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    Hi, my sons and I are doing home school research into their great great grand father William Rawlings service no. 24443. We have found 3 records about him in ww1. These include a very brief description of the events that earned him the gallantry medal. But it's only half the description, cut off half way through. I would like to find the rest of the description and is there any way to find more in general? Any advice greatly appreciated, Damian M

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    You might find a description in the London Gazette:

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Megan Roberts View Post
    You might find a description in the London Gazette:

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/
    Thank you i'll have a look. Are there any official army records of such things that you know of? I'd like to find out where he served etc, as much as possible really

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    Quote Originally Posted by damianlm View Post
    Thank you i'll have a look. Are there any official army records of such things that you know of? I'd like to find out where he served etc, as much as possible really
    His service record does not appear to have survived. 60 per cent of such records were destroyed during the Blitz in WW2.

    You could check out the National Archives site and see if they his regiments diaries.

    https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/...mental+diaries

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    From his(non-standard) card in the WW1 medal index, he was 24443 Pte W.J. Rawlings of the 10th Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry. I can't find the "normal" card with the standard medals that were issued after the war. Your sons might enjoy reserching the regiment if no other information on Pte Rawlings turns up.

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    The museum at Bodmin Keep has archives devoted to The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry.

    Whilst they do not have soldiers service records, which, in your case, seem not to have survived anyway, they do have battalion war diaries and enlistment records.

    They are not open to visitors at the moment but they will take email enquiries.

    On the website, select 'Research' and scroll down the page to 'Resources'.

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    This entry is on line at ancestry


    Name: William John Rawlings
    Gender: Male
    Rank: Pte D C M
    Record Type: Disability
    Birth Date: 1892
    Residence Place: Carloges Perwithick St. Austell Com
    Military Service Region: South West, England
    Discharge Date: 26 Feb 1919
    Service Number: 24443
    Corps, Regiment or Unit: D. C. L. I.
    Service Branch: Military (Army)
    Title: PRC Ledgers
    Description: Pension Record Ledger
    Reference Number: 8/MR/No.120
    Next of Kin:
    Name Relation to Soldier
    William John Rawlings
    Provided in association with The Western Front Association

    Name: William John Rawling
    Military Year: 1914-1920
    Rank: Private
    Company: WO 329
    Regiment or Corps: Duke of Cornwall´s Light Infantry
    Regiment Number: 24443
    Medal Awarded: British War Medal and Victory Medal

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    You might also be able to access either/or Ancestry and Findmypast (FMP) for free through your local library. Although the libraries are currently closed you should be able to join remotely.

    Don't forget to download any documents you access, and detail any reference/number, dataset heading, etc.

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