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Lancashire Police Appeal to find medal owners


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3 hours ago, johntanner said:


"Both medals, from World War 1, are engraved with Pte H.L Norman MGC/15590."


"PC Helen Stanley of Lancaster Police, said: “We believe the medals belong to Private Henry Lionel Norman who died in active service on 28th October 1914. All World War 1 medals were issued automatically after the war either to the service person or to their legal next of kin. We therefore believe that these medals could have been lost by one of Pte Norman’s descendants or it’s possible they could have been sold and later stolen."






Name: Private L/10559 NORMAN, HENRY LIONEL 

Regiment: 2nd Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)

Died: Wednesday, October 28, 1914, on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL


Reference: WO 372/15/3899
Medal card of Norman, Henry L
Corps Regiment No Rank
The Queen's Regiment L/10559 Private





Reference: WO 372/15/3901
Medal card of Norman, Henry L
Corps Regiment No Rank
Machine Gun Corps 15590 Private
East Kent Regiment 8453 Private







Edited by Andrew Upton
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I've just sent a message to the Lancashire Police non-emergency bit of their website pointing out the correction, which hopefully might help in tracking down the rightful owner. I can see why they picked the wrong man though - two fairly unusually and identically (or nearly so) named men, both who had a service number (in different regiments) that comprised the same 5 numbers in a very slightly different order to each other. What are the odds on that?

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