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Understanding a medal card WW1

Postby tenpin263 » Mon Jan 06, 2014 1:08 pm

Any help in translating entries on this medal card would be most welcome.in particular the icon which is drawn after the Lieut Koyli entry
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Re: Understanding a medal card WW1

Postby junkers » Mon Jan 06, 2014 3:13 pm

it says that he was a Lance Corporal (no 36777) in the 16th West Yorkshire Regiment and the "Lieutenant Koyli" actually says that he was a Lieutenant in the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry which has been amended to the Yorkshire Light Infantry. The rest is about awards and that he would not be awarded the 1915 Star Medal as he served in France from 1916 and not 1915.
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Re: Understanding a medal card WW1

Postby tenpin263 » Mon Jan 06, 2014 3:28 pm

Thanks for that Junkers. I was also interested in what the small icon/drawing after the Koyli entry may mean.
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Re: Understanding a medal card WW1

Postby AdrianB38 » Mon Jan 06, 2014 3:44 pm

There are two asterisk icons. They are just the link between the two lines on the card for the KOYLI / Yorkshire Light Infantry (which is the same regiment). In other words, it's linking his service as a Lieutenant to his Medal Roll entries.

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Re: Understanding a medal card WW1

Postby tenpin263 » Mon Jan 06, 2014 3:59 pm

Many thanks Adrian
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Re: Understanding a medal card WW1

Postby brunes08 » Mon Jan 06, 2014 4:47 pm

For what it is worth, my grandfather served in the Koylis. Having obtained his Medal Card and his service records, I was able to follow his service through the 1WW. I also found a book


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Re: Understanding a medal card WW1

Postby brunes08 » Mon Jan 06, 2014 4:51 pm

Apologies - that was sent accidentally. I was about to say that you could look for a book written by a Lt Col that is from the War Diaries of the Koylis. I was able to follow my grandfather's battalion all through the war. With his service records, it opens up a complete picture of his time in France. If I can find the title of the book (somewhere in my mountain of family docs) I'll post it.


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Re: Understanding a medal card WW1

Postby brunes08 » Tue Jan 07, 2014 10:28 pm

Found it. The title of the book is '' The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in the Great War'' by Lt Col R C Bond, pub 1929. I obtained a copy through the library inter-loan service. I believe it is possible to purchase newly printed copies.


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Re: Understanding a medal card WW1

Postby warpo » Wed Jan 08, 2014 7:27 am

May I jump on this topic relating to another issue but relevant to title of topic. I have found a few medal cards for names of my ancestors, but given that there may be one person with the same name, how can one assume the card relates to an ancestor if there is no evidence of residence, wife etc....
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Re: Understanding a medal card WW1

Postby AdrianB38 » Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:25 am

The two classic ways are:

1. If there is a date-entered-theatre that is inconsistent with your relative's story.

2. Find independent evidence of your relative's unit and service number, e.g. from Absent Voters Lists, newspaper reports. ...

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