This is my first post on this Forum, in fact on any Forum!
I have been researching my family history, which has links to the Russian Imperial Army.
I have a picture of my Great Grandad call Baron Gune Uexkull-Gyllenbandt. (unsure of exact spelling!)
He apperently was a Captain of the Russian Imperial Artillery and in the 1st C.C according to an old calling card I have of his.
He fled to the UK via Turkey in 1922 after fighting in the White Army. We knew him as George Smith! His father was a Colonel in the Imperial Army but i have no photo's of him, he calls himself Lyon Smith on George's marriage certificate.
Can some one help me understand more about his military career and perhaps when this photo was taken? I know he was born in Russia in 1900 and looks very young here. What does 1st C.C stand for? I also can not seem to identify the shoulder board in the ID books I have of military uniform. It seems like it has one stripe and a small star and crossed rifles or swords? Can any one make out the badge on the cap? It is not a good picture i'm afraid.
A great Aunt said he was awarded the George Cross for bravery but this family heir loom has been "lost". Is there any way of verifing this? Is there a record/book of the medals awarded?
I also have a picture of a Russian Relative called Vera who was a Red Cross Nurse but there is some debate over the war she fought in. The family say's Crimean but i think this is too early? Family legend also say's she was grewsomly cut into 4 peices, but i have no way of varifing this nor do i know why!! She has medals in the picture but they are not well seen.
Sorry for all the questions on my first post! Thank you for any time spent helping with me this. I look forward to any replies.