Smarties medals

PaulinBont

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As one of the Cold War warriors I never earned any medals due to a lack of operational tours ( Op Banner was winding down and we had to keep Ivan on his toes during Op Corporate).

After I left I picked up three unearned ( to my mind) bits of tin: two from Liz by way of her celebrating being on the throne and a LSGC from my time in the Fire Service ( Long Service -didn't get caught medal).

I never earned them, so they meant nothing, stuck them on eBay but whenever I see the civilian services in town or on TV, everyone is ribboned up a la Kenny Everett , be they FS, Ambulance, Coastguard , Police et al.

The public might gape in starstruck awe at all the tin on show whilst I 'm slightly cynical.

Grumpy old fecker or anyone agree? Over to you:
 
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Auld-Yin

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Let's see, what are the options?
grumpy old fūcker
or
grumpy old fücker

I think I will go with
grumpy old fûcker
 
As one of the Cold War warriors I never earned any medals due to a lack of operational tours ( Op Banner was winding down and we had to keep Ivan on his toes during Op Corporate).

After I left I picked up three unearned ( to my mind) bits of tin: two from Liz by way of her celebrating being on the throne and a LSGC from my time in the Fire Service ( Long Service , didn't get caught medal).

I never earned them, so they meant nothing, stuck them on eBay but whenever I see the civilian services in town or on TV, everyone is ribboned up a la Kenny Everett , be they FS, Ambulance, Coastguard , Police et al.

The public might gape in starstruck awe at all the tin on show whilst I 'm slightly cynical.

Grumpy old fecker or anyone agree? Over to you:
As far as 'earning' medals, your perception is everything, so your attitude to medal-wearers is up to you too. The sovereign who you served chose to recognize your time in service with 2 gongs, and your LS&GC shows that you did time and weren't silly enough to get dropped in the dwang. If you chose to buy some bevvies with the savings from not having your medals mounted, and then got some more by flogging them on eBay, that's up to you too.

However, I tend to agree with Auld-Yin over the question you've asked.
 
As one of the Cold War warriors I never earned any medals due to a lack of operational tours ( Op Banner was winding down and we had to keep Ivan on his toes during Op Corporate).

After I left I picked up three unearned ( to my mind) bits of tin: two from Liz by way of her celebrating being on the throne and a LSGC from my time in the Fire Service ( Long Service , didn't get caught medal).

I never earned them, so they meant nothing, stuck them on eBay but whenever I see the civilian services in town or on TV, everyone is ribboned up a la Kenny Everett , be they FS, Ambulance, Coastguard , Police et al.

The public might gape in starstruck awe at all the tin on show whilst I 'm slightly cynical.

Grumpy old fecker or anyone agree? Over to you:
mine are in the bottom of the locker, but i get your point
 

Daxx

MIA
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You sold your medals. You're an idiot. That's all.
 
You were given those medals for service to the crown etc.

You could always go and look at AWARD MEDALS catalogue if you're feeling gong deficient.
 

PaulinBont

Clanker
Old STAB,

Not in the least, if I'd earned them, I'd value them. We had a guy on the station who earned the DCM in NI; he used to smile at bods ribboned up because they were in the job when Liz happened to have had a significant birthday too.
 
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I know someone who has more bling than Speakman VC, 12 in fact, but convention dictates that he can’t tell you where they are from.

He has no qualms about black nastying them to his chest (and arm).
 
I have two deployment medals from my time in the Army, these days I haven't a clue where they are though I'm sure they're in the house somewhere.
 
Got one for showing up on the border (read dragged there kicking and screaming and calling for mummy) and avoiding getting shot. It arrived in the post a few months after I left.

I'm with the OP on this one.
 

Joshua Slocum

LE
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my grandfather was in at the start of the first cock up and stayed a few years after it finished
oddly he had more pride in the medals from the electrical trades union that he was awarded for long service and not burning anything down
he only put his medals on at the last minute before they marched up past the cenotaph then off they came lest they interfere with his Guinness drinking
 

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Handlebarbleep

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I wouldn't say you were an idiot for selling your medals, that's you perogative, but you probably were for using Ebay! What did you get? My Lad's a collector, and you tend to get a better price privately or through a specialist, even with the auction fees. The addition of some "ephemera" as they call it, service book, cap badge, TRF, NAAFI cafe loyalty card, photos etc can significantly add to the value, sometimes even doubling it.

You might not think much of your 'tin', or even the service that brought them. You don't have to be a hero to be of interest to an enthusiast though. Remember, we didn't choose the conflicts (or not) for our periods of service, and most of us had little say in whether we or our unit went or got left behind. Even if we went, it's not our fault if we had a quiet tour, or if we always showed up after the shooting stopped. We play the hand that fate deals us.

When you and I are long gone, and Her Madge is just a distant memory, your medals and your story will still be of great value to someone. Even more so when they can look your service record up on Ancestry and access the Cambridge Analytica historical archive. Plenty of people collect Victorian LSGCs and Jubilee Medals of soldiers who never got further than The Shot or Catterick for example.

Hopefully, my kids will frame mine alongside both their Grandfather's and Great Grandfather's. It might help remind them what runs through their veins and the tradition of service it contains. If that makes them put an extra quid in the poppy tin, or stand a bit straighter when the National Anthem is played, I don't think it is a bad thing.
 
As one of the Cold War warriors I never earned any medals due to a lack of operational tours ( Op Banner was winding down and we had to keep Ivan on his toes during Op Corporate).

After I left I picked up three unearned ( to my mind) bits of tin: two from Liz by way of her celebrating being on the throne and a LSGC from my time in the Fire Service ( Long Service , didn't get caught medal).

I never earned them, so they meant nothing, stuck them on eBay but whenever I see the civilian services in town or on TV, everyone is ribboned up a la Kenny Everett , be they FS, Ambulance, Coastguard , Police et al.

The public might gape in starstruck awe at all the tin on show whilst I 'm slightly cynical.

Grumpy old fecker or anyone agree? Over to you:

one or two of us went on tours as well as getting the 'free' medals

not everyone on this esteemed site, some had to (pretend) to steal medals and most didn't even serve (except in the 'would you like fries with that' way)

cheer up, it could be worse*.




*dunno how, but I'm sure it could be worse.
 

AlienFTM

MIA
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one or two of us went on tours as well as getting the 'free' medals

not everyone on this esteemed site, some had to (pretend) to steal medals and most didn't even serve (except in the 'would you like fries with that' way)

cheer up, it could be worse*.




*dunno how, but I'm sure it could be worse.
They said, "Smile, things could be worse."

So I did smile, and things were worse.
 
I wouldn't say you were an idiot for selling your medals, that's you perogative, but you probably were for using Ebay! What did you get? My Lad's a collector, and you tend to get a better price privately or through a specialist, even with the auction fees. The addition of some "ephemera" as they call it, service book, cap badge, TRF, NAAFI cafe loyalty card, photos etc can significantly add to the value, sometimes even doubling it.

You might not think much of your 'tin', or even the service that brought them. You don't have to be a hero to be of interest to an enthusiast though. Remember, we didn't choose the conflicts (or not) for our periods of service, and most of us had little say in whether we or our unit went or got left behind. Even if we went, it's not our fault if we had a quiet tour, or if we always showed up after the shooting stopped. We play the hand that fate deals us.

When you and I are long gone, and Her Madge is just a distant memory, your medals and your story will still be of great value to someone. Even more so when they can look your service record up on Ancestry and access the Cambridge Analytica historical archive. Plenty of people collect Victorian LSGCs and Jubilee Medals of soldiers who never got further than The Shot or Catterick for example.

Hopefully, my kids will frame mine alongside both their Grandfather's and Great Grandfather's. It might help remind them what runs through their veins and the tradition of service it contains. If that makes them put an extra quid in the poppy tin, or stand a bit straighter when the National Anthem is played, I don't think it is a bad thing.

I understand your point of view but my kids don't know I've even got one, neither does ex- number 2; if the medals truly meant something then how come they count for nothing materially from society/govt? Do they get you a bus/train/taxi pass? An earlier state pension? Better health care? You even have to pay for their mounting yourself, that's how much they really mean to the state that awards them -- truly, just smarties for the eyes.

Campaign medals and their ilk are just baubles, imo, few really and rarely see hazardous service.

If society really gave one then they really would reward service with tangible benefits, at the very least HM-fecking-tight-tw@t-G would pay for them to dangle.

My thoughts so shoot me for them.
 
I know someone who has more bling than Speakman VC, 12 in fact, but convention dictates that he can’t tell you where they are from.

He has no qualms about black nastying them to his chest (and arm).
IIRC, our Regi 2IC has 11 - he's ex-SASC... o_O
 
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