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Fred's Medal

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Sharron

Sharron Report 25 Apr 2013 18:41

I am filling in the form to claim Fred's Arctic Star.

Can't find his demob papers but his number is on his medal box, only it is too faded to read properly.

Well,between us we have come up with some sort of number that he remembered that kind of resembled the one on the box.

Tried to put his bluenose on the scanner and it has come out blurred so I will have to take it down the library and try to copy it down there.

Don't know what I am moaning about,he had a harder time winning it.

MR_MAGOO

MR_MAGOO Report 25 Apr 2013 18:44

You could try taking a digital picture then saving it..... :-D

Sharron

Sharron Report 25 Apr 2013 18:47

It really needs taking out of the frame I think.

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 25 Apr 2013 18:54

Well done for helping him Sharron,
Will it stir memories that he will be able to tell you about?

Has Fred got his Army record papers?
We have recently applied on behalf of father-in-law ( he signed for them)

Under the Freedom of Information Act ...or something similar ? you should get a reply withinn 40 days.
We have had a reply of acknowledgement, but it states that there is a delay, which we suspected anyway.

Gwyn

Sharron

Sharron Report 25 Apr 2013 19:09

Army records? Fred was a matelot.

He'll be after you if he thinks you implied he was in the army!

No,we don't have them as far as I know.

He's not fussy about having the medal even.

I didn't even know he had been on the convoys until a bloke up the pub told me.

It was the same with his Burma Star. I didn't know he had it until I found it in the medal box.He said he must have been there once.

Mayfield

Mayfield Report 25 Apr 2013 19:33

If he has medals already his service number should be on the rim, star medals usually have it on the back, certainly true for ww1 medals anyway.

regards,
Mayfield

Sharron

Sharron Report 25 Apr 2013 19:37

I never thought to look on the back. Thank you.

Sharron

Sharron Report 25 Apr 2013 20:37

I have had a look on the backs and edges of the medals but there is no number there.

Ooh, I hope he didn't knock them up himself in the shed for something to do while he was hiding from the call-up.

AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 25 Apr 2013 20:40

well what a guy - to have been involved in that lot he's a true hero and no mistake

maggiewinchester

maggiewinchester Report 25 Apr 2013 20:48

Amazing Sharron - you may be able to get his records from the national archives.

Sharron

Sharron Report 25 Apr 2013 20:50

I don't think he did it deliberately.

He never was in Burma, that one was for being in the Straits of Mallaca.

As a stoker he would have been doing his work as usual while things were going on elsewhere, although,I believe stokers had certain other duties. I don't really know much about it,to my shame.

Mauatthecoast

Mauatthecoast Report 25 Apr 2013 20:53

Sharron it was a very dangerous job being a stoker especially during wartime.

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 25 Apr 2013 20:54

Ooops... Sorry.
I was being called from downstairs and wrote in haste.

He's quite a man and been through alot.

Gwyn.............begging Fred's forgiveness.