It's good to know some of his original group exists as, If I remember correctly, he had quite a career?
When I bought the pair, many years ago now, it was just the two medals and it was not for a few years that the other renamed medals started to appear.
I remember returning home after the medal fair at which they were purchased and being quite worried as there was no entry in the DSO book for him. Looking back, I should have been far more worried by that naming!
A most informative topic and thanks for the images of renamed medals. I have been the victim of a renamed KSA from an on-line auction site. By the time it arrived and I picked up that it was renamed it wasn't worth the postage sending it back to the UK.
The positive, I now have a suspender and 01,02 clasps that I can use.
What is the rule of thumb regarding 'officially renamed'? Is it the case that the medal has clearly been skimmed and the renaming is 'official' impressed?
Its good to see your glass half full approach to the incident with the KSA.
You are right with regard to the officially renamed QSAs. Skimmed and named in the correct, impresses style.
I have only seen officially renamed impressed medals. Has anyone see any officially renamed engraved medals? Other than for officers where new medals were probably used, I would have expected to see engraved medals to the units where this was the usual style of naming. Perhaps the depth of the engraving meant these medals could not be reused? Or perhaps it was faster to reimpress a medal rather than engrave it?
Thanks for the response, I have a QSA to an officer that is very lightly engraved, I'll look for it and post a photo.
A well known dealer here in Aust showed me the dies he uses to check medals.
I think he has used brass and had the inside turned so that a QSA for example fits very neatly inside, there is a notch for the suspender, hold it up to the light and any variances to the circumference are picked up.