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doogal

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doogal

Hi,

A brief, and hopefully straightforward question: when medals were sent out, if no signature could be obtained, would the medals be returned, and would the signature have to be by the known/declared relative of the soldier (if he had been KIA).

I recall reading on the one MIC I have looked at, that it stated "not signed for", or "no signature obtained".

rgds

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Guest Ian Bowbrick

Medals were sent by registered post so had to be signed for. There was also a receipt with them which had to be signed and returned to the War Office and these you often see in service records.

Ian

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HarryBettsMCDCM
Hi,

A brief, and hopefully straightforward question: when medals were sent out, if no signature could be obtained, would the medals be returned, and would the signature have to be by the known/declared relative of the soldier (if he had been KIA).

I recall reading on the one MIC I have looked at, that it stated "not signed for", or "no signature obtained".

rgds

doogal

Unlike today when {if your lucky}the Postman/Woman puts a card through your leterbox if your not "in" for Recorded & Registered{Special Delivery}items,The GPO would have brought the Packet out Three times for signature{without being asked} before returning to sender{up to the 1980s too!}It should be signed for by the Addressee{as today},but I expect that would have depended on how well the Postman knew the recipients of the Package @ the intended address,as to wether he accepted a proxy signator

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Guest Ian Bowbrick

Proxy signatures were accepted - the well known '14' year old casualty, John Condon, His NoK was his father, but his BWM & Victory, addressed to his father were signed for by a brother.

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