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WW1 Medal Records - threat of being destroyed?

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Has anyone else heard/read about this?

Apparently, in April the MOD intends to destroy some 6 million records of medals issued to WW1 personnel.

The private facility used by the MOD to hold the records at
Hayes wants to relocate and charge the MOD for moving the cards. The
MOD's response is to get rid of the 140 filing cabinets that contain the
4-6 cards. The National Archives doesn't want to take on the cards
because it has already microfiched them and the microfiche has been
digitally scanned (see www.documentsonline.nationalarchives.gov.uk).

Only the fronts of the cards have been scanned and it is believed that written on the back of many of these cards is the address
that the medals were sent to. Often, it isn't possible to determine
whether the record of the medals issued relates to your ancestor or
another person without checking this address.

If the National Archives won't step in, perhaps someone else will. The Imperial War Museum? The Veteran's Association?

The MOD claims its holds copyright on the cards and that it can do what
it wishes with them.

We must urge the Minister of Defence, Geoff Hoon, and the Director of the National Archives, Sarah Tyacke, to prevent the destruction of these records straight away.
Please Address your letter as below & it will be passed it on to these authorities:

Rt Hon Geoff Hoon & Sarah Tyacke
Save the Medal Index Cards
c/o Your Family Tree
30 Monmouth Street
Bath BA1 2BW

Alternatively, send an email headed 'Save the Medal Index Cards' to
. Do it now - the records are due to be
destroyed.

I am horrified at these proposals. Please help!
 

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I have just found this through the FFHS:-

The Western Front Association is pleased to announce that following
negotiations with the Lord Chancellor's Department, the National Archives,
and the Ministry of Defence, we have been granted custodianship of the Great
War Medal Index Cards.*

The Cards are now in the possession of the W.F.A. and have been moved to a
secure storage facility.

Due the current condition of the cards and the filing cabinets, our next
step is to provide new storage cabinets, and under the direction of
archivists manage the cleaning of the archive.

To secure the long term future for the cards we will need to raise funds for
the administration and long term care of them. Once the funds have been
raised we will endeavour to digitally copy the reverse side of the cards
that hold correspondence details-approximately 5% of the cards. We will also
be seeking a permanent home for this valuable archive.

This is an exciting project for the W.F.A. in our 25th Anniversary year; we
would ask people to bear with us as we work to secure the future of these
historical and important documents.

Bruce Simpson
Chairman, the Western Front Association
Please Note: The women's cards have been given to the Imperial War Museum.

Link to Western Front Association website:
W.F.A

Well done to the W.F.A. :)
 
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Thank goodness these are going to be saved! Well done to the WFA. I have just spent an enjoyable hour searching the records and found details of an ancestor! Brilliant!:biggrin:
 

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Front and back of these cards are now on ancestry.

Does anyone know if they cover everyone who served in the Army in 1914-18? I have no clue which regiment/corps my great uncles served in, and would hate to think that there are more gaps to be filled.
 

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Thank goodness these are going to be saved! Well done to the WFA. I have just spent an enjoyable hour searching the records and found details of an ancestor! Brilliant!:biggrin:
I found the details of my great uncle!

Unfortunately I also found the details of the 68 other blokes with the same name who served in the Great War and lived through it.....oh well, keep on keeping on:'(
 

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I have the medal records of my Grt, Uncle James Ives, but due to the fact that they had mispelled his name, Jame instead of James, his medals were disposed of in 1922.
So with greatest appreciation of the WFA, I would not have found out this shameful act.

Steve.
 

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I found the details of my great uncle!

Unfortunately I also found the details of the 68 other blokes with the same name who served in the Great War and lived through it.....oh well, keep on keeping on:'(
Hi Minden, The sad fact is, it is more often then not, easier to find out more info. if the serviceman died in conflict. Which I have found to be the case.
Governments:mad:
 

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Hi

I have found a few medal cards for my ancestors on Ancestry. They can be great in determining what regiment they served in in order to locate their service records but Ancestry has them now as well as pension records.

Ben
 
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