Monday, 10 November 2014

Family History

Some years ago my husband was given these medals by his father.  They in turn had belonged to his father who had served in WW1. 

Earlier in the year on the anniversary of the start of WW1 I wanted to do a post about them to share with you, but I had put the medals away in a safe place that turned out to be so safe that I couldn't find it.

Eventually they turned up in a very safe place and all was well, but by then it was too late to do the post.  I put the medals back in their safe place and got them out today to take some photographs for a post tomorrow about Armistice Day.

When I started to look at the photographs that I had taken of the medals I realised that I really didn't know enough about the medals or the man who won them to write about him and them.  So I have written a different post for tomorrow.  In the meantime though, it still seemed appropriate to share these medals with you as I am so grateful for my husbands grandfathers service and for that fact that he came home again.

I will do some more research and share the information with you another time, but in the meantime, I share these with you.  I will also research how to clean them as I see how grubby they are!

Thanks for those who served and serve their country has always been important in my family, and I hope that it always will be.  So not only am I thankful to the many members of my own family who have served their country in various ways, I am grateful to you and your family members as well.





Amy 

37 comments:

  1. I'm eagerly awaiting (hope that is correct english ?) the history of the man behind the medals !! A medal is just a piece of metal, but it gets its real value from the story behind it, imho...

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  2. I'll show Chris, he knows all about medals.
    Looking forward to the story!
    Jane x

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  3. Those are treasures - a part of your family history! Looking forward to hearing more about him.

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  4. What a very special remembrance of a man who served his country.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  5. How very wonderful that you have these important pieces of history in your home! Just looking at them must bring you both great pride!! I am looking forward to your post about them and am glad that you were able to locate them!! Have a wonderful day sweet friend! Nicole xo

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  6. Dear Amy
    We all have so much to be grateful for. I look forward to hearing more.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  7. So very special to have these medals I'm sure. I hope you are able to find out the story behind them. x

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  8. I'm so grateful for men like your grand father - in law (I think I got that right!). Such men of courage to serve their country - I'm glad you are doing more research and sharing.

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  9. What a lovely bit of history to own, and family history too. It'll be interesting to find out more about them.

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  10. So glad you found them Amy, it'll be great to research their history.

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  11. It's wonderful that you have your grandfather's medals. My sister has our father's medals from WW1 and 2 and I would love to see them again. Next time I'm out there I will ask about them. It really makes me angry when people sell these medals for cash. Does that happen there Amy? We will be going to the Remembrance Day service at the local park cenotaph tomorrow.

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  12. Hey Amy,
    I shall look forward to your post about the medals and your husband's grandfather. I watched Countryfile last night, and was yet again struck at the human cost of the first world war.
    Leanne xx

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  13. How lucky we all were to have had and still have brave people who look after and defend us. I look forward to hearing and snippets from these medals.

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  14. Enjoy the research, I certainly did but got very tearful along the way especially when I saw where my ancestor was buried in France. I am going to the Peterborough War Memorial tomorrow for Armistice Day. Take care xx

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  15. It's really great that you have these and the stories to go along with them. I don't know much about my elders' military service, though both of my grandfathers fought in WWII. Thank you for sharing these special items.

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  16. How nice to have these treasures!!! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  17. Looking forward to you finding out some information about your hubby's family. It is lovely to know that so many gave their time to serve their country. Take care.

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  18. Hi Amy! Thanks for this post!
    It is great of you to remember!
    Ingrid xx
    http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  19. I hope you're able to find out more about your husband's grandfather and his service, no doubt there are many stories there to tell. CJ xx

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  20. Now I want my husband to get his father's dog tags out

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  21. Wow those medals are fantastic, good luck with your research :)
    I'm always putting things away in a safe place .......
    Jillxo

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  22. really great post AMy and is lovely you have these medals.Awesome!!

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  23. Awesome! My mom had two brothers who served in WWII. They were fighters on the line of battle. One was a medic and he was right there in the heat. My other uncle was a bomber and saw women and children destroyed by his watch. He never got over it and committed suicide late in life. His son said he had written a letter to them saying he could not get over the things that played in his mine.

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  24. These are wonderful keepsakes to have passed down through the family! Lovely reminders of the sacrifices our men and women in the armed forces have made so we can all enjoy freedom. We owe them so much gratitude. xo Karen

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  25. It's great that you have these medals & that family heritage. Took my kids to The Lord Ashcroft Gallery in the Imperial War Museum, London. The gallery contains his medal collection which is displayed in terms of the stories behind them. It was gripping, my kids wouldn't leave. I heartily recommend it for medals & the stories for their award. Go if you can. Thanks for sharing yours.

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  26. Lovely keepsakes Amy. Yes it is nice to trace back some family history which puts everything into perspective. P x

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  27. A very appropriate post. Despite all the carnage, people forget that most people made it back from the horrors of the fighting, albeit many were scarred for life in other ways. It's great that you still have these medals to keep in the family. Peter Duckers has written a neat little guide on British Campaign Medals, if that's any help.

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  28. I'm sure you treasure those medals in your family.

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  29. I look forward to hearing the stories of the medals. I have no immediate family connection with either war but my husband is very interested in history and particularly the history of war. We recently visited the Leeds Pals Memorial which is on a hill at Colsterdale near Masham. Although an area of outstanding natural beauty it is bleak and I cannot imagine what a bunch of lads from Leeds must have thought completing their training there before heading off, many never to return.

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  30. I hav eone of those medals at home though I could not say who's it was

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  31. I hope you find out more about the medals, Amy. Family History is a passion of mine - not just my own - and I've done a lot of research over the years. I don't have any direct decendents who served in WWI. My father and step-father both served in WW2:)

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  32. It's great you have the medals to keep now and look after.

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  33. It would be interesting to hear the story of the man who won the medals, Amy. You did make me smile at the thought of putting them in such a safe place, I'm constantly doing that! xx

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  34. That is wonderful that you have these medals. What an honor. My sincere thank you to yr family - your husband's family for their service. Thank you for your kind comment on my blog.

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  35. Wow they are great! A great honor and and the medals can be passed down though generations to come!x

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  36. I love family history. There is so much of a story in those objects.

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