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Original message (posted by rayonline5555)
I`m back.....I managed to catch the opening ceremony and I kept suitably anonymous in the background and was also suitable ignored by most of the dignatories. But I was delighted to meet my old pal Veteran for a chat but was peeved to see he looked 10 years younger than me even though he is only two years younger.....you must have been wearing makeup you old codger....lol...I did see oy but he was always too close to the enemies for me to make contact but another time perhaps.......As for the photos exellent as usual but I am now a little bit puzzled about the medals Mick Keneally was showing because the second from the left (the one with the crossed swords) is the Mons Star which was only awarded to those who survived the first Ypres campaign in august to november 1914. Now I know that medal well because my father Jack Davies was awarded it along with his M.M and he was at that time with the 5th Manchesters. But according to the war records THe 1st Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers which was Billy`s regiment was not at Ypres but were at Karachi at that time....is there a siple explanation for this? Incidentally Billy`s younger brother Frank(Francis) was Killed in action at first Ypres aged 20 and he would have known my dad who lived just across the road on Bolton Rd. Stubshie. Not trying to belittle Billy in any way cos they were all heroes to me but it is puzzling me ... Can anyone find out?
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