempje.
Leeftijd tussen de 2 wereld oorlogen in vermoed ik.
Materiaal koper.
Afmetingen 36.5x44.50.
Bevestiging is een barretclip

#2:  Auteur: Gast BerichtGeplaatst: Za Mrt 06, 2010 12:47
Die hebben aardig wat afgefietst: van Engeland naar India naar Rusland, Canada en weer terug...

1/9th (Cyclist) Battalion
August 1914 : in Southampton.
November 1915 : joined with three other Cyclist Bns and converted to infantry. This 'Brigade' was originally intended for East Africa.
4 February 1916 : sailed from Devonport to India.
In October 1918, moved to Vladivostock (arriving 28 November) and on into Siberia, where it stayed until November 1919 thence returning to England. It was at Omsk (at 7 January 1919) and Ekaterinberg (from May 1919). The Battalion sailed from Vladivostock on 1 November 1919 and returned home via Canada.
5 December 1919: arrived at Southampton and then disbanded.

#3:  Auteur: Gast BerichtGeplaatst: Za Mrt 06, 2010 12:49
Nog meer info:

The 1/9th (Cyclist) Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment (Territorial Force)
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Formed November 11th With HQ at Southampton Commanded by Major R.A. Johnson of the 4th Bn. Was mobilized on 4 Aug. 1914 at Hamilton House, Commercial Road, Southampton. It was not assigned to a formation until 8 Aug. 1914 when it was despatched to Louth, Lincolnshire. In Oct. 1914 it found itself at Chichester, Sussex; in April. 1915 at St Leonards. But in Nov. 1915 it was moved to Chiseldon, Wiltshire, joining three other cyclist battalions (the 2/6th Royal Sussex, 1/25th London and 1/1st Kent) for conversion to dismounted infantry. The three battalions formed a brigade originally intended for service in East Africa. On 4 Feb. 1916 the battalion sailed from Devonport for India.

In Oct. 1918 it was moved to Siberia as part of a little known British intervention in the post revolutionary Russian Civil War. It arrived at Vladivostock on 28 Nov. 1918. The battalion was in Russia and Siberia until Nov. 1919 and then returned to England via Canada, arriving at Southampton on 5 Dec. 1919.

Here we are talking about the 1/9th Battalion after Armistice and its final adventures. The Battalion was at Ambala in October 1918 with 2 companies at Kasauli the 9th was again ordered to molbilize and join a largely Canadian force which was to assist the anti-Bolshevik elements in Siberia. The 1/9th Bn. had been attacked by the influenza epidemic and on October 29th 33 officers, 990 men embarked at Bombay for Vladivostock the ravages of the epidemic made the journey a very trying experience the ships hospital was swamped with the sick. Several men died, others had to be left in hospital in Colombo, Singapore, and Hong Kong the latter was reached on November 16th.

In Hong Kong Colonel Johnson tried to have his Battalion landed to give his sick a chance to recover and get the men fit by some marching and physical drill but his representations were over ruled and the battalion was sent on at once to Vladivostock already in the grip of winter.The battalion reached Vladivostock on the 25th of November the 1/9th landing the next day quaetered in a cavalry barracks and issued arctic clothing which had been supplied by the Canadians. The battalion moved by trucks to the train station leaving there on December 18th for the 4,000 mile journey across Siberia to Omsk which was the head quarters of Admiral Koltchak.

Omsk was reached on the 7th of January. The Commanding officer of the 25th Middlesex already in Omsk was glad to see his reinforcements the 1/9th Hampshire arrive. The 9th remained in Omsk until May when they were sent to Ekaterinburg at the foot of the Urals. Then in August the 9th retraced its steps across Serbia to Vladivostock which they left for Vancouver on November 1st 1919. After completing the circuit around the world they reached Southampton on December 5th to be warmly received.

#4:  Auteur: TonWoonplaats: Zuid-Hollandse Eilanden BerichtGeplaatst: Za Mrt 06, 2010 12:57
He dat is leuk Rob.
Deze informatie wist ik nog niet.
Wordt hij gelijk een stuk leuker.
Zal overigens niet meegevallen zijn in india en africa te kunnen fietsen.

#5:  Auteur: WicherWoonplaats: Ergens waar duizend jaar geleden nog geen bewoning was. BerichtGeplaatst: Za Mrt 06, 2010 15:31
Idd een mooie vondst Ton, vooral met de door Rob bijgevoegde info.

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