If you are lucky enough to be the keeper of precious family artifacts, why not take a moment to clarify who they belonged to?
I am easily able to identify my two sets of family military medals (Royal Navy). I have a keen interest in both family history and historical artifacts.
But to save these memories and pass them along to future generations, the information has to be clear.
The miniature medal set belonged to my Grandfather Harry Michael George (1899-1961) who joined the Royal Navy at age 15. He became an ERA (Engine Room Artificer), retiring from the Navy as a Chief ERA 2nd Class. His medal set consists of : WWI – British War Medal, and Victory Medal. Long Service Good Conduct Medal 1933, and WWII – Defence Medal and Second World War Medal.
The full size medals belonged to my father Peter Colin George (1925-2008) the son of H Michael George. He also joined the Royal Navy as a boy. Retiring after his fifth-five as Chief Petty Officer, Engineer, RN Fleet Air Arm. (He worked on planes on air craft carriers). His medals include: Defence Medal (1939-1945), WWII Medal (1939-1945), and Long Service Good Conduct Medal.
Each medal set, is housed in a box and marked with the name of their owner. I chose to buy the boxes in the UK during a trip, to have the Royal Coat of Arms emblem included.
In the past, military tailors such as Gieves & Hawkes, in Queen Street, Portsmouth would provide these boxes. Alas, no longer, the company still specializes in military uniforms, in Savile Row, London, but no store remains in Portsmouth.
I sourced these boxes via… Worcestershire Medal Services.
Take a moment to identify your family artifacts!