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high wood
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I picked up this burnt and battered Victory medal from the boot sale this morning. Could someone please upload his Medal Index Card for me please as I would like to know if he was entitled to a 1914/15 Star trio? 69944 Sapper E Cox. Royal Engineers. Thank you.

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"entitled to a 1914/15 Star trio"

Certainly was -

Nothing on the back.

John

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I have two others in this condition that I have bought over the years. One to a Robert Gernat of the London Rifle Brigade who fought at Gommecourt in 1916. I feel that they need saving as they have obviously not been looked after. For some strange reason it always seems to be Victory medals that get into this condition.

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I think it is because brass corodes better than silver . I will take some pics of my worst examples . I also feel sorry for them and cant leave them to rot.

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Certainly was -

Nothing on the back.

The medal roll might give details of his unit.

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I think it is because brass corodes better than silver . I will take some pics of my worst examples . I also feel sorry for them and cant leave them to rot.

Victory medals, like the 1914 Star and 14/15 Star are made of bronze, not brass ;)

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I always marvel at how good the condition of some of the medals I find, but that is probably the worst nick medal I have come accross.

It is a wonder that you can read the stampings to get the ID of the man -_-

A while ago I picked up a 10/Lincs 3-digit number 'Original Grimsby Chum', First Day of the Somme casualty, BWM that looked like someone had taken a hammer to it, dragged it along a wall and knocked chunks out of it. I very nearly did not bother buying it, but it was up for a song and it was right, original and the only one. So, I had it.

I can understand the state of your VM, if it were lost, but this BWM I found was in someones toy box for years.

Doesn't it make you wonder where some of these little bits of metal end up <_<

Dick

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The Victories do seem to suffer I have one that has been stabbed several times. The BWM, being silver was often made into broaches or simply melted down.

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Well done for saving it.

Actually bronze is far stronger and more corrosion resistant than brass, but as high wood says, this one appears to have been burnt.

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