The british first world war victoria cross recipient john vereker, later field marshal viscount gort, was mentioned in despatches nine times, as was the canadian general sir arthur currie. The mention in despatches being sought is an award without a despatch. An outstanding family medal group awarded to 227741 leading seaman robert oconnor royal navy mentioned in despatches and his brother 4606 later 6048 and then 228789 private james oconnor of the 16th the queens lancers. The references below will help you locate soldiers mentioned in despatches. Both chaps are sadly no longer with us, but one of my uncles has got two children still alive whom i have no contact with. I am trying to find details of my wifes grandfather, his name is george vaughan, he was mentioned in despatches in the first world war, i cannot find the gazette reference, the gazette no is 29072, the date is 1721915 and the page no is page 1659, any help would be appreciated. They cover awards granted between about 1909 and 1931. This guide provides a brief overview and list of the main sources in our collection relating to new south wales participation in the boer war. For those mentioned in despatches between the two world wars, or after the cessation of hostilities in the second world war, the emblem was worn on the ribbon of an appropriate general service medal. Soldiers mentioned in dispatches are now available online on. Search records of soldiers awards from the london gazette search this collection the london gazette is one of the official journals of record of the british government, and the most important among such official journals in the united kingdom, in which certain statutory notices are required to be published. Eight officers and 14 men were mentioned in despatches for good work in the relief operations, 2 men being recommended for the distinguished conduct medal. The war between the british and the two dutch south african republics the boer war began on 11 october 1899 when the boers declared war on the british. Oct 24, 2017 during the boer war it became common practice to list the names at the end of a despatch.
Phsvm often trying to find out details which resulted in a mention is a fruitless task. During ww1, reports from commanders in chief were published in the gazette, as the bearer of official war office and ministry of defence events. Tasmanians in the boer war second imperial bushmen. The notice was posted in the london gazette on 17th march 1941.
The mention in despatches is the most junior form of recognition that was. Over 81,000 records of servicemen and women mentioned in dispatches during the first world war have been added to. Murrays official records of the australian contingents to the war in south africa 18991902 melbourne. The memorials pre first world war conflicts nominal rolls boer war information has been compiled using p. British field commanders despatches the long, long trail. This guide provides a brief overview and list of the main sources in our collection relating. The example of the mentioned in despatches letter from the secretary of state for war from world war one reads. The sotq index aims to narrow your search for boer war veterans but do not expect too much from it at this stage it only covers something over half of the 500,000 boer war soldiers and nurses on the british side.
From july 1898 until october 1899 he was stationed in gibraltar before being posted to south africa from october 1899 until june 1902. Ladysmith, magersfontein, spion kop, kimberley and mafeking despatches from the front 1st edition by john grehan, martin mace isbn. Pre 1914 from the crimean war many of the recommendations for awards survive amongst admiralty correspondence. Britain has been at war on many occasions during the last 150 years. During the boer war it became common practice to list the names at the end of a despatch. Search records of soldiers awards from the london gazette. The range of reasons for awarding a mention in despatches was immense. Jun 24, 2010 website chronicles the records of 65,000 soldiers who were killed, wounded, captured or honoured during the boer war. The commandersinchief of each theatre of war infrequently submitted a despatch to the war office, outlining the events since the previous despatch and listing those men who had been nominated as worthy of a mention. Queens south africa medal with cape colony, orange free state clasps named to 4606 pte j. Other military history information is available including the waterloo medal roll 1815. Official records of the australian military contingents to the war in south africa, compiled and edited in 1911 by lieutenantcolonel p. British commanders in chief of a theatre of war or campaign were obliged to report their activities and achievements to the war office in the form of despatches, which were published in the gazette. Nov 05, 2014 the following announcement was written by the folks at.
Soldiers mentioned in dispatches are now available online. He was mentioned in despatches london gazette, 10 september 1901. These also cover details for many mentioned in despatches. I am converting the despatches for other theatres of war into the new site format. The australian general gordon bennett was mentioned in despatches a total of eight times during the first world war, as was field marshal sir john dill. The quality of the original text has meant that some characters have been wrongly converted.
These wars put an end to the two independent republics that they had founded. Sister miss e, smithies was mentioned in a despatch from lieutenant general sir w. For the crimean war those awarded foreign awards for gallantry often have a short citation. If your name appeared in these lists you were said. In the british armed forces, the despatch is published in the london gazette. Website chronicles the records of 65,000 soldiers who were killed, wounded, captured or honoured during the boer war. Soldiers and other personnel australians in world war 1. There were two boer wars, one ran from 16 december 1880 23 march 1881 and the second from 9 october 1899 31 may 1902 both between the british and the settlers of dutch origin called boere, afrikaners or voortrekkers who lived in south africa. Louis was a lieutenant with kitcheners fighting scouts when he was killed in november 1901 at tweefontein groenkop and he was mentioned in despatches by general lord kitchener, for conspicuous gallantry in action. The register is a unique database for genealogists, military historians and medal collectors. He saw active service in the south african war from 1899 to 1902, being present in operations in orange free. British commandersinchief of a theatre of war or campaign were obliged to report their activities and achievements to the war office in the form of despatches, which were published in the gazette. For advice on civilian gallantry awards consult our. Is there any way i can find more about these despatches, and more importantly, would i be eligible to get copies.
British military gallantry medals the national archives. Gunner maurice bennett, 3 troop, received a mention in despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during his successful escape from captivity on 7 july 1944 having been taken prisoner of war at amfreville, normandy, on 27 june 1944 11a. It was and is an honour granted with a symbol usually an oak leaf appended to a campaign ribbon without a specific medal of its own. At that time he would have been ground crew with 32 or briefly in sept 1940 with 79 squadron. I am trying to find out why my late father in law was mentioned in despatches. In 1914 he volunteered for active service as member of the remount unit in egypt. Emblems granted for mentions during the second world war were worn in the centre of the 19391945 war medal.
The mention in despatches is the most junior form of recognition that was announced in the london gazette. Award of a mention ranked below mc or mm and could be for gallantry in action or for a wide range of services on and off the battlefield. British commandersinchief of a theatre of war or campaign were obliged to report their. During the first world war, commanders issued despatches outlining military operations. Until the twentieth century news from the frontline was limited and until the second world war newspapers were the main official source. Mentioned in despatches bernard newman my grandfather was mentioned in despatches in ww1, i have the certificate but was wondering if it is possible to get a look at the actual mention i know its not aviation related apart from the fact that his ww2 french legion du honeur is signed by dassault. Previously a trooper with the tasmanian mounted infantry, archie coombe was transport sergeant with the second tasmanian imperial bushmen.
The despatches were usually published in the london gazette, so a. Official records of the australian contingents etc. Nile expedition 1898 despatches, may and september 1898. British army medal index cards 19141920 the national archives. Staffi wish to place on record the brilliant services of the late brevet major local lieutenant colonel h s. In his list of commendations, dated 30th march 1900, general buller, in referring to lieut. The despatches were usually published in the london gazette, so a mention equated to a public commendation. Before 2004, these mentions were recorded in the service member record, but not recognized with. Details of soldiers performing gallant acts might be mentioned by name in these despatches. Mentioned in despatches bernard newman pprune forums. He served in the anglo boer campaign for a total of three years and was twice mentioned in lord kitcheners despatches. Other theatres of war salonika, palestine, italy, etc this list of despatches available on the long, long trail is work in progress. For the first time online, leading british genealogy research website thegenealogist has released over 81,000 records of records of mentioned in dispatches from the first world war, linked to citations from the london gazette.
Major maberley, rha, acting galloper to major general babington, after rallying 30 or 40 men of different regiments, was severely wounded. Note that the text below has been scanned and converted to a web page. Activities and achievements of the war were detailed, with individuals mentioned in despatches mid. Mentioned in despatches for distinguished services in the successful landing operations in sicily, the messina straits, salerno and normandy 3. It contains 293,209 names, including a completely revised casualty. Available to diamond subscribers of the site, each transcription is accompanied by a scan of the original handwritten record, as well as a link to the official citation as it appeared in the london gazette. Records in the london gazette for soldiers mentioned in despatches, awarded medals, gallantry awards, promotions or special honours with forces war. How to research a mention in despatches the long, long. Second world war burma mention in despatches and territorial long service group awarded to sergeant p. However after the end of world war i, army order 1661919 sanctioned the issuing of certificates to all personnel of the navy, army, and royal air force, and to members of the indian, dominion, colonial and egyptian forces who from time to time had been mentioned in military despatches during this particular war by a commander in the field. Jul 17, 2008 however after the end of world war i, army order 1661919 sanctioned the issuing of certificates to all personnel of the navy, army, and royal air force, and to members of the indian, dominion, colonial and egyptian forces who from time to time had been mentioned in military despatches during this particular war by a commander in the field. Hopefully that could still make your haystack a bit smaller.
The following announcement was written by the folks at. For the boer war 1899 1902 there is extensive correspondence and despatches as well as official recommendations available. Research army records, military service, war records. Example of mentioned in despatches letter from the.
Gazette despatches and victoria cross citations for the first boer war 1880 1881 and the second boer war 18991902 are listed below. Soldiers mentioned in dispatches are now available online for the first time online, leading british genealogy research website thegenealogist has released over 81,000 records of records of mentioned in dispatches from the first world war, linked to citations from the london gazette. I am trying to find out why my late fatherinlaw was mentioned in despatches. Sometimes erroneously called an oak leaf, the mid for service in this period, is worn on the victory medal and consisted of a single broad spray of oak leaves. British army medal index cards 19141920 the national. Soldiers of the queen in the second angloboer war 18991902. If your name appeared in these lists you were said to have been mentioned in despatches. The gallantry award medal index cards are all in wo 37223 or wo 37224. The mid is a special clasp to signify a mention in despatches from the front. My grandfather refused to talk about his experiences in the war but my father says that he was twice mentioned in despatches.
It appears he was mentioned in despatches when he was in south africa and im trying to find out the details of the event that resulted in this. The father in law was in the desert rats during wwii 1st batt royal tank regt and i found his medals the other day and he has the italy star amongst others and it has a mentioned in dispatches oak leaf. Mentions sometimes appear in the operational records war. Gazette despatches and victoria cross citations for the first boer war 18801881 and the second boer war 18991902 are listed below. Pratt, royal electrical and mechanical engineers, territorial army, who saw service during the second world war in india and burma, being mentioned in despatches for gallant and distinguished services in burma in the london gazette for 19th september 1946, and awarded the efficiency medal. All wars and campaigns are covered and include those mentioned in despatches. I intend to search the squadron records but would like to narrow it down a little. It was instituted during world war 1 and continued being awarded for active service right up until 20 aug 1920. Anyone know where i can find the actual citation for a mention in dispatches wwii if such thing exists.
Crucially, the database also contains individuals who. British war medal and victory medal with mentioned in despatches emblem named to 227741 r. A member of the armed forces mentioned in dispatches or despatches, mid is one whose. Hi folks, i only learned last week from my 85 year old mother that both her brothers were mentioned in despatches during ww2. Example of mentioned in despatches letter from the secretary. How to research a mention in despatches the long, long trail. Boer war soldiers records published online uk news. Boer war soldiers records published online uk news the. A soldier mentioned in dispatches or despatches mid is one whose name appears in an official report written by a superior officer and sent to the high command, in which is described the soldiers gallant or meritorious action in the face of the enemy. B dated 7th february 1919 for gallant and distinguished services in the field.
Moreover, many entries just provide initials rather than given names. Colonel cooke, used the words, who commands an admirably trained battalion. Mentioned in dispatches navy net royal navy community. Many were recommended for a dcm or dso but the award was downgraded to an mid. In the twentyfirst century, war comes into our living rooms via news reports on television twentyfour hours a day. Second world war burma mention in despatches and territor. Commandersinchief in the field submitted periodical lists of officers and soldiers who were mentioned in despatches. Because of the date of his embarkation for sa, i assumed he was with 3gg and in the book first or grenadier guards 2nd 3rd battalions in south africa by lloyd and russel, i find one 7231 lcpl. We have no idea what this was for but would like to find out.1265 213 1377 838 401 1032 578 1482 666 1275 1339 69 1316 195 1525 202 741 1236 1181 1271 604 1237 606 120 163 1246 429 630 1661 1329 1450 498 1012 630 907 55 582 1325 312 657 1384 1072 1440