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    Trophies and Time

    Well I had written a long story, but it seems to have faded away....why doesn't this system auto save like Gunboards?

    This story is about missing treasure....well silverware at least.
    I come from a long line of competitive shooters, my father, all my uncles on both sides of the family...this is about two of them.

    Lindsay lost his life in the fall of Singapore, (Alexandra Hospital Massacre) another uncle survived a bit longer on the Thai Burma Railway.
    The years leading up to WW2 he was just getting into his straps, having shot with the 24th L.H against the 12th L.H in the Prince of Wales Cup, only to be beaten by the 16th L.H in the finals in 1936. He joined the Boomi Rifle Club and began competing , picking up a fair bit of Silverware in the two short years available.

    After my grandmothers death, his trophies disappeared, recently coming to light after another of my aunts was committed into care and her assets sold, the end result being me swearing at 80 years worth of tarnish.

    The most impressive is a large cup supported on three LLE's won at Boomi R.C





    A set of napkin holders also from that club.

    Another small heavy silver ashtray type from the Moree R.C

    Along with a full silver tea service set and platters.

    A trophy won by another Uncle,(Harry, who taught me just about everything) who went on to captain Randwick R.C and later became the treasurer of the Victorian Rifle Association, also competed in the Palma matches.



    So it's all come home to roost.
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    hi at least you have it now just took a while
    your descendants must have had some ability even little towns back in the days had big attendance

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    Good save Muffet family stuff so often get outsold from the relations as not all members realize the intrinsic value of an items history, a leftie eh! would have been fun wonder how many times he collected the elevation knob working the bolt!
    We have a leftie in our club and speed shoots with his No.4 are a real test for him.

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    Yeah, the coat gives it away.
    Lost the sight in the right eye as a child, he was the only one of five not involved in the services.
    Oddly enough I shot left handed in deliberate matches, right handed in rapids and snaps. Although I did prove that I could operate an Omark in rapids and snap matches as quick and as accurate using a rolling technique that Harry taught me.

    Had to finally convert to R/H after damaging my eye in about 1989, but still shoot either hand if using a scope.

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    Nice looking collection, too many of these have disappeared into the smelters for silver value...
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    Great to see your families trophies Muffet. You must be very pleased to have recovered them. Well done!

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    Reminds me of this war memorial seen in a small eastern Canadianicon town a year or two back.

    Yes, they're real.
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    "Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened." W.L.S.C..

    "None need deceive a people determined to deceive themselves."

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    Its awesome that you were able to find them fantastic treasure.

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    One of Harry's Palma Badges, Canadaicon I think.

    ...and the Australianicon Score board
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    Quote Originally Posted by muffett.2008 View Post
    Lindsay lost his life in the fall of Singapore, (Alexandra Hospital Massacre) another uncle survived a bit longer on the Thai Burma Railway.
    As Churchill said in reference to the command in the Middle East: "what you need out there is a field court martial and a firing squad!"
    "Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened." W.L.S.C..

    "None need deceive a people determined to deceive themselves."

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