First World War Medal Index Cards:
|If you have ever downloaded a medal index card entry
from the National Archives website you will know that as well as the
medal index card you are looking for you also download five others,
which although they are sometimes of interest they are of no relevance
to the soldier you are searching for. Rather than having the other
'five' medal cards languishing on my hard drive I decided that visitors
to the website might find them interesting and perhaps might even
find the medal index card of a soldier they have been looking for - I
certainly have had difficulties myself.
Some of these cards are difficult to read - if you find that one of these cards are for your relative and you can decipher the information on the card please let me know. I have tried to add as much information as I can glean from each card in the hope that it will be picked up by at least one of the Internet search engines.
|BARNES A J. Only qualified for the 1915 Star and discharged on the 25th August 1916. No reason given for discharge - although this is following the Battle of the Somme, but no Silver War Badge awarded so does not appear to have been wounded. Served in the 17th Battalion, regiment unknown. Part of Kitcheners Army.
|BARNES A J. Rifle Brigade. Enlisted 11th September 1914 and discharged on the 17th May 1916 under Kings Regulations - no longer physically fit for war service, most likely wounded. Was awarded the Silver War Badge.
|BARNES Albert J. Royal Garrison Artillery. Gunner 100487. Would have enlisted in 1916, so only entitled to British War Medal and Victory Medal. No theatre entry on card indicates service in France.
|BARNES Albert J. 32nd Bde Royal Field Artillery. Rank of Sergeant with the service number 41034. One of the British Expeditionary Force and under fire - he has the 1914 Star with Clasp and Roses (for the medal ribbon bar). Would also appear to have won the Military Medal.
|BARNES ARTHUR. Duke of Cornwalls Light Infanty as Private 5386 and Royal Dublin Fusiliers as Private 24189. Served in France from 4th December 1914, so only qualifies for the 1915 Star, not the 1914 Star.
|BARNES CYRIL G SEDLY. Captain. Served in Egypt from March 1916. Looks to be a member of the Territorial Force and awarded the Territorial Force Medal. Only 34,000 were issued, so medal groups featuring the Territorial Force Medal are rare. The 1914 Star and Territorial Force Medal are never seen together.
|BARNES CHARLES G. Private 320576. Served in France from late 1916 (six digit service number) or possibly from 1917. Is this the Norfolk Regiment?
|BARNES CHARLES G. Private 2021. Monmouth Regiment. Served in France from early 1916, (four digit service number) therefore only entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. Absence of 'Theatre of War' entry denotes service on the Western Front.
|BARNES CYRIL G. A/Cpl 4500. Acting Corporal Barnes must have enlisted in early 1916 (four digit service number) and served on the Western Front. Most servicemen that qualified for the British War Medal would have qualified for the Victory Medal (6,000,000 were issued).
|BARNES ERNEST. Private 20380. West Riding Regiment. Awarded the Silver War Badge so invalided out of the Army under Kings Regulations. The Silver War Badge roll would provide more information.
|BARNES ERNEST. Private 268883. Most likely enlisted late 1916 or from 1917 onwards due to the six digit service number (introduced late 1916, early 1917).
|BARNES ERNEST. Private 36074. East Lancashire Regiment. Served on the Western Front.
|BARNES ERNEST. A/Cpl 1253. Royal Sussex Regiment. Served in France from 1916 onwards.
|BARNES CHARLES GEORGE WILLIAM WALTER. Royal Field Artillery, 886 Battery. Enlisted 14th May 1917, discharged 16th May 1919 under Kings Regulations, no longer physically fit for war service. Awarded the Silver War Badge.
|BARNES REGINALD H A. Private 20127 Devonshire Regiment. Served Egypt 9th October 1915, this must be in the 2nd Battalion. Later service with the Wiltshire Regiment (?).
|BARNES ROBERT HENRY. Royal Engineers. Sapper 141751.
|BARNES RICHARD HENRY. Lancashire Fusiliers, Captain. Awarded the Silver War Badge, so most likely invalided out of the Army. Served in France from May 1916. I would be interested to know more about Captain R. H. Barnes.
|BARNES ROBERT H. Private 60301. Royal Fusiliers and then later in the Labour Corp. I think Robert may have been wounded, not so serious that he would be invalided out of the Army, but enough to make him unsuitable for duties on the front line, hence being transferred to the Labour Corp.
|BARNES ROBERT HOWARTH. Private 34959. Royal Fusiliers. Awarded the Silver War Badge. His medals look to be have reissued. Served on the Western Front.
|BARNES WILLIAM E/ Private 266592. Royal West Kents and later the Labour Corp. I believe this means he was wounded and rendered unfit for front line service and so transferred to the Labour Corp.
|BARNES WILLIAM E. Private 277107. Awarded the Silver War Badge. Served in France from late 1916 or from 1917 onwards.
|BARNES WILLIAM E. Private 37950. Welsh Regiment. Served on the Western Front.
|BARNES WILLIAM E. Private 9217. Royal Sussex. Must have enlisted in early 1916 (four digit service number) and then later in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers (?).
|BARNES WILLIAM E. Private 13077. Kings Royal Rifle Corps. Served on the Western Front.
|LEACH WILLIAM. Private 33278. Liverpool Regiment and then in the Royal Defence Corps - the WW1 equivalent to the Home Guard in the Second War World. William was either wounded and transferred into the R.D.C. or an old soldier, now unfit or too old for front line service. I wonder if this William Leech is related to Private 332831, LEECH WILLIAM also of the Liverpool Regiment. Father and son?
|LEACH WILLIAM. Private 332831. Liverpool Regiment. Any relation to Private 33278 William Leech also of the Liverpool Regiment?
|LEACH WILLIAM. Private 58376. Liverpool Regiment. Another Private William Leech in the Liverpool regiment.
|LEACH WILLIAM. Private 58395. Liverpool Regiment and Private 132661 Royal Army Medical Corps. Yet another Private William Leech. Might some of the four be related to each other?
|LEACH WILLIAM. Private 7471. Served overseas from 22nd August 1914 and has the 1914 Star. The 1st Battalion served in France from the 21st August 1914. The 2nd Battalion was in Egypt in the August of 1914, returning to England in the October. The 2nd Battalion did not arrive in France until the 6th November 1914. The 3rd Battalion remained in the UK. William Leech was therefore in the 1st Battalion and part of the British Expeditionary Force and missed getting the Clasp and Rose for his 1914 Star by 17 days.