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Medal Forfeited - Arthur Askew


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Arthur ASKEW. Lincolnshire Regiment 202433.

Good Evening

The WW1 Service Medal and Award Rolls on the Ancestry website show 'Medal Forfeited: Yes', for the above man. He died in 1918 and is commemorated on the Vis-En-Artois Memorial. If he was shot for desertion would he still have been included on the memorial? Can anyone please tell me the reason for the medals being forfeited?

Thank you.

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There is no indication in the Rolls or MIC that they were forfeited. I think this might be a typo by Ancestry.

He has two entries in the Medal Rolls, with one appearing to have been deleted as a duplicate (where the forfeiture error has occurred).

Soldiers Died in the Great War lists him as Killed in Action. Incidentally the same day my Grandad was wounded.

Rgds

Tom D

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If he was shot for desertion would he still have been included on the memorial?

He wasn't. But if he had been, then he would have been included on the memorial, assuming the actual location of his grave had been lost. The War Graves Commission makes no distinction in its commemorations as to how a man died. FWIW, the In From the Cold Project successfully submitted a case to the Commission for commemoration of an executed man who had been missed off its records.

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He has two entries in the Medal Rolls, with one appearing to have been deleted as a duplicate (where the forfeiture error has occurred).

Whilst not common, the presence of two medal roll entries or two index cards is far from unique and, as in this case, if you don't know at first that there are two entries, you can end up with some oddities.

Something similar can often be found in the London Gazette. There is an entry regarding an officer, then an entry cancelling that entry, then a third entry with correct details (usually the date was wrong, or the name mis-spelled). If they had combined the cancellation with the revised entry, it would have been much less confusing.

Ron

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