|John Mustell WEBSTER's medals|
The topic for week 1, military medals, is not particularly relevant to my own family, although a few of my direct ancestors' siblings served in WWI or WWII.
I have been told (but I have not confirmed) that my second cousin twice removed, John Mustell ('Jack') WEBSTER (son of Ernest Edward WEBSTER and Alice TEAGUE) was awarded the 1914 star, British war Medal 1914-20, Victory Medal and Military Medal. (This photograph was kindly provided by Nick Aldham and Elaine White.)
Lost Medals Australia, who do a great job of returning medals to family members, sought my help in tracing the next of kin of Terence Edward Downing WEBSTER (a cousin once removed, but a stranger to me). I was able to put them in contact with a descendant of Terence's sister.
Records available on FindMyPast include:
- Distinguished Conduct Medal Citations 1914-1920 (this set of records is very important because it includes full citations, which are not always found in unit histories)
- index of nominal returns of Colonial Forces who made applications for the New Zealand War Medal.
There is a British Army Medals index at http://britisharmymedals.blogspot.com/.
For more research tips, see my other posts in the series '52 Weeks of Genealogical Records':
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