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James G. McArthur help please.

 
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mhomac



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:53 pm    Post subject: James G. McArthur help please. Reply with quote

James G. McArthur was awarded a M.M. and Bar during WW1. Can anyone give me some information as to why these awards were made. I have searched to find the answer to my query but with no success.
I'm sure someone here can help. Thanks in advance.
Morag
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David McNay
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You'll be lucky to find a citation for a Military Medal. Citations were not published in the London Gazette so your best bet will be to check local newspapers in the hope that there was some mention made of the award and why it was given.
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apanderson
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any clues to Rank, Regiment etc?

Ancestry has 2 MM recipients, but it may not be either!

1. James McArthur, Machine Gun Corps, No. 18238 (MM)

2. James McArthur, Cpl., 1/9th HLI., No. 331734, died 12th October 1918 (MM & Bar)
SDGW: Born Old Monkland, Lived Airdrie, Enlisted Glasgow
Effects: Father David
1901 Census, Living at 48E Coates Place
Father David, mother Annie, children Alexander 6, James 4 & David 2.

Not much help in answering why either received their award though. Sorry!

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mhomac



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks David. Will try looking at some newspapers and hopefully find some info to add to his details on my project.

Yes, Anne, your number 2 answer is the correct one. I have most of his details but wanted to see if I could add another section to what I have found.

Appreciate both your assistance.
Morag
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Kenneth Morrison



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Morag - The Daily Record of 6 July 1917 p.8 has a photo of your man reporting the award of his 1st MM.
I'll see if I can find anything about the 2nd MM.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Morag, I've sent you copies of photos from the Daily Record which Ken found.

He certainly deserves a gold star for his research skills!!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry can't find a newspaper report of his 2nd MM but here is the London Gazette notice.
London Gazette Publication date: 10 September 1918 Supplement: 30897 Page: 10758.
331734 Cpl. J. McArthur, M.M., H.L.I. (Airdrie).
(M.M.'s gazetted 18th July, 1917.)
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you all for this information. You never fail to amaze me with the amount of knowledge and expertise that you have at your fingertips! and the internet too of course.
Much appreciated.
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