Grandads Medals

#1
My Grandad died a few weeks back. He had been in the Army a long time ago, joining up as a private before the second world war and later being commissioned an officer. He left our family his medals, and I noticed that he had both an MC and an MM. Is this a filing mistake? I thought that if you won an MM but did something brave on an LE commission they just gave you a bar?

Thanks if anyone can clear this up
 
#2
Fezzick said:
My Grandad died a few weeks back. He had been in the Army a long time ago, joining up as a private before the second world war and later being commissioned an officer. He left our family his medals, and I noticed that he had both an MC and an MM. Is this a filing mistake? I thought that if you won an MM but did something brave on an LE commission they just gave you a bar?

Thanks if anyone can clear this up
It is possible to receive the MM as a soldier and then later receive the MC as an officer.
 
#3
Fezzick said:
My Grandad died a few weeks back. He had been in the Army a long time ago, joining up as a private before the second world war and later being commissioned an officer. He left our family his medals, and I noticed that he had both an MC and an MM. Is this a filing mistake? I thought that if you won an MM but did something brave on an LE commission they just gave you a bar?

Thanks if anyone can clear this up
Nope. MM was awarded to NCOs and Privates for bravery in the field: the MC was awarded to Officers and WO1s for bravery in the field.

You have been bequeathed an important piece of military history: guard it well.
 
#4
barbs said:
Fezzick said:
My Grandad died a few weeks back. He had been in the Army a long time ago, joining up as a private before the second world war and later being commissioned an officer. He left our family his medals, and I noticed that he had both an MC and an MM. Is this a filing mistake? I thought that if you won an MM but did something brave on an LE commission they just gave you a bar?

Thanks if anyone can clear this up
It is possible to receive the MM as a soldier and then later receive the MC as an officer.

Seriously brave man to get both, one at each rank status then.


Baseplate said:
Fezzick said:
My Grandad died a few weeks back. He had been in the Army a long time ago, joining up as a private before the second world war and later being commissioned an officer. He left our family his medals, and I noticed that he had both an MC and an MM. Is this a filing mistake? I thought that if you won an MM but did something brave on an LE commission they just gave you a bar?

Thanks if anyone can clear this up
Nope. MM was awarded to NCOs and Privates for bravery in the field: the MC was awarded to Officers and WO1s for bravery in the field.

You have been bequeathed an important piece of military history: guard it well.

And the fact your Grandad was such a top bloke, guard it very well.
 
#5
Fezzick

PM me with his full name and the EXACT details of what is stamped around the rim of each medal and I will dig out as much info as I can for you.
 

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#6
sandy_boots said:
Fezzick

PM me with his full name and the EXACT details of what is stamped around the rim of each medal and I will dig out as much info as I can for you.
I look forward to the update.
 

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