dante

His war started before he joined up

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To continue the espionage theme, here is a single british war medal..........Lt Walter Reginald Ames, Royal Fusiliers and Intelligence Corps; Born 1890, his father was John Carlovitz Ames a renowned composer and whose mother was Clara Henriette Marie, Gräfin von Pölzig.

Clara married the British ship-owner George Acland Ames on 13 July 1854.
Clara and Ames separated in July 1869, and Clara returned to Pölzig. She lived as a "the young countess" in the Schloss and died 10 years later in Beiersdorf.

The Ames family in England inherited the Schloss on the death in of 1884.


Walter went to school at Clifton collage and then went to work on the family estate near Korschen in
East Prussia until the Germans attacked Russia in 1914 and the subsequent Russian invasion (see the press clipping;

He is noted as being an Interpreter before being gazetted on the 10 December 1914 as a 2nd
Lt and noted as serving in the 10th (Intelligence) Bn, Royal Fusiliers;

http://archive.org/stream/RoyalFusiliersIntelligenceCorps1914-18/TheRoyalFusiliersAndTheIntelligenceCorps_djvu.txt


No mention of his war service other than him not being able to be posted to the Mediterranean and him returning to be discharged on medical grounds in 1917, noting his service being with the 5th Bn Royal Fusiliers from the 13th Bn although on his “Return” certificate he is noted as being in the Intelligence Corps (confirmed on his MIC).

He clearly did not deploy to France until 1916 and was awarded the British war and Victory medal for his service, He is noted being discharged as having having Osteo-arthritis and was awarded the silver war/wound badge. His medals were sent in 1923 to an address in Luxemburg


His medical condition seems to have not stopped him working as he is noted on his marriage licence in 1923 as being a “Courier, Foreign Office”

In 1941 it is noted that he was living in Wiesbaden near Frankfurt Am Main, Hessen (Hesse)

No other information is currently available.

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Marvellous what information on at first what seems to be a relitavely humble Brtish War Medal. a superb acquisition be interesting if one could find out his career post FO courier (I doubt if he would h ave been in Germany in 1941 and still in the post. Fascinating).

Paul

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On 1/24/2013 at 05:19, paul wood said:

Marvellous what information on at first what seems to be a relitavely humble Brtish War Medal. a superb acquisition be interesting if one could find out his career post FO courier (I doubt if he would h ave been in Germany in 1941 and still in the post. Fascinating).

 

Paul

Paul, I have come across this http://archiv.sachsen.de/archiv/bestand.jsp?guid=9c0bc0d7-0ff4-460c-b7a4-b58c8efd68f0 

Karl Meißnest
geb. 20.10.1884 in Leonberg, Krs. Böblingen
Gärtner

Durchgangsgefangener von Berlin ins KZ Dachau.- Enthält auch: Durchgangsgefangene Johann Steffl von Berlin-Moabit nach Ebrach, Walter Paul Zocher von Dresden ins KZ Dachau, Walter Reginald Ames von Berlin ins Zivilinterierungslager Würzburg und Valentino Petroni von Berlin zur Übergabe an die Grenzpolizeibehörde Brenner.

So it answers the question as to where he was in 1941

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