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Hugh A Kerr Medal Card Please

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Val Report 28 Feb 2013 10:37

Hugh A Kerr my grandfather was in the 1st world war there is a Military medal card on ancestry could some one please get the information of it
He was in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders


Jonesey Report 28 Feb 2013 10:42

Awarded the Victory and British Medals

Regimental Number 277650

No other information on the card which is normal. The fact that he was not awarded the Star medal means that he did not serve during 1914


Val Report 28 Feb 2013 10:46

I was told he was in Turkey in 1st world war and does it say what British medals he got please


Jonesey Report 28 Feb 2013 10:48

Awarded the Victory and British Medals

Very common service awards for those who served during WW1

British Medal...Approximately 6.5 Million awarded

Victory Medal... Approximately 5.7 Million awarded

Pip, Squeak and Wilfred
Three of the British campaign medals: The 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Pip, Squeak and Wilfred are the affectionate names given to the three WW1 campaign medals — The 1914 Star or 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal respectively. These medals were primarily awarded to the Old Contemptibles (B.E.F.). and by convention all three medals are worn together and in the same order from left to right when viewed from the front. The set of three medals or at least the British War Medal and the Victory Medal are the most likely medals to be found among family heirlooms.

When the WW1 medals were issued in the 1920's it coincided with a popular comic strip published by the Daily Mirror newspaper. It was written by Bertram J. Lamb (Uncle Dick), and drawn by the cartoonist Austin Bowen Payne (A.B. Payne). Pip was the dog, Squeak the penguin and Wilfred the young rabbit. It is believed that A. B. Payne's batman during the war had been nicknamed “Pip-squeak” and this is where the idea for the names of the dog and penguin came from. For some reason the three names of the characters became associated with the three campaign medals being issued at that time to many thousands of returning servicemen, and they stuck.

“Mutt and Jeff”
The two British campaign medals commonly found as family heirlooms nicknamed Mutt and Jeff: the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

In a similar vein when only the British War Medal and Victory Medal are on display together they are sometimes known as “Mutt and Jeff”.


Val Report 28 Feb 2013 10:53

Thank you do they have the date he enlisted please


Jonesey Report 28 Feb 2013 10:57

That information only appeared on a serviceman's service record. Approximately 70% of WW1 service records were destroyed by fire during WW2. I have looked on Ancestry to see if any service or pension records for a Hugh A Kerr survived but unfortunately it would appear not.


Val Report 28 Feb 2013 10:59

Thank you very much for help