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Linda C

have found that my grandfather's brother was awarded the military medal in WW1 but have no details of why.
He was Edward/Edwin Swatman and served in 4th Bat.  East Yorkshire regiment no. 200679 and held rank of corporal at time of award. The medal was issued for bravery in France and notification was in the Gazette 13/09/18. The certificate is a little blurred but I believe it states "Registered paper 18/121/603A"  and schedule no. 184281
There is a report in  HULL DAILY MAIL dated 22/08/1918 which also mentions 3 serving brothers and a brother-in-law who was a prisoner in German hands.

I would be grateful for any further information.

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sadbrewer

He was wounded according to the casualty list of July 16th 1918.

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Coldstreamer

welcome , have you tried local newspapers?

also check the british medal forum data base of MM "citations" - hundreds if not thousands on there

you may get lucky if you look in the war diary for 3-6 months back from gazette date - but often the men don't get a mention in them

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LarsA

Unfortunately not on BMF.

 

ATB,

 

Lars

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MaxD

Coldstreamer's advice would take you to the war diary for the period at the National Archives:

 

https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14055730 or here on Ancestry:

 

https://www.ancestry.co.uk/interactive/60779/43849_2835_0-00000?backurl=&ssrc=&backlabel=Return#?imageId=43849_2835_0-00625

 

Inclusion in a July casualty list and the item in the newspapers which refers to being wounded in June (reports were often delayed) point to the action on 27 May 1918 when the battalion were attacked and effectively knocked out as a battalion, the remnants being formed, with others, into a composite battalion that was withdrawn from the line in mid June.

 

The description of the action does not, name names (see Coldstreamer above) but it does refer to isolated parties fighting rearguard actions as they attempted to withdraw across the Aisne river.  This is just the sort of thing that after the event would lead to one or more awards to men who distinguished themselves during that period.  Further reading of relevant diaries may find something, the 50 Divisional diary has a list with brief citations for a medal award ceremony in May of 1918.  More work needed!

 

Max

 

 

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MaxD

In continuation of post #5.  By way of illustrating what a hit and miss affair finding award details is, on 23 May 1918, General Officer Commanding 50 Division presented medal ribbons to a number of officers and men.  The citation for Private Turner, who was awarded the MM, states that it was for his gallantry in a daylight raid on 13 December 1917.  His award was gazetted on 12 March 1918.  Another man was awarded the MM for his actions on 23 Oct 1917, it was gazetted on 1 Feb 1918.

 

The attached list illustrates also that awards were not necessarily made for one single gallant act but also for sustained bravery over a period.  Unfortunately I find no similar list with Swatman's name. ( or indeed any other such list in the same diary (HQ 50 Div DAAQMG).

 

Max

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Linda C

Many thanks to all who have posted to help me.

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charlie962
On 15/01/2020 at 00:30, Linda C said:

I would be grateful for any further information.

Probably not related to his MM award but ?

You may not already have this but he was previously wounded in 1916. The Daily Casualty List of 21st Aug 1916 lists him as E Yorks, wounded, L Cpl E Swatman, 2528.

 

Your GF's brother's early number was 2578. I am sure that 2528 in the caslist was a typo error at the time (not uncommon) and the entry refers to your man.

 

Actual wounding would have been some time early July 1916. War Diary here on Ancestry doesn't mention him but gives a good background narrative.

 

Given that he first landed in France (per his Medal Index Card) 17/4/15 which was the date the 1/4th East Yorks landed, I think it is fair to assume he remained with 4th Bn throughout (which is not always the case when a soldier is wounded and evacuated from his Battalion)

 

Charlie

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charlie962
On 17/01/2020 at 12:45, MaxD said:

the action on 27 May 1918 when the battalion were attacked and effectively knocked out as a battalion, the remnants being formed, with others, into a composite battalion that was withdrawn from the line in mid June.

The 150th bde War Diary has this interesting Casualty Summary (Killed, Wounded and Missing) for May 1918 demonstrating the scale of loss to the Brigade:

Courtesy National Archives

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clk

Hi Linda C,

 

On 14/01/2020 at 23:30, Linda C said:

a brother-in-law who was a prisoner in German hands

 

Do you know his name, DoB, etc?

 

Regards

Chris

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