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Old 05-03-21, 01:42 PM
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I'm researching a prisoner-of-war but i'm getting nowhere and taught that someone out there is more successful than i am. I probably have his sons medals (since i collect medals too) and therefore trying to join the dots. I've tried using Comite International Geneve web-site; https://grandeguerre.icrc.org but again no luck.

Would appreciate if anyone could guide me as to where I could search further, or any other help that may be.

Name; Spiridione Rapinett (Fireman). Ship torpedoed sometime around end September early October as he was reported as POW on 8th October 1917 in Brandenburg Germany. He was picked up at sea by a German ship and imprisoned with a fellow seaman.

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A search on interweb may turn up some info eg hes mentioned here, as a Stoker (this could be where you found the info you have?):
https://www.google.com/amp/s/timesof...917.658774.amp
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Old 05-03-21, 03:23 PM
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A search on interweb may turn up some info eg hes mentioned here, as a Stoker (this could be where you found the info you have?):
https://www.google.com/amp/s/timesof...917.658774.amp
That's right Leigh!

The medals of the man I have, Francis served in the Royal Malta Artillery in WWII and his father's name was Spiridione and his grand-father was also Francis. Spiridione's 1930 passport confirms all this. It also states that he was a Fireman. So the dots do join up! My question is, is Spiridione named in the article the same person? If so where could I obtain more details about his imprisonment?

Been scratching my head over this for so long and so I'm going bald!!

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That's right Leigh!

The medals of the man I have, Francis served in the Royal Malta Artillery
Slight correction, Francis initially enlisted in the KOMR before transferring to the Royal Navy then to the RMA where he ended his military career.

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Possibly ........

First Name:
Spiro
Surname:
Rapinett
Incident Date:
1918
Rank:
Fireman
Service Number:
F719
Naval War Medal Roll:
1914-1920 Volume 50
Service:
Maltese Royal Naval Reserve
Primary Unit:
Maltese Royal Naval Reserve
Archive Reference:
ADM171-133
Collection:
Royal Navy Medal Rolls 1793-1955
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Do these details fit with those of Frank of the RMA, the service number if his medals have it?


First Name:
F
Surname:
Rapinett
Incident Date:
15/11/1960
Information:
Authority; Army Order 63/61. Date of Qualification: 15/11/1960.
Further Information:
List No. 52.
Rank:
Gunner
Service Number:
11923
Service:
British Army
Primary Unit:
Royal Malta Artillery
Archive Reference:
WO102_29
Collection:
Army Long Service & Good Conduct awards 1831-1979
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The Great War Forum may be able to assist by pointing you in the right direction.
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Old 05-03-21, 05:03 PM
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Leigh that's the man! Francis initially attested with the King's Own Malta Regiment (#42501), then Royal Navy (#E/LX 667258) ending with the Royal Malta Artillery (#11923).

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