It was possible to be awarded the British War medal without the Victory medal if the recipient served overseas but not in a theatre of war. Men serving in garrisons in India, for instance, would fall into this category. Approximately 6. Most were made of silver; around 10, bronze versions were issued mainly to Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps.
The front of the medal depicts the head of George V. See description of the Allied Victory medal for Radcliffe recipients of both the British war and Victory medals. After the war, it was decided that the allies should each issue their own bronze victory medal with a similar design, wording and identical ribbon. The British Victory medal was designed by W. The front depicts a winged classical figure representing victory. Approximately 5. It could only be awarded in conjunction with the British War Medal. Radcliffe servicemen and the British War and Allied Victory medal.
To date, Radcliffe men have been identified who were awarded the British War and Victory medals. These men include those who also received the and — Stars.
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They are men who served overseas at some point between August and November 11th We have established from service records that a further 24 Radcliffe men were entitled to these medals but recorded confirmation has not yet been found for them. We anticipate that the number of men known to be entitled to the medals will increase slightly as our research progresses. K, were still in training when the war ended or we have not been able to find their service record and assign them to a military unit.
Gallantry awards were given to individuals for conspicuous or gallant act of valour, usually in the face of the enemy. Awards were also available for distinguished and meritorious service. Names had to be put forward for awards. There would have been countless acts of gallantry during the war which went unnoticed and unrecorded; many men deserving of gallantry awards did not receive them. The Distinguished Conduct Medal D. It was a high level award for gallantry in the field in the face of the enemy, second in prestige only to the Victoria Cross of which only were awarded in WWI.
The DCM was a second level decoration awarded to other ranks below officers. Citation: During the period under review he has performed the duties of a No.
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He shows utter disregard of danger, and by his coolness under fire sets an excellent example to his men. Awarded Harry Johnson was born in Radcliffe on Trent in and lived in the village all his life. He died in , age Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations. He has rendered invaluable service throughout and has at all times set a fine example of courage and determination. After the war, Edmund Machin moved from Radcliffe to Retford. On one occasion, when the forward ration dump was being heavily shelled, the ration parties were unable to reach the dump owing to the heavy barrage; he remained with the rations at the dump for several hours until it was possible for the parties to reach the dump and carry away the rations.
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At all times he has carried out his duties in an exemplary manner. After the war, William Williamson returned to his job as a postman in Langley Mill for the next twenty years. He was brought up in Radcliffe on Trent as a child and died in , age Instituted on 28th December the Military Cross M. Citations for the M. By his skilful leadership and fine personal example the position was ultimately captured. Gazette issue Gazette page After the war, Lt. Dexter remained in the army, becoming a Lt. He lost and arm as a result of his war service. He lived at Radcliffe Hall, Radcliffe on Trent, for many years.
This officer was acting as liaison officer with the artillery, but in addition to this duty he took a prominent part in guiding and assisting the troops he was with throughout nine hours of shell fire, sharing their risks and inspiring them by his courage and coolness. Date awarded His son wrote in his biography that he never fully recovered from his war wounds. The latter operation was one of great risk and difficulty and he showed great coolness and determination.
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He never lived in Radcliffe on Trent but his father, who was born and brought up in the village, donated Rockley Memorial Park to the people of Radcliffe on Trent in honour of his son and the local men who died as a result of the Great War. The Military Medal M. It was awarded for acts of gallantry and devotion to duty under fire to the following servicemen from Radcliffe on Trent. The citation in the London Gazette for the M. Before the war, Wilfred Madeley was in the regular army serving in India. He then became an asylum attendant at the Nottingham County Asylum Saxondale.
Henry Tyler was also an attendant there but with no previous service experience. Joe Gore worked in the local fish shop. Mentioned in Despatches is a commendation for an act of gallantry or service. During the war, those awarded M. Ds received a certificate. The despatch was published in the London Gazette.
Seven Radcliffe men were mentioned in despatches, three of whom received other gallantry awards: Lt. Colonel Charles Wilfred Birkin , C. Chaplain to the Armed Forces, was mentioned twice Lt. Major Edward Selby later Lt. Colonel , Royal Army Medical Corps was mentioned three times.
He was later awarded an O. A Radcliffe man, Charles Frederick Paine , serving with the 24th Australian Infantry Battalion, was recommended for a mention in despatches. The conduct of these soldiers has been a valuable object lesson to those who might otherwise have held the terrain too dangerous and intense to cross. The Meritorious Service Medal was awarded for long and meritorious service.
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The award was extended from to include recognition of valuable service rendered with the armies in France and Flanders. Names of recipients were published in the London Gazette. Claude Clark moved at some point to Sutton Coldfield. Charles Vickerstaff, whose three brothers also served in the war and survived, moved to Surrey in the early s. Ambulance drivers and stretcher bearers who had undertaken at least hours of service were also eligible. The C. Originally awarded to those holding high offices in the British Empire, it was extended to include those of high office who render important non-military service in relation to foreign and Commonwealth affairs.
The countryside undulated with both high and low crests. The whole was made up of small fields and copses, bounded by narrow lanes, on top of which were thick hedges, so emphasizing a tunnel-like effect, especially in cloudy weather. There they discovered the remains of a number of Canadian servicemen who had been summarily executed by the SS after their capture immediately following D-Day. Meyer was released from prison on September 7, Indeed, several serving Irish army soldiers who joined the British army had been labelled by the Irish State as deserters.
It was only in June that they were granted an official pardon by then Minister for Defence, Alan Shatter. The Allied nations landed more than , troops on five beaches on D-Day in the biggest seaborne invasion in military history. Spread across an 80km stretch of coastline in Normandy, the five beaches were known by their codenames. The 3rd Division established a solid bridgehead and almost reached Caen, but the town was not to fall to the Allies until mid-July.
By the end of the day, some 29, men had landed at Sword and there were around casualties. Nearly 25, men from the British 50th Division landed on Gold beach — at the centre of the landing zones — on D-Day. The aim was to capture the inland town of Bayeux and the Caen-Bayeux road, and to link up with the Americans at Omaha.
But there were difficult obstacles to overcome, including German resistance and high winds causing the tide to rise more quickly than expected. Although they did not link with the US soldiers in the west, the British troops did join soldiers from the Canadian 3rd Division who had landed on Juno beach in the east.
By the end of the day, men were killed or wounded on the beach, and 89 landing crafts were destroyed. The aim was for Canadian troops to secure the beach and join up with British forces on Gold to the west and Sword to the east. Choppy seas hampered the landings but the troops were able to forge a bridgehead and liaise with the British 50th Division. Despite making the deepest penetration of any land forces on June 6, the Canadians eventually had to withdraw from their position 5km from Caen.
Juno was heavily defended and casualty figures were high among the total of 21, men who landed there on D-Day. Casualty figures on Omaha were higher than on any other beach, with more than 2, Americans killed or wounded. The first wave of landings by the 1st and 29th American Infantry Divisions was at 6.
Initial Allied air and naval bombardments failed to knock out the Germans, whose heavy guns had survived the attacks by being withdrawn and sited further to the rear. Amid difficult terrain and with the whole beach overlooked by cliffs, some doubted whether Omaha should have been chosen.
The Allies also did not know that the experienced German nd Infantry Division was taking part in an anti-invasion training mission in the area and was able to reinforce coastal defence units. Courtesy of his son Philip Ness. German machine gun fire tore into the American troops, and at one point Colonel George A.
Despite the challenges, the Americans showed incredible bravery to rally and drive the Germans inland, and they were able to gain a small foothold on the beach by the end of the day. The Steven Spielberg-directed war film Saving Private Ryan brought the horrors of war on Omaha beach to a new generation when it was released in The American 4th Infantry Division did not suffer the same grievous losses at Utah as their colleagues had endured at Omaha.
Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. In Part One Powdrill describes his experiences in France during the Phoney War and then their baptism by fire in May , culminating in the evacuation from Dunkirk having left their disabled guns behind. Ernest was wounded but many of his colleagues were killed by ferocious German counter-battery fire.