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The Unauthorized [and Illicit] Dr. Watson Battle of Maiwand Bar

The Unauthorized [and Illicit] Dr. Watson Battle of Maiwand Bar

“The campaign brought honours and promotion to many, but for me it had nothing but misfortune and disaster.”

– A Study in Scarlet (STUD)

Facsimile of Dr. John Watson’s 2nd Afghan War Medal With the [at last and about time] Long Overdue Maiwand Bar*

For the believer in versimilitude actual 2nd Afghan War Medals may be obtained from English and American dealers in 19th Century British War Medals.

AN INJUSTICE RECTIFIED ◊

IN HONOR OF DR. WATSON WHEREVER

A reminder of the visissitudes of life: After Watson caught typhoid fever while recovering from his wounds●, he was returned to England because of his ill health and put on pension, eventually gravitating to London. There his sprendthrift ways put him in a bad financial hole. He was introduced to a fellow who had similar financial problems and the pair decided to share some rooms. That fellow was Sherlock Holmes.

* Under 19th Century regulations, the British Army issued bars to members of units who served in victorious engagements only! Because the British and Indian forces at Maiwand suffered a terrible defeat, no Maiwand bar could be authorized.

● Dr. John Watson [on leave from the 5th Northumberland Fusiliers] was attached to the 66th Berkshires [C. O. Lieut. Col. James Galbraith] at Maiwand as an Assistant Surgeon. He was wounded there and rescued from certain death by Murray, his orderly.

◊ Although on that day, July 27, 1880, the 66th Berkshires lost 285 killed of its 489 officers and men and won impersihable renown for its heroism, the fact that Maiwand was a defeat precluded the issuance of a Maiwand bar to its survivors. Which was a pretty rotten trick!

Image result for lighter side of sherlock holmesThis post was adapted, with permission, from a cartoon by the late Norman Schatell, BSI. For those interested in Schatell’s work, please check out the book The Lighter Side of Sherlock Holmes by his son, Glenn Schatell. Ordering information and a few samples can be found at http://lightsidesherlockholmes.tumblr.com.

 

 

 

Campaign Medals of Jude Law’s Dr. Watson

Campaign Medals of Jude Law’s Dr. Watson

“I served at the fatal battle of Maiwand.” – A Study in Scarleti (STUD) We have done a few posts before on the various cinematic versions of Dr. Watson and the various military decorations they have worn. We now turn our attention to the portrayal by Jude Law in the two movies in the Robert Downey,… Continue Reading

A Sherlock Hound Phonecard

A Sherlock Hound Phonecard

” Holmes the sleuth-hound” – The Red-Headed League (REDH) We discussed Sherlock Hound on these pages before. Between November 6, 1984 and May 21, 1985, 26 episodes of the animated series Sherlock Hound aired in Japan. Based on the Sherlock Holmes stories, the characters were portrayed by anthropomorphic dogs. Sherlock Hound was the title given to the series when syndicated… Continue Reading

The 2007 Cook Islands Sign of the Four Coin

The 2007 Cook Islands Sign of the Four Coin

” He handed them a shilling each…” – The Sign of the Four (SIGN)       In 2007, the Cook Islands contracted with the Perth Mint of Australia to produce a set of four 1 ounce .999 silver $2 coins.  All four coins featured color vignettes from the 1979 – 1986 Soviet television productions of The Adventures of… Continue Reading

The Decorated Dr. Watson of the 2013 Sherlok Kholms Russian Television Series

The Decorated Dr. Watson of the 2013 Sherlok Kholms Russian Television Series

“The campaign brought honours and promotion to many …” – A Study in Scarlet (STUD) Dr. Watson hanging up his uniform in the first episode of Sherlok Kholmes In November 2013, Russian television aired eight episodes of Шерлок Холмс, translated as Sherlok Kholms. The series starred Igor Petrenk as Holmes as Andrei Panin as Watson. This would be… Continue Reading

Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke on a Phone Card

Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke on a Phone Card

“Thanks to the telephone…” – The Adenture of the Retired Colourman (RETI) Many of the visitors to this website probably recall the days when pay phones were a common site when walking down a city sidewalk or inside a hotel lobby. You would drop a few coins into the phone, dial the number and make… Continue Reading

The Kabul to Kandahar Star That Dr. Watson Didn’t Earn

The Kabul to Kandahar Star That Dr. Watson Didn’t Earn

“… succeeded in reaching Candahar in safety…” A Study in Scarlet (STUD)       Photos source: Wikipedia In our previous post on Dr. Watson’s Afghanistan Campaign Medal, we briefly discussed the Kabul to Kandahar rhar Star (also known as the Robert’s Star). This medal was awarded to the troops under General Frederick Roberts’ command, who participated in… Continue Reading

Sherlockian Themed Pathtag Geocoins

Sherlockian Themed Pathtag Geocoins

“… something precious, something which he could not bear to part with, had been left behind.” -The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge (WIST) Pathtags are a single-sided custom metal tag about the size and weight of a U.S. Quarter Dollar coin. These are generally considered to a signature item to be traded with others, often in geocaching or… Continue Reading

The U.S. Deficit Did It (1984)

The U.S. Deficit Did It (1984)

“… a premature examination of accounts exposed my deficit.” – The Adventure of the Gloria Scott (GLOR) This editorial cartoon by Sam Rawls first appeared in the February 27, 1985 edition of The Atlanta Constitution. It’s interesting to see how Holmes and Watson have been worked into editorial cartoons over the years – I have two in… Continue Reading

The 1935 Sherlock Bones Hobo Nickel

The 1935 Sherlock Bones Hobo Nickel

“Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!’” – The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN)       Back in 1992, the Original Hobo Nickel Society was formed to promote the collecting of engraved buffalo nickels that had been produced prior to 1980. Most of these “original” nickels were engraved with nails, knifes, files and perhaps some punches.… Continue Reading