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Old 26-10-20, 04:59 PM
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Having reached 3 score years and ten I thought life had no surprises left, that is until I started to research my family history.

My Grandfather was a orphan and was an "inmate" (as the 1911 census referred to him ) of the Liverpool Blue Coat Hospital in Liverpool City Centre. Years later I went to the Liverpool Blue Coat School ( as it had become ) which was now located at Wavertree, I didnt know about the actual family connection until I started my research.

My Grandfather died when my father was 7 years old and it was at this time that my branch of the family lost contact with my Grandfathers two brothers. Not long ago and out of the blue I was contacted by a distant relative who family descends from one of my Grandfathers brother and I now know a fair bit about this side of the family which previously was a complete blank, if fact I didn't know any relatives even existed outside of my immediate family.

The relevance of this to the Military Badge Forum ?

Well it looks like one relative from this side of the family was in a Scottish Regiment which from photos appears to be the Liverpool Scottish but I have yet to confirm this.

Another relative Anthony Brydon was a 20 year old Irish Guardsman killed in April 1947 and buried in Khayat Beach War Cemetery Israel but making that even more amazing is that my fathers WW2 medal entitlement includes the CSM with bar Palestine 1945-1948.

It really is a very small world,

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Old 26-10-20, 05:02 PM
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PB, It is indeed. Glad you were able to reconnect with some family!

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Thanks Terry,

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Peter,

The truth is often stranger than fiction, did you Father ever claim his medals?

Very interesting Rob
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He did Rob but they were still in their little packets when he gave them to me .

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Peter
Great story and a fabulous display of family medals very impressive,

I have a postcard photo showing my Great uncle and three palls with the 5th North Staffs Stone Staffs company I have his 14-15 Star pocket book and ephemera.

I then met a distant cousin who gave me his fathers tribute plaque WW1 ( from Stone Lotus boot and shoe factory) he the tribute recipient being my Great uncles and Grandads cousin and siting along side each other were the two cousins until he saw the image I had no idea they were related.

These things make our hobby so interesting. And filling in gaps of family history is so satisfying.

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That is a good piece to add to two of your interests, Peter.

It is strange what comes out of the woodwork. Some years ago I asked my father about his medals and he said he had left them in his BD pocket when he exchanged them. I contact what was then the medal office and they said they hadn't been issued. I applied for them on his behalf. He was in Egypt until the end of 1939 but there was no action so he didn't think he was entitled to the Africa Star, which came with the certificate and medals.

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That is a good piece to add to two of your interests, Peter.

It is strange what comes out of the woodwork. Some years ago I asked my father about his medals and he said he had left them in his BD pocket when he exchanged them. I contact what was then the medal office and they said they hadn't been issued. I applied for them on his behalf. He was in Egypt until the end of 1939 but there was no action so he didn't think he was entitled to the Africa Star, which came with the certificate and medals.

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Peter,

I suppose you've got to add an Irish Guards set of badges to the family display.

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