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Old 10-13-2017, 06:33 AM   #1
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I have just acquired this 'Pip, Squeak & Wilfred' trio to a L. Cpl. Brunsdon of the North Irish Horse, but the really cool thing about it is that they are my Great Grandfathers' medals.
I found them for sale online by a total fluke (I wasn't even looking for them) and I still can't believe that I actually have them.
The group is in excellent condition with beautiful patina and as originally mounted with original silk ribbons.
I have managed to take a few shots with my phone for now, but if anyone is interested, I can get some more detailed shots with my camera when I get a chance...I also have more information on the recipient, who, until recently, I knew very little about.
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Old 10-13-2017, 06:34 AM   #2
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Obverse and Reverse...
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Old 10-13-2017, 06:35 AM   #3
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...and the man himself, my Great Grandfather in uniform...
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Old 10-13-2017, 02:48 PM   #4
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Great group! Bob
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That is worth celebrating!
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Old 10-14-2017, 04:31 AM   #6
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What a great find, how lucky is that. I would imagine N Irish horse was a desirable unit to collect, but to get family medals to them is superb.
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Old 10-15-2017, 04:06 AM   #7
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Amazing, well done!
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Old 10-15-2017, 09:22 AM   #8
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Thanks, I had to pay through the nose for them, considering many such trios can be found for well under 100 Quid.
Here are some more pics that hopefully show the condition/patina better...
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Old 10-15-2017, 09:23 AM   #9
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Obverse & Reverse...
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Old 10-15-2017, 09:24 AM   #10
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naming...
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Old 10-15-2017, 09:32 AM   #11
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Medal Index Card and Clipping from 'The Northern Whig' newspaper, 11.May 1918 stating that he had been wounded in action. His unit was A Sqn., 1st Regt. N. IR. H. which had only recently been dismounted and turned into a cyclist unit.
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Old 10-15-2017, 09:39 AM   #12
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The relative entries on the Medal Rolls.
Note the 'Jack Brunsdon' NIH listed just above Albert was his younger brother who had overstated his age in order to enlist.
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Old 10-15-2017, 09:45 AM   #13
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These 1914 Newspaper clippings are of Albert (right) and his other younger brother Sidney (full photograph shown below).
All three brothers enlisted in North Irish Horse in September 1914 and all three made it through the whole show...true Brothers in Arms.
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Old 10-15-2017, 09:51 AM   #14
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...and just out of interest, prior to the war my Great Grandfather had been working as a plater in the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast...I can think of at least three incredibly famous ships that were built there during that period, so who knows???

I also found this copy of the Ulster Covenant (1912) which bears his signature...
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Old 10-15-2017, 09:55 AM   #15
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...and to round off the story, he left Belfast to live in Birkenhead between the wars and his two sons, my Great Uncles Jim & Joe went on to serve with the Royal Marines & the Parachute Regiment respectively...they both survived their own various wars also.
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