Medal group - Cpl G K Galyer R Sigs

#1
Gents, an Ex Sapper here posting on the Sigs pages for some help tracing the relatives of one of your own. I have had for some years a set of three gongs, NI, UN and LSGC named Cpl G K Galyer Royal Signals. I found them way doen in the guts of a car I had ten years ago, and have been unable to trace his family - I understand from old editionsof the Wire that he is no longer with us, something to do with the Y list...
I have been offered money for them, but I would much much rather they go to his Family as that's where they rightfully belong.
Please can somebody assist with sending them on, I've had no luck so far.
many thanks.
 
#4

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#6
Martok - you don't need to hide the name of the OP when it's already on the web in a newspaper article.
I though all the stars were a test to weed out non siggys.
Doh.
 
#8
Martok - you don't need to hide the name of the OP when it's already on the web in a newspaper article.

For anyone who might be able to help the original article is here (link).
Yes you are quite right, I realised this as soon as I had pressed the send key.
 
#9
Hats off to the original poster for his intentions and tenacity.

It seems that it was in 2003 that MOD Casualties (Non-War Graves) were seeking to contact the NOK in order to place a headstone on the grave,

MRS PD GALYER
The Army Non War Graves Cell is trying to trace Mrs PD Galyer,
widow of the former Cpl Graham Keith Galyer. Graham died,
aged 35, in July 1981 whilst on the Y List with 11 Sig Regt. They
lived in a married quarter in Wheredale Rd, Catterick Garrison.
Graham’s grave is marked with a simple wooden cross in the
cemetery of his hometown of Scartho, Grimsby, and the Army
Non War Graves Cell hope to provide a more appropriate
headstone. It would be more appropriate if his widow could be
traced and informed about this action. If anyone can help trace
Mrs Galyer, please contact ...... at PS4(Army) Casualty
Cell at Upavon on...[no longer at Upavon-moved to Gloucester]
My understanding is that in the event of a death in service, the lease on the grave, a headstone and maintenance in perpetuity is provided by MOD, unless NOK opt out of a military sponsored funeral-it happens, I knew two guys who died in the same incident and one is a military grave and the other a private one.

Normally, when it is a privately funded funeral, the MOD responsibility ends then and there- so it's slightly out of the norm that MOD would bring up the question of a headstone a decade after the burial. I would think that someone must have raised the matter with them,


I should have though that if MOD were trying to contact Mrs Galyer she would be in receipt of either a death in service widow's pension or preserved pension rights, and her NI number would be easy to get from the relevant dept and thus easy to trace if she were still around in 2003. Seemingly not.

It would be a nice outcome if Mrs Galyor or a relative could end up with the medals and Cpl Galyer be provided with a MOD provided headstone (assuming that one has not since been provided.
 
#10
Bump,

I have bumped this as it is the weekend and hopefully more Arrsers will read it.
 
#12
I have been informed by the OP that he has been contacted by relatives of Cpl Galyer and the medals have now been returned to his family.
 
#15
Hi all my name is amanda galyer and i would like you all to know i have been reunited with my fathers medals, i would lije to send a massive thankyou to the gentleman that found and searched for my family for a long time to return these to me, we had a brief a chat on how they got into his car we belive it was my ******** exhusband, i am now wanting to find out about my dads service with the royal signals as my mother remarried and never spoke about him i know i was born in singapore and we lived in germany for a long time and then was posted to Catterick were my dad past away i was only 7 at the time so i dont rember alot but i think about him everyday if any body could help me find out how to get his service records it would be much appreciated from his ever loveing daughter
 
#16
Good job.

Win Win for an ARRSER and Family.

However I do like the newspaper reporters statement that

"while working on operations for the 11th Signals Regiment"

Must have been a different 11sigs to the one I knew in 1981 :-D
 
#17
Hi all my name is amanda galyer and i would like you all to know i have been reunited with my fathers medals, i would lije to send a massive thankyou to the gentleman that found and searched for my family for a long time to return these to me, we had a brief a chat on how they got into his car we belive it was my ******** exhusband, i am now wanting to find out about my dads service with the royal signals as my mother remarried and never spoke about him i know i was born in singapore and we lived in germany for a long time and then was posted to Catterick were my dad past away i was only 7 at the time so i dont rember alot but i think about him everyday if any body could help me find out how to get his service records it would be much appreciated from his ever loveing daughter
Have a look at this site
Get a copy of military service records - GOV.UK
 
#19
Hi as far as im awere my dad was attached to differnt regiments ive been tould he served with the gurkas, and blackwatch, i was birn in singapore in 74 and then we was pisted to germany Hereford, sennerlarger and biederfeld, then on to caterick, but aparently my dad got a posting to northern Ireland but did not get thier becuz he was poorly i was toukd it was throat cancer but speaking to a family member (his sister) says it had someing to do with the fuel they used on the helicopters, dose anybody no anything about this as my mother refuses to talk about him, or it woukd be even beter to hear from anybody that new him and can rember what he was like xxx
 
#20
Hi as far as im awere my dad was attached to differnt regiments ive been tould he served with the gurkas, and blackwatch, i was birn in singapore in 74 and then we was pisted to germany Hereford, sennerlarger and biederfeld, then on to caterick, but aparently my dad got a posting to northern Ireland but did not get thier becuz he was poorly i was toukd it was throat cancer but speaking to a family member (his sister) says it had someing to do with the fuel they used on the helicopters, dose anybody no anything about this as my mother refuses to talk about him, or it woukd be even beter to hear from anybody that new him and can rember what he was like xxx
Go to this site, you can get his records as his next of kin.
Get a copy of military service records - GOV.UK
 

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