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The selling of Medals - Right or Wrong? Discuss...

#1
Saw this on the ebay thread and I can't help but to pity the guy who needed to do this. Must of had his reasons, obviously financial, but I can't help but to feel what a shame it is for him. My view on medals are that the are earnt, the hard way. They are proof of commitment and sacrifice, not in an idealistic or patriotic manner but in the period of life that the individual had to give up to earn those medals. The things that individual had to endure and see. Let's not kid ourselves, he did some time, Falklands, NI and the First Gulf War.

Has anyone sold their medals, if so what motivated you...I'm not being critical, just trying to understand.ebay
 
#2
no one should have to sell their medals
i understand people that have inherted medals from relatives selling them but i will never sell my grandads or my dads
 
#3
I am sure the said person is very aware of his commitment and sacrifice, and maybe he feels he doesn't need to prove it to himself or others with such material objects.

And don't forget, not everyone is proud of the part they played.
 
#4
quite sad really, but a while back i saw a similar thing on ebay but the blokes medals were even more recent!!! NI,Gulf 1 and 2 balkans.makes you wonder why they get rid of them,eh?
 
#6
Could just be bitterness.
A few years back, something happened in the media which I can't even remember now. But it so incensed me at the time that I wrote a letter to the Telegraph offering my own medals up, as I was so disgusted over whatever the incident was.
Thankfully, the Telegraph must get lots of letter from similar loonies everyday, so they didn't publish it. I know I would certainly have regretted such a rash decision, not least because I am still serving and would have got into a lot of trouble come Remembrance Day.
 
#7
Well, reading the test, the medals are not his. Wonder if they are nicked. If he was in Granby, the original guy must be around still.

The thing that tells me that they are not the original owners medals is the following line;

"UN MEDAL - unmarked - but I suspect it was for service in Cyprus."

Just wondering if anyone around here actually knows 24417362 Millar, or can anyone track him down by his reggy number and let him know his medals are on e-bay and going for £700

Baggy
 
#9
The Lord Flasheart said:
105AVRE said:
quite sad really, but a while back i saw a similar thing on ebay but the blokes medals were even more recent!!! NI,Gulf 1 and 2 balkans.makes you wonder why they get rid of them,eh?

Another collection of gongs, Ebay
4X MEDALS CORK MOUNTED 1X LOOSE ALL ORIGIONAL (RRF)[/qoute]

That should read "Court Mounted"

numpty.

I prefer "swing style" But thats just they way I am
 
#10
Many people sell their medals for varying reasons. In the 1920's many servicemen sold their WWI medals to feed their families through the depression, others as they didn't want to be reminded of the horror and depravity they'd experienced in those turbulent years.

I was so p*ssed off after leaving the army I sold my medals to buy alcohol. It cost me a small fortune to get a set of replicas some 18 or so years later. I now proudly where them on remembrance day, ONLY.

My late father's medals were stolen when my mother moved house. I would think that the majority of medals sold on ebay and in other places are from estates of the "passed on" so to speak, where material reminders such as these are no longer important.
 
#11
I fell on hard times in 98 my medals were the last thing to go.

I got £950 for four court mounted gongs, it was a very low moment but faced with the prospect of no food on the table and bailiffs at the door there really was no alternative.

In the end SSAFS and the RBL waded and bailled me out, and ensured I got a replacement set.

Don't be too quick to judge people who part with them when faced with hard times.

I never understood hard times when in the Army as all my meals were paid for, all my accomodation removed at source. In the big world its very different. Noone really gives a fcuk outside and there enough walts and collecters that will part with good money for a set of shiney tour medals.

Things are very much different now, but in reality if faced with the same scenario again, they would go if it meant feeding the tribe.
 
#12
I lost mine in a house move some years ago. Maybe someone found them and flogged them? I guess there are all sorts of reasons why these things may be sold.
 

Fang_Farrier

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#13
Tartan_Smudger said:
Many people sell their medals for varying reasons. In the 1920's many servicemen sold their WWI medals to feed their families through the depression, .
I believe there was a few memorial days when WW1 veterns worn their pawn ticket instead of their medals to make a point.
 

maninblack

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#16
My great uncle gave his medals to his son to wear when playing soldiers in the 1950s. The only one he kept was his Burma Star as he felt that he had earned that one rather than received it through happenstance.
 
#17
Even "heroes" such as the erstwhile Marine Bill Sparks of Cockleshell hero fame hit the bottom sometimes. He had to sell his DSM, luckily bought back at a slightly later date I think. A sad indictment on out society today and on his/my Corps and Government that could have supported him and indeed us more.
 
#18
You could 'ave mine for 50 odd quid if I didn't still have to handg the on No.2 dress.

All they remind me of is which bunch of ungrateful twats have robbed me of my time that I should have been Frank!
 
#19
Disposing of one's medals is nothing new - as has already been stated. There are myriad reasons. But rather the recipient sold them to make a few bob, than simply throw them away. I know of one ex-RRF bloke who did precisely this - and a fine group he had as well. Had he decided to sell rather than dispose, he would have netted himself well over a grand. When he told me what he'd done - and what with - I felt heartily sick. He will regret it in time probably.

NB: Do not confuse collectors with Walts. Two very different creatures.
 
#20
I don't recall where I heard this, but aren't medals the property of the MoD until you leave? - which is why you can be done for being improperly dressed if caught without.
 

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