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SPOOKY OR FATE?


Wargrave lass
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For quite some time now, I have been researching my Gt Grandfather, Enoch McNally. (Some of you may already know this from other posts, requests etc). I had absolutely no infomation about him at all. After a long search I finally found him through CWGC. He was killed on 5/7/16 at La Boiselle on the Somme. I found this information out just in time to be able to book myself on a trip to commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. At the time I thought "what a coincidence, me finding where and how he died just before the 90th anniversary". It was quite a pilgrimage but extremely well worth it, because I somehow felt closer to him, knowing where and how he died. However, just 4 months later (at the end of November) my husband ventured onto Ebay. He typed in the search box "McNally". There it was, staring him in the face. My Gt Grandfather's death plaque. We couldn't believe it. Apparently, he examined the photo from every angle to re-assure himself that it was genuine and not a copy before shouting me to come and have a look. We won the bid. At long last, I now have a tangible piece of my family history. What does everyone think? What are the chances of that happening? Fate or just plain spooky?

Do you think it would be too much to hope that I could find his medals as well? Has anyone else had this kind of thing happen?

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Great news; well done - let's hope you can find his medals

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Thats great news

and gives hope for the rest of that are searching for family pieces

well done

andy

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That's fantastic news Lass!

I bet you are proud of that plaque eh?

me thinks fate has something to play here!

and as Andy says- it gives us all hope in finding family pieces.

well done!

Ivan

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check his MIC, http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documen...;resultcount=69

and you can find out which you need to look for, single, double or triple. Also try contacting seller of plaque he may be able to tell you where he got it from and my guess the medals may be in the local area.

It may be a start to advertise in that area in a free paper or weekly gazette.

Other than that just plod through all the medal dealers on the WWW or medal fairs, some dealers may keep an eye out for you or may know people who specialise in his regiment.

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Fate or just plain spooky?

Pure serendipity....you must be feeling great about the discovery.

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check his MIC, http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documen...;resultcount=69

and you can find out which you need to look for, single, double or triple. Also try contacting seller of plaque he may be able to tell you where he got it from and my guess the medals may be in the local area.

It may be a start to advertise in that area in a free paper or weekly gazette.

Other than that just plod through all the medal dealers on the WWW or medal fairs, some dealers may keep an eye out for you or may know people who specialise in his regiment.

Hi Chaz

Thanks for that. I have his medal card. He was entitled to the 14/15 star, the Victory Medal and the British Medal. I contacted the seller at the time and asked where he had obtained the plaque, and he said that he bought it in a job lot of militaria and unfortunately didn't know anything else about it. I was rather surprised where it turned up though - in the South of England - 90 years after it was sent to St Helens in Lancashire. If only it could talk!

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Hello Wargrave lass !

Congratulations on this splendid piece of good fortune. Hope you manage to locate the medals.

Regards

Wayne

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