Desert Rat - Burma?

Discussion in 'Burma & India' started by spall, Apr 22, 2011.

  1. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    He did have his medals, at one point but they seem to be lost anyway of applying for them?


    It might be possible to obtain another set, but you will have to be careful how you word your request. See link below for details. Did his records show his medal entitlement on one of the pages?

    Replacing campaign medals
     
  2. Hebridean Chindit

    Hebridean Chindit Lost in review...

    African Star is listed on one of the pages, Steve...

    Probably be easier to do (ebay) watches on the medals and pick them up seperately (possibly cheaper than a set) and then they would be "of-the-age" ... picked up one missing medal of my dads for about £10 recently... he would have had all the standards (39-45 Star, Defence, War) and the Burma Star

    Congrats on getting the records - nothing I can see re POW...
    One you might have fun finding is "X"
    X (i) list is posted to fill a vacancy, iirc - a temp 1st Argyll and Sutherland...
    X (ii) list which is basically unfit for duties... quite a common entry in this theatre...
     
  3. spall

    spall Junior Member

    Congrats on getting the records - nothing I can see re POW...
    One you might have fun finding is "X"
    X (i) list is posted to fill a vacancy, iirc - a temp 1st Argyll and Sutherland...
    X (ii) list which is basically unfit for duties... quite a common entry in this theatre...

    Thanks, we had just moved as well, glad I got redirection!

    There maybe confusion around him being a POW, as it maybe his brother Tom.

    Yes was wondering what the X (ii) were.

    He was a Millhand (not sure what type of gun that would have been tied too) and was in the horse and foot class.

    At least I can now write and tell his story, once I can put all the pieces together.
     
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  5. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Hebridean Chindit, well spotted.

    Assuming no gallantry awards or previous service in Palestine, which I think we can, then I would say his entitlement should be:

    1939-45 Star, Africa Star, Burma Star, Defence medal and British war medal. The attached photo shows these medals in the same order left to right.
     

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  6. mapshooter

    mapshooter Senior Member

    414 Bty grew into 14 RHA, they never returned to N Africa, or at least while hostilities were underway there, but joined 31 Indian Armd Div which I don't think ever went into action.

    Of course he could also have gone East with a 70 Div unit.
     
  7. spall

    spall Junior Member

    bamboo I can remember growing up I think he only had those medals!
     
  8. spall

    spall Junior Member

    Hebridean Chindit, well spotted.

    Assuming no gallantry awards or previous service in Palestine, which I think we can, then I would say his entitlement should be:

    1939-45 Star, Africa Star, Burma Star, Defence medal and British war medal. The attached photo shows these medals in the same order left to right.


    is this a lot and where can I buy them - guessing ebay?
     
  9. Hebridean Chindit

    Hebridean Chindit Lost in review...

    Just do some searches through ebay and see what you find - my dad's defence medal was missing - just the ribbon was all I had - picked it up for a tenner - a bit scuffy but it cleaned up reasonably well and being slightly imperfect looks more "suitable" to me - he used to keep them in a tin on top of a cupboard in the garage - pride of place, not...

    They are all fairly common medals, and unlike those supplied in WWI they are not "named" so they are all the same...

    If you are having problems with a suitable search shout and I'll post a few links for you...
     
  10. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    is this a lot and where can I buy them - guessing ebay?

    The photo is old and no longer available. Hebridean Chindit is right about EBay, but the likelyhood is you may have to collect them all singly. If you were lucky you may be able to collect them all for roughly £60-70.

    Another option is to ask a reputable medal dealer to make up a representative group for you, which could be also placed on a bar and pin. These would be totally authentic medals from the WW2 period with new ribbons. As HC said no WW2 service medals were named by the MOD or War Office, so this may be the best option.

    Let me know if you need more help.
     

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