Finding info on old soldiers

Discussion in 'Military History and Militaria' started by remfy, Jan 6, 2008.

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  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
  2. oldbaldy

    oldbaldy LE Moderator Good Egg (charities)
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    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.
  3. Remfy,

    Try this link for size NATIONAL ARCHIVES

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

    Kind Regards

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

    Blimey, that has to be him, we still live in Rubery :D :D

    Your an absolute star
  5. Blimey Berlin I spent ages doing obviously the wrong search, I couldn't find him :oops:

    Nice find, thankyou very much :D
  6. 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.
  7. No probs Remfy. Try this LINK for info on how to interpret the medal card.

    Kind Regards and happy hunting

  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. oldbaldy

    oldbaldy LE Moderator Good Egg (charities)
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    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.
  11. oldbaldy

    oldbaldy LE Moderator Good Egg (charities)
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    I have found an Ernest Martin Blunn from the same area, could they be related?
  12. oldbaldy

    oldbaldy LE Moderator Good Egg (charities)
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    Now sent you a copy of the 1901 census, lots of brother, including Frank as a 1 year old, & sisters.
  13. 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!
  14. oldbaldy

    oldbaldy LE Moderator Good Egg (charities)
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    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.