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Osterr.Ungar.Hulfsverein Johannesburg S.A.R. 1 month 4 weeks ago #71409

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Would anyone have any information about this organization which had a 34mm bronze and enamel lapel badge ( of Austrian manufacture ) inscribed as per the heading above.
I presume it to have been an Austrian relief organization operating in Johannesburg during the early years of the Boer War
I have only ever seen one specimen of the badge

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Osterr.Ungar.Hulfsverein Johannesburg S.A.R. 1 month 3 weeks ago #71423

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Is it spelt Hilfsverein?
I can't see mention of an Austro-Hungarian field ambulance, or other medical charity, in JC De Villiers' comprehensive 2-vol book on medical aspects of the Boer war; so I wonder if it was for non-medical assistance?
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Osterr.Ungar.Hulfsverein Johannesburg S.A.R. 1 month 3 weeks ago #71427

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Hi

Deutsch Osterr(eich) Ungarische Hilfsverein fur Kriegsgevangene was functioning in WW1 as a relief organization, I assume the same was extant during the Boer War, and does not appear to be medical in nature, but rather an aid organization for prisoners or people of German, Autro-Hungarian descent.

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Osterr.Ungar.Hulfsverein Johannesburg S.A.R. 1 month 3 weeks ago #71483

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So far no concrete information about this organization and what it did in the Transvaal
Has anyone else seen this lapel badge or is mine the only known specimen ?

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Osterr.Ungar.Hulfsverein Johannesburg S.A.R. 1 month 3 weeks ago #71487

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You might try posting a picture of the badge here
www.britishbadgeforum.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=93
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