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Need help with some medal cards

#1
I've got downloads from the national archives of my great grandad and great uncle's medal cards from WW1.

If I emailed them to somebody could you translate them please? I understand the sections as in BRITISH / VICTORY etc but the writing afterwards means nothing to me. I'm hopeful that someone is knowledgeable about this sort of thing.

Cheers
 
#2
supermatelot said:
I've got downloads from the national archives of my great grandad and great uncle's medal cards from WW1.

If I emailed them to somebody could you translate them please? I understand the sections as in BRITISH / VICTORY etc but the writing afterwards means nothing to me. I'm hopeful that someone is knowledgeable about this sort of thing.

Cheers
Try Gremlin, he's much cleverer than me.
 
#7
Natch on that Sluggy, they're a nightmare to read as far as I am concerned.

There are some on here who can read them like Braille though, so you should get a decent response in the morning!

However from what little that I do know, I would say that these are Service Record Cards, as opposed to 'Medal Cards'.

Name and Initials in the two boxes top left. Corps/Arm, Ranks Achieved and Service No top right.
Victory/British/Star Ribbons and details bottom left inc entry ref in Regt'l Roll plus page number, then date and theatre of first service below that.

Remarks will often hold either demob date, Date of Death or date of injury/incapacitation.


The cards are fairly basic, and often illegible from the pdf files/scans available.

Standby for a better explanation hopefully.


On that note it might be useful if someone in the know could scribble up a quick guide to reading them (inc graphics) which could be made into a sticky. Or post a link to on that is already on the net?
 
#11
Cheers Gremlin,

It's the handwriting thats ineligible (to me) but I figure if you know what sort of thing to expect you know the general gist of it. i'm new to this genealogy stuff..found out something for my uncle as a favour a bit ago..got hooked and..guess you know the rest...
 
#12
#15
They're from nationl archives (online0. Only cost 2 quid each and I also got some other poor bugger's cards bundled in as well. Thought I'd been seen off at first til I scrolled around.
 
#17
captaincalamity said:
The download thing may not help if legibilty is the issue - any chance of asking for some decent copies?

The legibility is a handwriting issue in most cases vis-a-vis:

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And I think that these are the only electronic records of the cards available.
IIRC the originals can be viewed at Kew, but you may have to prebook the visit.
 
#18
These are presumably medal index cards from WW I or thereabouts. You can find out how to read them by going to the British Medals Forum. They have posted on their site a primer on how to read and interpret the markings on a medal card. If you still need more information they have numerous collectors who frequent the site that will be able to assist you. Good luck on your family research.

British Medal Forum
 
#19
Ruckerwocman said:
These are presumably medal index cards from WW I or thereabouts. You can find out how to read them by going to the British Medals Forum. They have posted on their site a primer on how to read and interpret the markings on a medal card. If you still need more information they have numerous collectors who frequent the site that will be able to assist you. Good luck on your family research.

British Medal Forum
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