1916 Corp Albert Edmund Gilbee WWI Royal Serbian Army Trench Art Token

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#AD113 Corporal Albert Edmund Gilbee Genealogy:
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This is a wonderful antique original military related Edwardian era trench art medal or love token was made out of an old original Serbian Dinar Silver coin. The original coin front depicts Milan I 1854-1901 as Serbian Prince. He reigned 1868-1882. The reverse is altered and hand etched with an identified British soldiers name of A.E. Gilbee, his military service number, a RSA monogram and a graphic armorial star pattern with etching, see more info below.

Etched on Coin:
A.E. Gilbee
1916-17
181938
M.T. (abbreviation for Mechanical Transport)
RSA Royal Serbian Army

The Army of the Kingdom of Serbia, which is known in English as the Royal Serbian Army, existed from 1882-1918. In 1914, WWI began as a primarily local war when Austria Hungary invaded Serbia in response to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The war escalated and the Serbian campaign was fought steadily 1914-1918. French and Serbian troops and allied troops together defeated Bulgaria and Austria-Hungary, which led to the final end of the war.

The Allied forces, which were the French, aided by British, Serbians and the Greeks liberated Serbia two weeks before the war's end. Serbia then regained its territory occupied from 1915−1918. Just on an interesting side note, Flora Sandes was the only British woman who served as a soldier and officer of the Royal Serbian Army during the war. She had travelled to Serbia as a medical volunteer before the war started. She was decorated with 7 medals.

This is an altered coin, sometimes referred to as a love token or war token. It was found in Totnes, Devon, England, and we have located the British soldier, Corporal Albert Edmund Gilbee in census and military who altered it. He fought with the Serbs in World War One.

Often to pass the time, trench soldiers, would make folk art handmade antique mementos out of coins, bullet casings, metals and other found object, and this is known as the term "trench art." This was altered showing very high quality work. See photos of both sides.

Found in Public Genealogy Records:
Albert Edmund Gilbee in UK Service Medal And Award Rolls 1914-1920
Awards & Decorations Of Honour
Name: Albert Edmund Gilbee, Albert E Gilbee
Military Year: 1914-1920
Rank: Corporal
Medal Awarded: British War Medal And Victory Medal
Regiment Or Corps: Army Service Corps
Regimental Number: M2 / 181938 (this number is seen etched on coin)
Previous Units: R.A.S.C. M2/181938 Corporal

England & Wales Civil Registration Marriage Index 1837-1915
Name: Albert Edmund Gilbee
Registration Year: 1908
Registration Quarter: Apr-May-Jun
Registration District: St George Hanover Square
Inferred County: London
Household Members:
Florence Lilian Hoad
Margaret Brydone Rodger
Albert Edmund Gilbee

England & Wales National Probate Calendar
Index Of Wills & Administrations, 1858-1966 and 1973-1995
Wills, Estates & Guardian Records
Name: Albert Edmund Gilbee
Death Date: 26 Oct 1960
Death Place: Surrey, England
Probate Date: 7 Dec 1960
Registry: London, England
James Marr Brydone
Albert Edmund Gilbee

England & Wales Civil Registration Marriage Index 1837-1915
Name: Albert Edmund Gilbee
Registration Year: 1908
Registration Quarter: Apr-May-Jun
Registration District: St George Hanover Square
Inferred County: London
Household Members: Name
Florence Lilian Hoad
Margaret Brydone Rodger
James Marr Brydone
Albert Edmund Gilbee

England & Wales Civil Registration Death Index 1916-2007
Name: Albert Edmund Gilbee
Death Date: 26 Oct 1960
Death Place: Surrey, England
Probate Date: 7 Dec 1960
Registry: London, England

Albert Edmund Gilbee
Apr 1908 St George Hanover Square, London
England & Wales Civil Registration Death Index 1916-2007
Death Age: 75
Birth Date: 1885
Registration Date: Dec 1960
Registration District: Surrey Northern

A beautiful one of a kind military WWI piece and a great and rare original Gilbee family genealogy find. Click images to see condition in very close up and movable views. Just as found. We honour Albert Gilbee's wonderful service during the first World War.


Size: 7/8 of an inch in diameter

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