My mum messaged me last night to say that her brother was going to pass on a medal grouping to me that once belonged to their uncle. I’m guessing she felt I might appreciate them as I’ve done a lot of work researching the family tree and her two grandads who served in both wars. Anyway, give the news I decided to do a bit of digging to see what I could find out. Alfred Ernest Patey, born Alloa, Scotland 21/11/1926. From what I gather he was in the Merchant Navy and I was able to find a medal card using the National Archives search engine which also gives what I assume is his service or discharge number. His dad has the same name and was in the Royal Marine Light Infantry just to add some confusion. I tried searching the Board of Trade files using his surname but drew a blank. Any ideas where I might be able to find out more? By the looks of his medals he had a busy war and, given his birthdate he must’ve been very young. From what I know he emigrated to Canada and possibly lived on an Indian Reservation for a while but my mum is a bit sketchy on his story. She is going to ask my Nana who might know a bit more but she was just a nipper during the war.