Search results for Military Medal.

20 August 1897 : Cpl / Flt. Cdt John Arthur Wilson MM

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As a boy, after Sunday lunch, I recall sitting on my grandfather's knee and he would start off with the line ‘have I told you about the time ...' and he'd then add, ‘.... we were gassed' or '.... we took a German prisoner' or '..... I was transferred to the Royal Flying Corps'. Perhaps this started my interest in history. In his 96th year Jack r…


27 September 1918 Louise de Bettignies (alias 'Alice Dubois') died on this day

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Also known as 'The Jean d'Arc of the North', Louise de Bettingnies was born on 15 July 1880 at St.Amand-les-Eaux. Although from a penniless background (the family fortune disappeared before she was born), she was well educated and eventually became a housekeeper to English and German families - learning the languages and discovering Europe in the p…


16 October 1916 : Pte James Joynt MM

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James, the second child of William (an Irishman for Limerick) and Ellen (from Gosport) was born in Derby in January 1882. He had an older sister who would have been 6 or 7 years old at the time. Younger brothers Richard and Dudley were born respectively in 1888 and 1894. By the the time of the 1891 Census, 9 year old James was living at 22 Milton …


Lieutenant Martin’s Letters:  F.W.S. Martin, M.M., an Anzac in the Great War

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Reviewed by R. Buckley, B.A., Ph. D. Cantab. Lieutenant Fred Martin, M.M., the author’s uncle, was born in Queensland in 1895. He died at Polygon Wood, September 20th, 1917. Training as a teacher when war broke out, Martin was a fine writer whose wartime letters to his family bring images and characters vividly to life and throw light on contempor…


11 December 1917: Sgt Charles Peachey MM, 1/6th Bn Duke of Wellingtons (W Riding) Regt.

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From Settle, Yorkshire, a veteran of the Battle of Aubers Ridge in 1915 and the Somme in 1916, Charles Peachey (by now mentioned in dispatches and promoted to Sergeant and, on occasion, appointed acting Warrant Officer 2nd Class) was awarded the Military Medal for actions during the Battle of Poelcapelle (3rd Ypres) in 1917. He was killed in actio…


20 June 1917: Cpl Harold Albert Bolton MM

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Harold Bolton's parents were Farris (a farmer of Irish origins and an MP in the Canadian House of Commons) and Elizabeth Jane 'Jenny' (née Stewart). The family lived in Pembina, Manitoba. Harold was one of eight children : five boys and three girls. Two of his siblings died in childhood. Two of his five brother, including Harold himself - were …


ONLINE: 'Arthur and Adeline - a true story of WW1 bravery and romance' by Dennis Claridge

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Caption: Arthur Cima MM and Adeline Guidotti This online talk: goes live at 19:30 for a 19:45 start, ending at about 20:45. Participating is quick and easy. The only equipment you need is a computer, or a tablet, or a smart phone. Simply email wfa.nwkent@gmail.com for your link. We'll also automatically add you to the mailing list to keep you up…


A Century Old 'Thank you'

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The events of World War I have burned themselves into the national consciousness - especially during the past four years, when every battle, every incident, every death has had its 100th anniversary. With the centenary of the end of the war in sight, many are the stories that have been told and are waiting to be told. This is just one. My father […