Artefacts of the Great War

Here you will find images of artefacts from our handling collection:

The 1914 Star ("Mons Star"), War Medal and Victory Medals, awarded to Private Frederick Simon

The 1914 Star (“Mons Star”), War Medal and Victory Medals, awarded to Private Frederick Simon – Taff´s paternal grandfather

Due to the high number of soldiers requiring medals, mistakes were sometimes made: it should read Frederick Simon, not Simons

Due to the high number of soldiers requiring medals, mistakes were sometimes made: it should read Frederick Simon, not Simons. Family legend says that Fred joined the army when he was 12 or 14. This might be an exaggeration but he was certainly young. He served in the Sudan under Kitchener so by the time of the Great war he was an “Old Sweat”. Part of the B.E.F. in 1914 he was eligible for the 1914 Star (a.k.a the “Mons Star”. Present on the first day on the Somme, he survived the war, dyeing in the 1950´s.

 

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