Chris Dale wrote:Hi Dave,
Thanks for the medal identifications, they're very helpful. Then again I can't read the medal abreviations in the Rangliste so I can't compare them.
Am I right in thinking it was quite common for royalty to recieve medals from various states and allies? So it would look like a royalty selection of medals?
Very odd that he's wearing a tropical uniform, yet he can't have been in the colonies with his EK's awarded in WW1 as Togo was long lost by then...
Another odd thing is the style of tropical helmet. It is not the standard Schutztruppe issue, probably a privatley purchased item. The only other identical helmet I've seen in a photo is worn by another Togo officer.
If it's not the Duke then I'm running short of ideas as to who it could be. It's all a bit of a mystery isn't it?
The first post in the thread indicates he was in the Ottoman Empire in 1916.
He had plenty of medals that aren't shown on that bar, ranging from long service to various jubilees. Most of his courtesy awards as a royal were 1st class or higher single class orders, such as Prussia's Order of the Black Eagle with Chain and Saxe-Weimar's House Order of Vigilance or the White Falcon 1st Class. These would be sash badges, not worn on medal bars.
You usually don't see all three Hanseatic Crosses except on naval officers, given the maritime connections of those city-states. I would not be surprised to see them on a Mecklenburger, though.