was in newcastle recently on business
and between meetings i went for a walk and was passing a pawn brokers and in the window
was about ten medals dating from 1915 up to the mid forties
not much of a milataria buff myself and gave it no further thought till i wandered in here
and saw the walt pages, and wondered why the walts are buying crap replicas on ebay
when the real things are on most english high streets for pocket change
its pretty sad though to think that some old boy or his family thought so little of them
or were that stuck for a few bob that selling them was an option
my aulfellah has a medal that one of his relatives won in the last major european dust up
playing for the other side but would never part with
even if he was starving
Yes it is sad, but a sad fact of life all the same. Also, although you wouldn't sell medals if you were starving, when someone you care desperately about is starving or otherwise in desperate need of the money. Then you would sell them.
Of course there is always the idea that "I know what I did and don't need a bit of tin on a ribbon to prove it" types who would sell their medals (or throw them at politicians) to buy a pint or prove a point.
If I was starving or facing homelessness, I wouldn't think twice about turning to crime against a section of society that allowed the situation to happen.
Didn't a lot of the VC winners at Rourkes Drift sell their medals because they were skint and hungry, on their return?

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