18210 Lance Corporal George Field, 2nd Suffolks (WW1) M M

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  1. Clive Knowles

    Clive Knowles New Member

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    Hi I have been asked by this man's Daughter and Son-in-law to try to find out for what reason Lance Corporal George Field (service number 18210) was awarded the Military Medal during the First World War.
    It is rumoured that it may be something to do with helping an officer at Ypres.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    He was born in 1890 and served in the 2nd Suffolk Regiment.
    Son of George & Mary Ann Field (née Gurney). Husband of Barbara Field.

    He lived at 13 Thurston Road, Lowestoft
    His occupation was a sawyer / woodcutting machinst / wooden box maker & sawyer's labourer (he worked for Jewson Builders Merchants in Lowesoft)
    Died Q3 1973, Registration District: Lothingland, Suffolk

    British Army Service Record (1915):
    First name(s)
    George
    Last name
    Field
    Age
    24
    Birth year
    1890
    Service number
    18210
    Regiment
    Suffolk Regiment
    Unit / Battalion
    1/1th, 2nd, 3rd, 7th Battalion
    Year
    1915
    Residence town
    Lowestoft
    Residence county
    Suffolk
    Residence country
    England
    Series
    WO 363
    Series description
    Wo 363 - First World War Service Records 'Burnt Documents'
    Archive
    The National Archives
    Record set
    British Army Service Records
    Category
    Military, armed forces & conflict
    Subcategory
    First World War
    Collections from
    Great Britain, UK None

     
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  2. Ma-dotcom

    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    I've been looking through the Gazette, it mentions some but not why the award was given. Too many for me to search more I'm afraid.
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    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/awards-and-accreditation/ww1?results-page-size=10&start-publish-date=1914-08-01&text=George+Field-+military+medal&end-publish-date=1921-01-01
    His local paper may have an account of his receiving the Medal & the reason.
     
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    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    I've had a quick look on FMP Papers but not found anything, there are others much better at this than me. ;)

    This is all I can find on Ancestry :-
    Name: George Field
    Military Year: 1914-1920
    Rank: Lance Corporal
    Medal Awarded: British War Medal and Victory Medal
    Regiment or Corps: Suffolk Regiment
    Regimental Number: 18210
    Previous Units: 7th Suff R. 18210 Pte, 2nd Suff R. 18210, 11th Suff R. 18210
     
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    Jellylegs Well-Known Member

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    I found something on FMP for it. Only info it gives is the date it was gazetted - 16 August 1917

    Looks like it was for something in France.

    Have you had a look at the war diaries for the Suffolk Regiment?
     
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    Jellylegs Well-Known Member

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    I think he is just listed in the Gazette as having been awarded the medal. I couldn't see anything else.

    The only ones that give information as to why the soldier received an award that I can see, are for those that were awarded either the Distinguished Service Order; the Military Cross or the Distinguished Conduct Medal.
     
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    AnnB Editor in Chief who is Hot off the Press!

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    I couldn’t find a newspaper report :(
     
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    Jellylegs Well-Known Member

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    Well if our newspaper expert can't find a report ................ :(
     
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    Sis Rootles out resources!

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    You might find a clue here as to where to find something.

    If you know of an individual who received a British military medal or award for an act of bravery, gallantry or for meritorious service between 1854 and c1990 and you want to find out whether a record of the award and why it was awarded exist, this guide will be of use. Among the numerous medals and awards covered by the guide are the:

    • Victoria Cross (VC)
    • Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
    • Military Cross (MC)
    • Military Medal (MM)
    • Mention in Dispatches (MiD)
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    https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/british-military-gallantry-medals/
     
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    I was also going to suggest the national archives, you might be able to find the battalion diary that could shed some light.
     

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