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Hello

I am currently researching the names listed on my village war memorial. So far i have found 3 names listed who each received the Military Medal. I am looking for more information on these individuals and especially information on why they received their awards. Any info greatly received so that i may place my findings and research into the local library.

The names are:-

SAPPER. JOHN PICKERING. 170TH TUNNELING COY. ROYAL ENGINEERS. 102160. DIED 03.04.17.

SERGEANT. THOMAS RUKIN BUCKHAM. A BATTERY, ROYAL HORSE ARTILLERY. 26688. DIED 20.07.16.

ABEL SEAMAN. JOHN BELL. ROYAL NAVAL DIVISION (HAWKE BATTALION). Z/1558. DIED 13.11.16.

Thanks for the help!

Paul

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Paul

Find my Past Royal Naval Division 1914 - 1918 Transcription.

John Bell born: 26th March 1894.

Next of kin : Father Thomas 2 Quebec St., Langley Park, Co.Durham.

Enlisted: 14/11/1914. Joined Hawke Bn., A/286 from 1st Reserve Bn.,

9/5/1915 - 6/6/1915 G.S.W. left knee.Rejoined Hawke Bn.,22/2/1916 13/11/1916 DD.

Awarded MM PO1158 10/12/1916 (Ancre 13/11/1916) London Gazette 12/2/1917 page 1750.

Bob

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Hello Paul,

As everyone has said you will find notice of the awards of the MM in the London Gazette. Unfortunately you are most unlikely to find the citation (reason for the award) as for MMs these were very rarely published (copies were given to the recipients).

There are two sources to look at once you have found the date of the award:

The local newspapers (even parish magazines if you can find them);

The war diaries of the units concerned which may list the awards of MMs and just possibly the event for which they were awarded.

Failing that the best you can do may be to look back through the war diary or a good history of the unit to look at what was happening. There are people on the forum with more experience than I have who will suggest an appropriate time before the actual award.

I hope this is some help.

R.

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rule of thumb is 3 months

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Paul

Find my Past Royal Naval Division 1914 - 1918 Transcription.

John Bell born: 26th March 1894.

Next of kin : Father Thomas 2 Quebec St., Langley Park, Co.Durham.

Enlisted: 14/11/1914. Joined Hawke Bn., A/286 from 1st Reserve Bn.,

9/5/1915 - 6/6/1915 G.S.W. left knee.Rejoined Hawke Bn.,22/2/1916 13/11/1916 DD.

Awarded MM PO1158 10/12/1916 (Ancre 13/11/1916) London Gazette 12/2/1917 page 1750.

Bob

Bob

What does DD mean next to the date of 13/11/1916 please??

Cheers

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Thanks Guys for the info so far!

If anyone can help with the war diaries for the day these lads died. It may also shed some light on what may have happened and as to why they received the MM although that said they may have received the medals before they died ......

Thanks

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