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Research questions from Jeff Pickerd

In archival footage of A.I.F. training at Broadmeadows Camp 1915, that Bill Woerlee sent me a couple of years ago, there is a training movie of Bomb practice using jam tin bombs being undertaken.
The question I seek an answer to, is at what month of 1915 would such bombing practice have begun, and how far into 1915 did it continue?

And supplementary questions to that answer, when did stocks of the Mill's bomb arrive in this country, date when first adopted for training, and date of first manufacture here?

Posted 27 June 2009 by Jeff Pickerd (VIC)

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Special Research Request

From David Railton  email: railton.david@btinternet.com


On 7 April 2005 Noble Numismatics of Sydney sold the James J Atkinson Collection of British gallantry medals.
Included in the sale was Lot 4023, a group of five to Flying Officer Frederick Charles Bone, RAFVR.
The reason for my interest is that I am currently assisting the Stiching Missing Airmen Memorial Foundation
at the Friesmuseum in Holland who are currently compiling information about allied airmen who were shot
down over Holland and Belgium in WWII. Frederick Charles Bone was one of these airmen.
He survived and became a prisoner of war.

The Noble Numismatics website shows that certain documentation and a photograph were part of the lot.
I am in interested in contacting the buyer to ask if he would be willing to provide me with copies of these documents.
Noble Numismatics has tried to contact him on my behalf but they tell me that that he no longer appears to be at the address they have for him.
All that they can tell me is that the buyer was living in the  state of Victoria at the time of the purchase.

I would be interested to hear from anyone who may know who the buyer was or can tell me anything as to sources of such information.

Thank you.
David Railton

Little Sutton, Cheshire, England