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Old 17-04-2017, 15:07   #376
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I cannot understand how anyone can part with family medals but I know some people do not have relatives to leave them too or if they do have no interest in them. I had 3 great uncles in WW1 two of which were killed. One of them won a Military Medal but his wife of 12 months emigrated to New Zealand and I have no idea whether she received his medals.
I located her new family last year and they did not even know she had been married before so obviously they do not know about his medals. How can I find out if they were issued Walter? My own fathers and father in laws medals we have and will be passed to our son and grandson. I wear my dads every year for Remembrance Sunday with pride.
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Old 17-04-2017, 15:26   #377
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Margaret. There are places for medals that are no longer wanted by relatives, who can no longer pass them down, Fulwood Museum has 1000's in display cases, all researched and diligently mounted with ladels, by a fellow volunteer at the Museum called Doug, when ever I turned up Doug would have been there for hours, Accrington Libray has a collection of medals and death pennies, when people give them to me they end up in the library. You'd be surprised at how many old folks who have told me, you take these, there is no one else interested, but what gets me, they have thanked me.
I did not know that there was such a collection...or that it was run by volunteers(but then I guess it would have to be someone dedicated to do such painstaking work).
I am pleased that there is such a facility as I do not think medals should ever be sold on for financial gain.
The boys who won these medals thought nothing of giving their lives or their health for the country.

I can understand why people thanked you Retlaw, they knew that you would make sure that the medals were treated with the respect that they deserved.
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Old 17-04-2017, 15:30   #378
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Every serviceman , woman has a medal index card MIC which records medals issued .
These are located at the national archives .
I hope that this helps .

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Old 17-04-2017, 16:47   #379
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Every serviceman , woman has a medal index card MIC which records medals issued .
These are located at the national archives .
I hope that this helps .

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British Army medal index cards 1914-1920 - The National Archives
Thanks Canuk.
I already know about medal cards, and the military records.
For the 11th East Lancs (Accrington Pals) I've collected 4167 Cards, there are some missing on Ancestry, so I'm making one for those, I've also acquired 1026 sets of their service records, I've downloaded all the service records which have survived the blitz of WW2. of my Accrington Heroes, 2629 sets, altogether over 30,000 sheets of paper, I waded thro for info. Then when I've finished prettying up the Pals Cards, for John in the library, my next quest is the medal cards for the Heroes, some 12 1/2 thousand of em, had a slight mux up recently, finished up seeing a specialist at Burnley, I think I were in better health than him. Hopefully, I'll have all their cards before I clock it.

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Old 17-04-2017, 18:23   #380
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Thanks Canuk.
I already know about medal cards, and the military records.
For the 11th East Lancs (Accrington Pals) I've collected 4167 Cards, there are some missing on Ancestry, so I'm making one for those, I've also acquired 1026 sets of their service records, I've downloaded all the service records which have survived the blitz of WW2. of my Accrington Heroes, 2629 sets, altogether over 30,000 sheets of paper, I waded thro for info. Then when I've finished prettying up the Pals Cards, for John in the library, my next quest is the medal cards for the Heroes, some 12 1/2 thousand of em, had a slight mux up recently, finished up seeing a specialist at Burnley, I think I were in better health than him. Hopefully, I'll have all their cards before I clock it.
That is a wonderful achievement . When researching medals I have of course downloaded a number MICs but not anywhere near your numbers . My father was a WW1 infantry man in France with the Black Watch . Unfortunately his records did not survive the Blitz ,not even in the burnt records . I was able to obtain the sections of his unit war diary 1/7th Black Watch that related to the various actions in which he participated , including the day that he was wounded ,July 1918.

I have also researched two brothers in the 1/9th Argyll and sutherland Highlanders , a unit that was virtually wiped out at 2nd Ypres in April1915 . I have managed to obtain the CWWG records of all of those KIA, most are commemorated on the Menin Gate . I had the privilege of visiting that Memorial a couple of years ago .

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That is a wonderful achievement . When researching medals I have of course downloaded a number MICs but not anywhere near your numbers . My father was a WW1 infantry man in France with the Black Watch . Unfortunately his records did not survive the Blitz ,not even in the burnt records . I was able to obtain the sections of his unit war diary 1/7th Black Watch that related to the various actions in which he participated , including the day that he was wounded ,July 1918.

I have also researched two brothers in the 1/9th Argyll and sutherland Highlanders , a unit that was virtually wiped out at 2nd Ypres in April1915 . I have managed to obtain the CWWG records of all of those KIA, most are commemorated on the Menin Gate . I had the privilege of visiting that Memorial a couple of years ago .

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Hi Canuck
I've attached a couple of pictures I hope, in July 2007, my friend Bill Turner (Accrington Pals) lay on his death bed in hospital, he was thanking me for all the research I'd done for him, when he said how many were really casualties at the Somme, Bill had always wondered as the war diaries never gave true figures, I said Ok Bill
I'll be back. spent 24 hours going thro the files, collecting names adding a mans picture where I could, printed it all out, I was just getting ready to take it to show Bill, when his daughter rang to say he'd just died July 5th 2007, almost to the time the Pals were relieved from the trenches after the slaughter of July 1st, I put it away until 2014, when I asked my daughter about commemorations for the Pals, asked her if she could arrange something in France for July 1st 2016, I then spent some time checking and rechecking, then having every thing bound in leather with presentation boxes, and the rest is history, the Mayor of Bapaume was so taken up that they had been remembered, that he presented my grandson with an inscribed medal, granting me the freedom of Bapaume, Even tho Bill had been dead 9 years his name is in those books as co author. Bill and his books on the Pals put Accrington on the world map.
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