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James William Windley WWI Lookup please
« on: Thursday 02 December 04 21:54 GMT (UK) »
Hi,
Can anyone tell me when Sapper James William Windley, 165786 (from Dorking) served with the R.E. in WWI? When and where? I know he was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field.
Thank you for your time.
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Wilson: Writtle Essex, Shorne Kent.
Windley: Woodford Essex, Chigwell Essex, Blackmore Essex.
Halls: Chigwell and Woodford, Essex
Ambrose and Corteling: Sri Lanka

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Re: James William Windley WWI Lookup please
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 02 December 04 22:01 GMT (UK) »
If he was awarded the military medal, his name should appear in the London Gazette archive:

http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/index.asp?webType=0

The medal rolls are at the National Archives and online:

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/default.htm

There is not a very high success rate with searches in the WW1 soldier's records - also at the National Archives

http://www.catalogue.nationalarchives.gov.uk/researchguidesindex.asp

British Army Soldiers' Papers 1914-1918

There may have been a mention in the local newspaper in the area where he lived - it's worth trying the local library there for this and anything else that they hold on local soldiers.

Not really sure if this helps or not

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Re: James William Windley WWI Lookup please
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 02 December 04 22:06 GMT (UK) »
Hi,
thanks for your quick reply. I already have a copy from the London Gazette. Want to know when and where he served. Live in the Netherlands so it's not possible for me to visit any local library. He was from Dorking.
Thanks anyway.
missmarple
Wilson: Writtle Essex, Shorne Kent.
Windley: Woodford Essex, Chigwell Essex, Blackmore Essex.
Halls: Chigwell and Woodford, Essex
Ambrose and Corteling: Sri Lanka


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Re: James William Windley WWI Lookup please
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 02 December 04 22:23 GMT (UK) »
Link to Surrey local studies collections and history service.

http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/sccwebsite/sccwspages.nsf/LookupWebPagesByTITLE_RTF/Local+history+centres+in+Surrey+libraries?opendocument

It looks as if you can email them ............... you never know

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Re: James William Windley WWI Lookup please
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 04 December 04 09:15 GMT (UK) »
Whoops!
Just re-read your post, me thinks you already know info below, my apologies
Bryant  :-[


Only JW I can find, is it him?
Regards
Bryant 8)

Description Medal card of Windley, J W
Corps Regiment No Rank
Royal Engineers 165786 Sapper
 
Date 1914-1920
Catalogue reference WO 372/23

Corps Regiment No Rank
Royal Engineers 165786 Sapper
 
Date 1914-1920
Catalogue reference WO 372/23
Dept Records created or inherited by the War Office, Armed Forces, Judge Advocate General, and related bodies
Series War Office: Service Medal and Award Rolls Index, First World War
Piece Women's Services, Distinguished Conduct Medals and Military Medals Image contains 1 medal card of many for this collection

Total Price () 3.50
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Fletcher (Glouc into Warwickshie into Lancs?), BUCKLEY (Chatham area), Watson (Chatham area).


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Re: James William Windley WWI Lookup please
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 04 December 04 09:26 GMT (UK) »
Miss Marple

The name of the medals of your JW will indicate where he was in WW1 and at what time? Do you have a list of his medals?

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Re: James William Windley WWI Lookup please
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 04 December 04 09:39 GMT (UK) »
Miss Marple

A brand new site that appears to very much like this one in build! is

http://warlinks.com/armour/2nd_rgh/webboard.html

I found it a couple of days ago! is it any good, I don't know is the answer to that one! but worth a try

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Fletcher (Glouc into Warwickshie into Lancs?), BUCKLEY (Chatham area), Watson (Chatham area).


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Re: James William Windley WWI Lookup please
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 12 December 04 19:08 GMT (UK) »
Thank you all for yur replies.
I know now that he was in France. Still looking for information on why he received the medal and what year he became a royal engineer.
thanks.
dutch missmarple
Wilson: Writtle Essex, Shorne Kent.
Windley: Woodford Essex, Chigwell Essex, Blackmore Essex.
Halls: Chigwell and Woodford, Essex
Ambrose and Corteling: Sri Lanka

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Re: James William Windley WWI Lookup please
« Reply #8 on: Sunday 12 December 04 19:36 GMT (UK) »
 DMM
Below is a description of what the Military Medal and others was awarded for, this one being awarded to a Peter Robertson who is nothing whatsoever to do with this post but used as an example.

Peter Robertson was awarded The Military Medal. It was instituted on 25th March 1916 and was awarded to NCOs and men of the Army for individual or associated acts of bravery not of sufficient heroism as to merit the DCM. The deed had to be witnessed by an officer. It was not awarded posthumously.

Bar
The silver, laurelled bar is awarded for a subsequent act or acts of bravery and devotion under fire.
Description
A circular, silver medal, 1.42 inches in diameter.

Obverse
The sovereign's effigy
 
King George V: A bareheaded effigy, in Field Marshal's uniform, facing left, and the legend:
GEORGEIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:

Reverse
The reverse shows FOR / BRAVERY / IN THE / FIELD in four lines, encircled by a laurel wreath and surmounted by the Royal Cypher and Imperial Crown.

Mounting
An ornate scroll suspender is attached to the medal with a single-toe claw.

Ribbon
A dark blue ribbon, 1.25 inches wide, with five equal centre stripes of white, red, white, red, and white (0.125" each).

Naming
The regimental or equivalent number, rank, initials, surname and unit of the recipient appear in plain block capitals around the edge of the medal.

Dates
The medal was instituted on 25 March 1916.

Metal
Silver

Dimensions
36mm
 Peter Robertson was also awarded these medals for serving his King and Country in The Great War.

The British War Medal (left and Victory Medal (right) were awarded to all personnel.
 
The British War Medal 1914-1918
The medal takes the form of a solid silver medal with an image of a mounted figure of St George trampling the shield of the central powers with the dates 1914 and 1918 thereon. At the base is a skull and crossbones, symbolic of death, whilst above is the rising sun of victory. The reverse has the coinage head of George V.

Victory Medal 1914 - 1919
It was decided amongst the Allies that a common theme would be adopted and that each country would produce a medal to commemorate the Victory. This medal took various forms according to the country but a common item was the rainbow coloured ribbon. The British medal shows the winged victory on the front holding a palm branch in her right hand with the left outstretched. The reverse has the words "The Great War for Civilisation" surrounded by a laurel wreath.

The pair were affectionately known as "Mutt and Jeff".
 
Regards
Bryant
Researching names BRYANT (Camberwell), PASTERFIELD (Essex and all), RAY (Holborn/Islington areas back to Brentford), POWELL (Glouc & beyond?)
Fletcher (Glouc into Warwickshie into Lancs?), BUCKLEY (Chatham area), Watson (Chatham area).


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