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Old 19-01-20, 08:11 PM
skypilot skypilot is offline
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Default Greetings from the Isle of Man

I originally joined the forum back in 2017 but forgot all about it so I figured I might as well introduce myself seeing as this is my first post!

I reside in the Isle of Man and have been collecting and researching Manx military history for over 25 years. I formed the Manx Aviation Preservation Society way back in 1994, which is the group that runs the Manx Aviation & Military Museum.

I have been collecting militaria for more than 35 years, initially focusing on British pre-1952 cap badges and British flying clothing and equipment (my full time job is in aviation). I sold my cap badge collection some years ago though due to the proliferation of restrikes, fakes and bad sellers and I have focused on medals to Manx men and women ever since. I also dabble in vintage Star Wars and Action Man toys!

I have a modest collection of military badges relating to the Isle of Man but I only pick them up when they are nice and cheap. I also have an extensive collection of Isle of Man Police badges - I am the Isle of Man Constabulary’s historian and Chief Officer (“Commandant”) of the Special Constabulary.

I am an expert in nothing but am more than willing to pass on my limited knowledge on all things Manx.

Oh, and in 35 years I have never seen a local reference, photo or provenanced WW2 Isle of Man Home Guard badge except those of the King’s Liverpool Regiment. Hope springs eternal though!
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Old 19-01-20, 09:31 PM
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Bill A Bill A is offline
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Hello skypilot, welcome back. Your account is active and open for posts.
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Old 19-01-20, 10:12 PM
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Hi Skypilot

Welcome back.

I am looking to purchase items from the British Administration Police and Prison Services in Cyrenaica, Tripolitania, Eritrea, Ethiopia and the Dodecanese: insignia, documents, photographs etc.
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Old 20-01-20, 01:33 PM
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Hello skypilot,


You must know an old friend of mine Barry B. from the IOM as your interests are so similar to his.


Interested in all aspects of militaria/military history but especially insignia and history of non regular units with a Liverpool connection

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Old 24-01-20, 12:16 AM
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Hi Peter,

Yes indeed, we're in regular contact and have been for around 20 years or so. It's a pretty shallow collecting pool over here. ��
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