Medal Lost in the Post

#1
Lost Medal - Yorkshire Evening Post

She added: "They were quick enough to get us out to Iraq in the first place. We were mobilised in just 10 days. But when we got back there was nothing, not even transport to get me back to Leeds. Someone I know in the Scottish TA says she had her medal presented to her by Princess Anne at a special ceremony. But here in England they're happy to send the medals through the post with all the risks that go with it."
 
#7
Yup, my non-Telic medal* was "lost in the post" and I have been in a one-sided correspondence ever since trying to get a replacement for what I never got in the first place.

Medal Office (old and new) have never acked any of my letters, even after I asked Veterans Agency to help.

No I am not at all annoyed. :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:



a federation would have helped



* interesting concept that, a "non-Telic medal". Only awarded to those who have never been deployed on that operation. Rare award because not so many qualify.
 
#8
Can't resist it:

" "Some of what I faced out there was really scary, especially when we came under fire. I feel at the minute as though I've got nothing to show for it," she said.

"Miss Moore, who left the TA shortly after her return in June 2003 to give birth to her son Alfie..." "

(Not intending to show any disrespect to her military achievements - good on her).
 

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#9
They really are clowns - I can't believe anyone would be stupid enough to post a medal by ordinary post. I think Miss Moore should try and find herself a lawyer (get a nice free sh1t stirrer) and demand her medal - not a replacement - an original.

Yet again a soldier is let down by the CoC: another example of why we need a Federation!
 
#11
putteesinmyhands said:
"Miss Moore, who left the TA shortly after her return in June 2003 to give birth to her son Alfie..."
Hope fully she left the TA quite a while after Telic to give birth, it makes it sound like she deployed while pregnant!!

Disgraceful that the medal office lost her medal and now shes having to chase up a replacement!
 
#12
The medals for the guys in my Coy who did Telic 4 came through two weeks ago. Twenty of them in one jiffy bag. No special delivery or anything. How much would that lot have made on e-bay if they'd gone astray? Thousands!
 
#14
There seems to be a bit of confusion as to what the gripe is here. I understand the complaint that the soldier in question has about her medal going astray - and rightly so.

However, all medals are sent through the post to respective units whether they are Regular or TA. You surely don't expect courier companies to deliver them to the gates of the barracks!!

In respect of soldiers being presented them by their PSAOs, then this is unacceptable. The Bn or Coy should arrange Medals Parades. Ideally it should be the CO or Honorary Colonels, but at the least it should be the Coy Comd. But of note, the TA are very similar to the Regs. I have all my medals sent through the post as I was no longer serving in the Unit that I deployed with – that’s life, not ideal but we get on with it.

My final point is that of there being such a backlog with the issuing of medals – we all know this and there is a very good reason for this. They are seriously understaffed and overstretched. I can now here you all crying that everyone is in the same situation, however, TA soldiers with a bit of time on their hands can help. The Medal Office are requesting volunteers. He’s an extract from an email I received:

They could really do with some manpower to help in their office.
The job is not sexy as it is packing and dispatching of medals. However, it would mean that thousands of soldiers would receive their medals more quickly.
The boss therefore asked me to see if you might have any volunteers. They would be needed for 2-3 weeks and would be accommodated at RAF Innsworth (Glos). As it is an RAF camp there are excellent facilities including a huge gym. I imagine any unemployed soldier would fit the bill. Please let me know if you have any success or need more details.


So, those that want their medals a little quicker and have some time on their hands – here you go. Especially as it’s Bounty time! Speak to your PSAO or PM me.
 
#15
No, the gripe is that the medals were sent by the most insecure postal method available. Considering the market value of the medals, Registered Post would be most sensible.

Sending the medals in bulk to a TAC or other nearby mil establishment would also seem cleverer than sending them individually to private addresses. They could then be signed for to ensure that there are no fraudulent claims of "lost" medals. Benefits everyone.
 
#16
That's great, Pips. Another of our members suggested doing exactly that, some weeks ago: I thought it was a great idea but that the system would never take it up.

WELL DONE THE MEDAL OFFICE, PERSONNEL AGENCY, ETC

If they can get some much-needed help, whatever the exact duties it will in the long run help everyone awaiting medals - Telic, non-Telic, Canal Zone GSM, WW2 and what have you.

I like to think this is very much in the spirit of ARRSE and dare I say it the Federation spirit - helping each other and the Firm.
 
#17
Pips said:
My final point is that of there being such a backlog with the issuing of medals – we all know this and there is a very good reason for this. They are seriously understaffed and overstretched. I can now here you all crying that everyone is in the same situation, however, TA soldiers with a bit of time on their hands can help. The Medal Office are requesting volunteers. He’s an extract from an email I received:

They could really do with some manpower to help in their office.
The job is not sexy as it is packing and dispatching of medals. However, it would mean that thousands of soldiers would receive their medals more quickly.
The boss therefore asked me to see if you might have any volunteers. They would be needed for 2-3 weeks and would be accommodated at RAF Innsworth (Glos). As it is an RAF camp there are excellent facilities including a huge gym. I imagine any unemployed soldier would fit the bill. Please let me know if you have any success or need more details.


So, those that want their medals a little quicker and have some time on their hands – here you go. Especially as it’s Bounty time! Speak to your PSAO or PM me.
Pips, I am staggered by this. Not by the news that the Medal Office is overburdened and understaffed (as well as having to cope with amalgamation and a location move). But by

(a) the fact that the Medal Office has been forced to make such an appeal; and
(b) the fact that the appeal has been so poorly publicised.

Now, I might be living in some sort of 1940s dream world, but I'd imagine there would be (in addition to unemployed ex-soldiers) eager OTC types, rosy-cheeked WI members, whatever, queueing up to help ensure that Our Boys got these hard-earned tokens of national recognition.

I know that relying on charity to sort out what is essentially an MoD funding and admin issue is a lame and would possibly embarrass various politicians - but the education and health sectors rely on this sort of assistance all the time.
 

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#18
Filbert Fox said:
putteesinmyhands said:
"Miss Moore, who left the TA shortly after her return in June 2003 to give birth to her son Alfie..."
Hope fully she left the TA quite a while after Telic to give birth, it makes it sound like she deployed while pregnant!!

Disgraceful that the medal office lost her medal and now shes having to chase up a replacement!
If she was up the duff during Telic, does that make "Alfie" eligible for a medal also? :wink:
 
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