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Military Medal Gazette query

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Marigold1

I have a soldier from Loughborough who apparently, according to  newspaper reports, won the Military Medal in 1917 for saving some French civilians from a burning  house amid shellfire.

 

The soldier was Pte. 22511 Frederick (Fred; full names Frederick Herbert) Redfern of the 11th (Midlland Pioneers) Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment.

I cannot find his award in The Gazette. Can anyone help, please.

 

Marigold

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Coldstreamer

I cant find either sorry

 

Newspapers are not always accurate what they report...

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Coldstreamer

perhaps it was an ungazetted French Medal Militaire ??

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charlie962
43 minutes ago, Marigold1 said:

won the Military Medal in 1917

Are you sure it was the Military Medal ? If so could it have been the French Medaille Militaire ?

 

The only article I saw said he had gained distinction for gallantry and determination on 13 May 1917

 

That could be anything from a Divisional Commander's commendation to a full medal.

 

Charlie

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charlie962
Posted (edited)

Reading the Loughborough Echo for 13th July 1917 it does indeed seem to be the Divisional Commander's commendation. There would be a Certificate. It may be mentioned in the War Diary at Battalion or Divisional level  ( 11th Bn was part of 6th Division)?

 

edit, the IWM have an example but not viewable online

Edited by charlie962

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Marigold1

Dear Coldstreamer and Charlie,

 

Thank you so much for your help. I have now checked the French listings of Medaille Militaire and there is nothing listed. I have also checked the relevant war diaries and nothing there either. So it does look as though it might have been a Divisional Commander's recommendation, as Charlie suggested.

 

Marigold

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charlie962
26 minutes ago, Marigold1 said:

recommendation

Commendation !

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Marigold1

Charlie,

 

Thank you!

 

Marigold

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