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The recipient as a Pelham Mervyn Tombs, a driver with the Red Cross. The 1901 Census, shows him as aged 21. A secretary with a shipowning company, from Gloucestershire, BRCS &ST JJ on 1914 star trio, District Supt on Coronation, Asst Com on service order, Pelham Mervyn Gainsford Tombs was appointed a Knight of Grace in the London Gazette dtd 23rd June 1914.

Can anyone identify the Foriegn awards, thanks

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The recipient as a Pelham Mervyn Tombs, a driver with the Red Cross. The 1901 Census, shows him as aged 21. A secretary with a shipowning company, from Gloucestershire, BRCS &ST JJ on 1914 star trio, District Supt on Coronation, Asst Com on service order, Pelham Mervyn Gainsford Tombs was appointed a Knight of Grace in the London Gazette dtd 23rd June 1914.

Can anyone identify the Foriegn awards, thanks

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What an interesting group :jumping::jumping:

On the large medal bar, second from the end (also in pic #2) is the 'Benemerenti' Medal awarded by the Pope.

The 'Benemerenti' is awarded to lay men (later to women) who distinguished themselves by special services to either the Pontiff, or to the Catholic church. They are awarded only once a year and are rarely seen.

This one was bestowed by Pope Piux X (1903 to 1914).

For each pontiff there is a separate designed medal and ribbon.

It is perfectly in line with the St Johns awards.

The other awards have a religious bent to them but I am unable to pin them down.

I'll still keep looking because the last medal on the large bar looks familiar.

Edited by David S
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