Home Guard gallantry awards?

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by Pat Atkins, Nov 17, 2019.

  1. Pat Atkins

    Pat Atkins Patron Patron

    Quick query - were members of the Home Guard eligible for military gallantry awards such as the MM?

    Cheers, Pat

    Edit: realise I could Google this, but would rather have expert information! Also just dotting in and out of online world at the mo. Thanks for the forbearance, folks.
     
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  2. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    WO 373 Recommendations for Military Honours and Awards 1935 - 1990 in the National Archives apparently contains some entries for Home Guard members which suggests that the answer to your question is yes.
     
  3. Pat Atkins

    Pat Atkins Patron Patron

    Thanks for the helpful and prompt response, Robert-w. I know HG were awarded e.g. BEM (military), which I think is represented in there somewhere. We shall see.

    Cheeers, Pat
     
  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  5. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

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  6. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

  7. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Robert funny enough I am aware of that.Try reading the rest of the post it shows all medals awarded including the Military Medal.
     
  8. Pat Atkins

    Pat Atkins Patron Patron

    Thank you all for the comprehensive responses, I'm very much obliged to you. My father's uncle won the MM in the First War, but a persistent family tradition claims he was MM and Bar- but I have never found any mention of it in the LG, etc. He served in the Home Guard in the Second War and I was wondering if this was an avenue worth pursuing, hence my query.

    Cheers, Pat.
     
  9. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    In WW1 MMs were not reported in the Gazette so that if he won the bar in that war it won't show up there. Worth checking his WW1 medal card but if there are archived back numbers of the local paper they would be very likely to have reported it so worth looking in both wars
     
  10. snailer

    snailer Country Member

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  11. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Rubbish. For example:
    upload_2019-11-17_21-19-22.png

    Tim
     
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  12. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Perhaps I should have put an example covering Bars and Second Bars to the MM.
    upload_2019-11-17_21-29-1.png

    Tim

    Edit: Snailer beat me to it.
     
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  13. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

  14. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    The Military Medal was established in 1916 with retrospective awards from 1914. Obviously there will be no entries in the London Gazette before 1916. However retrospective awards are contained in the lists post the date the medal was established.
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    Example of award retrospective to 1914
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    Tim
     
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  15. Pat Atkins

    Pat Atkins Patron Patron

    As someone with an interest in both World Wars, I thank you again for your input folks - every day is a school day!
     
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