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I have a memorial for LANCE CORP RICHARD BERRY 21491 2nd HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY died of wounds 10 July 1919. buried St Mary churchyard Haughton.

The entry in the Denton Roll of Honour states he has the Distinguished Conduct Medal & Millitary Medal but I cannot find evidence of it, his medal card relates to him as a Private and there is no entry in the London Gazette.

can any one advise

Many thanks


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hi i've checked both the cwgc website and recipients of the distinguished conduct medal 1914-1920

and can find no mention of any D.C.M. to your man. the book does list a 12058 L/CPL J BERRY of the 2nd batt H.L.I.

sorry i couldn't be of more help.

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On Ancestry his MIC has the trio and SWB, nothing else.

His Pension Records are also there - no mention of either.

You could try local newspapers, but I would think he was telling a story!



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I have got the ancestry records, the medal card had him as a private, but he was a Lance Corporal when he died, so I have searched for a further medal card as a Lance Corporal without success.

My great uncle 19606 Company Sergeant Major Stephen Waywell Highland Light Infantry had the DCM and Bar but that was Gazetted and I found 2 medal cards so reluctantly I feel this may be a red herring.

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Wasn't the Denton Roll basically compiled by council officers going round, knocking on each door and asking "have you had any dead soldiers in your family?" Leaves it wide open for porkies to be told - bit like the entries in the various editions of the National Roll book. .

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