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Neil H

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WW1 Medals - J Houghton, 201925, 2/5th
« on: December 27, 2007, 08:33:49 PM »
Hi There

Where the British War Medal & the Victory Medal sent to those who were entitled to them automatically or did a soldier have to apply to receive them?

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Re: WW1 Medals - J Houghton, 201925, 2/5th
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2007, 11:47:45 PM »
Hi Neil

welcome to the group :)

WW1 medals were sent out to the soldiers home address or NOKs

did Acting Serjeant James Houghton survive the war?

the 2/5th saw some very serious action in the later stages of the war!

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Re: WW1 Medals - J Houghton, 201925, 2/5th
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2007, 09:11:54 PM »
Yes he did survive the war.

My father has his medal ribbons but says that my Granddad never applied for his campaign medals.(?????)

We have his MM.

My granddad was shot and sustained a head injury, which he fully recovered from, we don't know if he was invalidid home before the end of the war or if he was treated in France.

Would his injury be a possible line of enquiry

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Re: WW1 Medals - J Houghton, 201925, 2/5th
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2007, 09:39:45 PM »
hmm, well if he has the ribbons the medals would have came with them, or do you mean the medal bar ( with the 1/4 inch of ribbon on them?
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Re: WW1 Medals - J Houghton, 201925, 2/5th
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2008, 03:27:48 PM »
What is strange is that we do have his bar, plus ribbons that match but my father is adamant that my Grandad never had his medals. (Apart from his MM which we have)

Is there a record of medals being sent out and if they weren't are you still entitled to them???

Sorry for being a bit thick but this is all very new to me.

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« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2008, 04:44:10 PM »
i think you need to look at his medal card to see if there is any reference to them being returned, we see that quite often for one reason or another
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Re: WW1 Medals - J Houghton, 201925, 2/5th
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2008, 08:40:11 PM »
Hi Neil !

Is there a record of medals being sent out and if they weren't are you still entitled to them???

Sorry if this blows a family story for you, but as you have asked....I quote from the MOD website:

"After the 1914-18 War, all campaign medals were automatically issued to the medal earner or, if deceased, to the next of kin. Records of the medals awarded to each serviceman are held in the National Archives at Kew and are available to the public. For a small fee these medal cards can be viewed online at the National Archives website."

The Medal Office can not provide replacements ~ hence the trade of WW1 memorabilia I guess ???

Source:
http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceFor/Veterans/Medals/MedalFaqs.htm

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Re: WW1 Medals - J Houghton, 201925, 2/5th
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2008, 10:17:46 PM »
MM roll


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