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From: Phoebe Webb <>
Subject: [LAN] RE: WW1 Medals - Did GGDad pick his up?
Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2001 20:33:57 -0000
My family tried to obtain medals for my grandfather who had served in WW1.
I have copied below the reply we had from the Ministry of Defence, Army
Medal Office, Government Buildings, Droitwich, Worcestershire, WR9 8AU in
'With regard to your enquiry ..... After the 1914-18 War all campaign
awards were automatically issued to the recipient, or if deceased, to their
next of kin. The only exception was for officers, or their families, who
had to make a claim. These awards, plus the issue dates, were then entered
on the Medal Rolls which were not compiled until the issue of the medals
had been completed. The inclusion of the name on the Roll is evidence that
the awards in question had been correctly issued. If an award was
returned, for whatever reason, the Medal Rolls were annotated to that
If the Medal Rolls show in any way that the medals were not issued or were
returned as unissuable, this Branch will need to see a photocopy of the
relevant page of the Rolls (not the Medal Card) before any further action
can be undertaken.
These Medal Rolls for all campaign and service awards made in recognition
of Army service prior to 1920 are now held at the Public Record Office, Kew
and are available to the public.
All enquiries should now be directed to the following address:
The head of Search Department
Public Record Office
Surrey TW9 4DU
Tel:020 8876 3444
The Public Record Office cannot undertake searches on behalf of the public.
You will, however, be welcome to visit that Office to undertake personal
research free of charge, but if this is not possible, the Head of Search
Department will gladly offer you names of local professional researchers
with whom you might care to arrange assistance.'
Sorry if this doesn't help a lot, but basically you will have to find out
and prove yourself if the family story about your grandfather's medals is
true. The Public Record Office now have a website www.pro.gov.uk/
Best wishes with your search.
From:Lynne Mee [SMTP:]
Sent:16 January 2001 20:11
Subject:WW1 Medals - Did GGDad pick his up?
My great grandfather served in Britian in WW1, we were told he was awarded
medals but didn't want them (we don't know why).
Is there any way of finding out if he has medals that can be collected by
his surviving family?
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