Finding info on old soldiers

#1
Finding all sorts of interesting bits & bobs hidden away in little boxes in the house.

House has only ever been family owned, so a lot of history here.

Anyway to the point

Have a:

1914-1918 war medal

1914-1919 victory medal

Silver wound badge number 481150

Medals were issued to 5726 Pte G Blunn Royal Berks

Wife has no idea who it is, although g/father was an F E Blunn

Have no knowledge of this, have searched National archives & tried the Regimental site, both of which failed to give any results.

Anyone give me any ideas where to look

Thanks very much :D
 
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oldbaldy

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#3
Looks like I have found the record for George Blunn remfy. :D
Would he have come from Birmingham?
Enlisted 12 Dec 1915

Looks like he was wounded in the head 7 Aug 1917.

Discharge 13 May 1919 to 8 Brick Hill Lane, Rubery, Birmingham.

If this is you man, PM me an email address & send you a copy of his file, it is very water/fire damaged though.
 
#4
Remfy,

Try this link for size NATIONAL ARCHIVES

You will need to purchase the microfilmed copy which is £3.50.

Kind Regards

Berlin
 
#5
Thanks very much sm500, that sort of took me around in cirlces back to the National Register.

Looks like I have found the record for George Blunn remfy. Very Happy
Would he have come from Birmingham?
Enlisted 12 Dec 1915

Looks like he was wounded in the head 7 Aug 1917.

Discharge 13 May 1919 to 8 Brick Hill Lane, Rubery, Birmingham.
Blimey, that has to be him, we still live in Rubery :D :D

Your an absolute star
 
#7
Got that one thanks Berlin.

Not really sure what I am looking at though

It is a PDF split into 6 equal parts-all Blunn's. G Blunn is on one of them.

No info it seems apart from number/rank/name

Bit of a mystery, comes from wifes side, and she knows nothing about him.
 
#8
No probs Remfy. Try this LINK for info on how to interpret the medal card.

Kind Regards and happy hunting

Berlin
 
#9
If you PM me the fullest details possible, I will set me mother onto it, who is into geneology in a rather big way and has done a number of 'lookups' re former military personnel.

The offer is there if you need it.
 
#10
Thankyou all :D

Makes more sense now, Victory & British are filled in(British with a ditto)

TP/102 B14 page 1716.

No dates at all for for landed in theatre.

oldbaldy seems to have a lot more info on this guy.

nottyash, all the info we have is from the medals. Wifes side of the family, and she has no knowledge of him at all. Only Grandfather she has heard of was Frank Blunn.

Sadly both parents & brothers/sisters etc have all passed away, so no joy there.

Strangely we may have found his grave, we both remember an unknown Blunn we stumbled across-will be looking again asap to check.

She also insists her grandad was an only child-wierd we have the medals

Blacksheep maybe?
 

oldbaldy

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#11
His full file is now on it's way by email. 13 pages of it.
He looks to have a war pension as well so I'll have a look at that.
You can also tell your wife I have found relations I knew nothing about when I started this, I even found out who my father was named after (my gran's brother, killed 1918) only started asking about this great uncle when I found his name on a War Memorial!
This can get very addictive.
 

oldbaldy

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#12
I have found an Ernest Martin Blunn from the same area, could they be related?
 

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#13
Now sent you a copy of the 1901 census, lots of brother, including Frank as a 1 year old, & sisters.
 
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oldbaldy said:
Now sent you a copy of the 1901 census, lots of brother, including Frank as a 1 year old, & sisters.
I was going to suggest the 1901 census, it ought to clarify the relationship or at least start you on a family tree to determine the relationship. Lucky he went "home" in 1919 and didn't disappear to some other area!

Mind you most of genealogical research seems to involve a big slug of luck! I spent yonks looking for my forebears in Pertyhshire and only got the clue that they wereoriginally from Lanark when I got my grandfather's militia records!
 

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Cuddles said:
Mind you most of genealogical research seems to involve a big slug of luck!
Having his mother's name on his attestation papers was the key!
As he enlisted at 31 he could have been married & that would have made it a great deal more difficult.
 

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#16
Getting into this now :D

1891 Census winging it's way.
 
#17
Thankyou all

oldbaldy, got the mails, very much appreciated indeed :D

Interesting reading indeed-jeez this lot bred like flaming rabbits :D

The wife has been in contact with a relative from another part of the family, apparently she is still in touch with his grandaughter(i think).

I will study the info in more detail, but apparently this guy is my wifes grandfathers cousin :? :?

Ultimately I can see no reason why we have these medals, but there is a direct descendant who may welcome the return of them to their family.

We shall see

Thankyou all again
 

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