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WWI Medals to REY Harris,Dorsets & REY Harris, Hamps / RASC, & Lodge Medal.

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The top two medal are named to REY Harris of the Dorset Regt, the lower pair are to REY Harris of the Hampshire Regt.

The Ceylon lodge medal is to Bro. RE Harris, hallmarked for 1922.

The Medal Index Cards show:

Ralph Edward Young Harris,

1 Dorset R,

Pte, 6722

Victory Roll C/2/101 B6 Page 383

BWM ditto

14 Star RollC/2/5 Page 59

An X is marked next to the entry re. the star, but no further comment other than "See HARRIS R.E.V.

There is an MIC to:

Harris Ralph E.V.,

Dorset R,

Pte, 6722,

with ditto's under the regiment, rank & number.

Victory Roll C/2/101 B6 Page 383

BWM ditto

14 Star RollC/2/5 Page 59

An X with dots between the arms is marked next to the entry re. the Victory Medal.

First entered an unspecified theatre of war on 16/8/14.

Disc 28-4-16 (TEX)

Clasp & Roses IV 3722 cd?21-9-21

Clasp 41682

Correct initials R.E.Y. see X (with dots between the arms)

There's a further MIC to:

Ralph E.Y. Harris,

Hamps R,

Pte 29695

R.A.S.C.

M/353246

Ditto EMT/55675

Victory Roll RASC/101 B193 Page 19811

BWM ditto.

I've never got around to doing any further research than the MICs, so I still don't know what "(TEX)" mean, or what "EMT" in front of a RASC number mean etc - I must check Howard Williamson's book.

It looks like Ralph Edward Young served in 1st Dorset Regt, qualifying for the 1914 Star & Clasp, was discharged in 1916.

He then joined the Hampshire Regt & transferred to the RASC.

He's been issued his 1914 Star trio to the Dorsets & mistakenly issued a further BWM & Victory pair to the Hampshires (as Pte 29695).

By 1922 he's in Ceylon.

That's assuming that we're not talking about 2 different men with the same unusual name or at least initials.

Such a pity the 1914 Star's missing.

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"COLOMBO LODGE 6644 CEYLON"

Enamelled suspension bar & circlet with hand painted porcelain central design?

Edited by leigh kitchen

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Reverse - somebody just could'nt resist scratching the back with a pin to see if it's real silver @~>"<+#!:

PRESENTED TO BROTHER R. E. HARRIS

The suspension is marked SOLID SILVER

Edited by leigh kitchen

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Dear Leigh,

These are the medals issued to my wife's grandfather Ralph Edward Young Harris. The Colombo Lodge medal was issued to him whilst in Ceylon, as Driver/ Bodyguard to Lord Elphingston. We have much family information on him, but, of course, not his medals. 

Best wishes

Michael

 

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Wow!  Twice.  Once for a nice 'double issue', as I suspect that the R.E.Y. twice is very probably the same man and once for the identification by Michael.  

The Colombo lodge medal must be a fairly rare item as well.  

Peter

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