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Missing medals

Old 26th Jul 2021, 22:59
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Missing medals

I picked this message up from a Facebook group that I am a member of. If anyone can help I'm sure it would be appreciated.

"Hi. I work in a charity shop in Spain and we received some donated clothing which had two medals in the pocket. They were for Cpl P A Bennington service number T1347156. It would be nice to trace his family so we can reunite them with the medals. One is his LSGM and the other a Saudi campaign medal. Please help if you can."

As a side issue, can anyone shed light on when this person might have enlisted?

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Old 27th Jul 2021, 14:25
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I have had a look but no joy, others no doubt are as well, do not give up on this.
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Old 27th Jul 2021, 15:42
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Saudi campaign medal
What is this?
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Old 27th Jul 2021, 16:13
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Don't know where the shop is in Spain, or even if it's an RAF Service Number but there are 3 very active branches of RAFA on the Costa Blanca who may be able to help.
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Old 27th Jul 2021, 16:55
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TankerTrashNav's the man for this.

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Old 27th Jul 2021, 16:57
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Originally Posted by 2Planks View Post
Don't know where the shop is in Spain, or even if it's an RAF Service Number but there are 3 very active branches of RAFA on the Costa Blanca who may be able to help.
LSGC would denote Service, having a letter rules out Army so only RAF remains. RM had two letters prefix up to the 8 number, all ranks, tri-service system now employed. Regards the Saudi Campaign Medal, that needs clarifying, neither Granby or Telic medals have Saudi on them, GSM 1918 has a clasp Arabian Peninsular, GSM 1962 South Arabia and GSM 2008 has Arabian Peninsular again. More info required but if nothing else, pop them in the post to;

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Old 27th Jul 2021, 20:40
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Does "Saudi campaign medal" mean the spangly thing they gave out after GW1?
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Old 27th Jul 2021, 20:55
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https://www.ab-ix.co.uk/pdfs/rfc_raf.pdf

If I’m understanding this correctly, according to this site, Cpl Bennington would have joined the RAF in 1941.

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Old 27th Jul 2021, 21:12
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Originally Posted by Tashengurt View Post
Does "Saudi campaign medal" mean the spangly thing they gave out after GW1?
Maybe but that would normally be accompanied by the Kuwait medal.
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Old 27th Jul 2021, 21:29
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That does not mean they could have become separated though.
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Old 28th Jul 2021, 11:59
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Originally Posted by NutLoose View Post
That does not mean they could have become separated though.
Yep, hence the “normally”…
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Old 28th Jul 2021, 18:03
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Originally Posted by Speedywheels View Post
https://www.ab-ix.co.uk/pdfs/rfc_raf.pdf

If I’m understanding this correctly, according to this site, Cpl Bennington would have joined the RAF in 1941.

The alpha 'T' check character says that he was serving in 1965 when the check character was invented.
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Old 29th Jul 2021, 11:36
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The alpha 'T' check character says that he was serving in 1965 when the check character was invented.
If he joined in 1941 ish then his LSGC would have been 1959 with the bar in 1977?
Has the "Saudi Medal" got his details on - could the 2 medals be from separate people and just part of a small collection?

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Old 29th Jul 2021, 15:37
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That could be an Army "RASC" number. The Army did not normally use a prefix for a Service number, but the Royal Army Service Corps was an exception. RASC numbers were prefixed S (Supplies), T (Transport), M (Mechanical Transport) or R (Remounts).
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