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Which medal and bar did this soldier win?


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15241 Pte Smith Hardaker (or Hardacre) Duke of Wellington Regiment

http://www.cpgw.org.uk/viewDetail.cfm?sID=132-03

Hi, according to a local newspaper article from 23 June 1916, the above soldier:

"had seen considerable fighting, and was a bomber in the trenches, having been trained at a bombing school in France. At the battle of Loos he went into the German trenches with bombs, and for his work in this engagement he won a medal and bar"

http://www.cpgw.org.uk/craven_herald_articles.cfm?sID=132-03

I can only assume this means he won the Military Medal 'for bravery in the field' TWICE, or the Distinguished Conduct Medal TWICE, but I've searched the London Gazette, CWGC and other sources and can find no reference to these awards.

Is anyone able to offer an alternative suggestion? Any help would be very much appreciated. Many thanks, Andrew

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Hi

Nothing on His MIC which would indicate any gallantry award, only a trio. KIA 13.6.16.

There is a S Hardacre who was in 1st Cavalry Bde HQ Army Service Corps, 4th Lanc Fus Regimental Number:SS/871, 67699

and the card is just for the 14 star with a comment transferred??

No one else fits, I would suggest a story by the family.

regards

Robert

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"I would suggest a story by the family."

Except the original poster's source was a local newspaper article?

Regards

Ian

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Hi Andrew,

Just spotted this but unfortunately cannot really help. The only thought is that it could be a Foreign Award of some sort, but nothing is recorded in the Craven Roll, however I am not sure that all such awards were gazetted. It cannot be a 1914 Star and Bar(or clasp) because these would not have been known at the time he was killed--so a bit of a mystery!!

Hopefully someone with more knowledge of foreign awards will be along soon with an answer.

Regards,

Robert

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  • 1 month later...

Thanks very much fella's for your thoughts. It seems that the question pertaining to my inquiry will remain somewhat of a mystery, at least for the time being!

Perhaps some new information may surface somewhere down the track - hopefully! Regards, Andrew

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Croix de Guerre and Palm perhaps? - easy to see that being reported as a bar.

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Last week I completed work on a soldier where there was a convincing-sounding local newspaper article announcing that he had been awarded the DCM. He hadn't. No DCM, MM, mention, foreign award, anything. Word of mouth? Wishful thinking? A promise unfulfilled? Who knows. It just shows that you cannot take single-source information for granted.

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Our local newspaper relied entirely on the families to offer up news of their loved ones activities. Local newspapers are not the fount of all true knowledge.

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Did to ask this on the bmf too ?

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