After yesterday's post I became intrigued with one particular medal in my grandfather's collection. All the other medals were theatre service medals of the type awarded to all service men deployed in a particular theatre of operation, whether they were at the pointy end or in the typing pool at HQ; a sort of ' Thanks for all your hard work. Here's a shiny bit of metal and a pretty coloured ribbon for your efforts.' kinda thing.
This one, however, is the Military Medal, awarded 'For Bravery in the Field', As far as I can tell it's on the lower rung of bravery awards underneath the Distinguished Service Order, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Military Cross and the Victoria Cross. Still, you'd have to have done something fairly special to warrant one of these.
On more careful inspection, I discovered there's an engraving around the edge which reads '14599, Pte. S. Bradshaw, Border R.' From which it looks like the recipient was serving in the Border Regiment, which is a British regiment. I've tried to find his citation at the British National Archives, but I found I have to pay to have a look at the record. As I'm not sure I found the right one, I'm loath to go through all that palaver if it's not the right record. I've contacted the Imperial War Museum to see how best to find out Private Bradshaw's citation for bravery, and am waiting with bated breath for an answer. It's quite exciting! I feel like an amateur detective, or archaeologist waiting to dig up the past!