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Pip, Squeak, and Wilfred (2014) Programme

This is an archive of the programme for our 2014 “Pip, Squeak, and Wilfred” event.

0945Pip, Squeak and WilfredDavid Holman, FFHS Chairman
Almost all family historians will have ancestors or relatives who have served in the Armed Forces. This talk will look at medals and how we can use them to help find out more about our ancestors. It will also look at specific medals awarded and how you can find out more about the recipients from the indexes held in the archives. It will also explain where you can find citations for gallantry medals.The talk will briefly explain the history of medals and then go on to look at the following main types of award:

  • Gallantry Awards
  • Campaign Medals
  • Mention in Despatches
  • Miscellaneous awards & citations

There will be an outline of the major gallantry awards that have been issued including those up to the present day.
The examination of campaign medals will be confined to the late 19th century and the First World War. This reflects the easy availability of records relating to these records.

1030Sharing stories online – the Europeana 1914-1918 projectAlun Edwards, The RunCoCo Team, University of Oxford IT Services
As the centenary of the First World War approaches, a series of projects and resources appear, collecting material or sharing resources. Unlike many other projects, Europeana 1914-1918 brings together contributions from across the world and does not restrict the scope of the collection to a particular topic, regiment, area, or type of material. Using the model initiated by the University of Oxford, the general public is invited to share their family stories and objects through an online portal or by participating in ‘roadshow’ events where project staff record stories, digitize objects and upload the material to the platform. Any stories, memories or object with a connection to the period 1914-1918 are welcome, whether concerning the fighting of the War or not, and the collection is freely available for anyone to explore.
In this presentation, we will introduce the project, show some examples from the existing collection and discuss how you can take part in the project by using the material or sharing your stories with the world.
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1115Coffee break
1145Identifying Photos & MemorabiliaGraham Bandy
When researching your family history, one of the first questions you may have is “With which Regiment did my ancestor serve?” and sometimes the only clue is a battered old wartime photograph, a medal or a few pages from an old pay-book.This fascinating talk will provide you with some of the skills needed to study your old photographs and memorabilia in order to unlock the information they contain.Illustrated by a wide selection of military images and artefacts, this talk will take you through the basics of identifying uniforms, medals, regiments and rank accompanied by hints and tips for your own follow-up research.Bring along some of your own photographs to discuss during the lunch break. You never know what you may learn!- See more at:
1330Commemorating Conscription: Papers of the Middlesex Appeal TribunalDavid Langrish, Reader Adviser, Military, Maritime and Transport Team, The National Archives
On the introduction of conscription in 1916, Military Service Tribunals were set up to hear applications and appeals for exemption. Though the national system probably heard well over a million cases, surviving material is fragmented, but two complete sets of tribunal papers were retained, including those for the Middlesex Appeal Tribunal.David Langrish will discuss the recent digitisation of these records by The National Archives, in partnership with the Federation of Family History Societies and Friends of The National Archives. He will highlight the insights they provide on the effect of war on society at home, and on the lives of individuals appealing for exemption, and their families and communities and how this fits into the wider national picture.
1430Tea break
1500Nationality, Aliens and Defence of the RealmMark Pearsall, Records Specialist, Family History, The National Archives
The outbreak of war in 1914 introduced restrictions on aliens, and shortly thereafter internment for those considered enemy aliens.This talk looks at the legal, moral and social implications for those aliens, and those of alien descent who considered themselves loyal Britons, as well as those women who had married foreign nationals and lost their British nationality. Anti-German feeling grew during the course of the war, and the records of government and of individuals in The National Archives shed light on this wartime paranoia and fear of the enemy within.

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