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Re(1): Captain J A Davenport

Good Afternoon Angus

Many thanks for your most interesting and informative post.

He is undoubtedly this gentleman. 

First Name:
Incident Details:
War Office Daily List No.5734
Report Date:
Casualty Listed As:
Released Prisoner of War from Germany, arrived in England
British Army
Primary Unit:
Lancashire Fusiliers
British Army daily reports - missing, dead, wounded & POWs - WWI
Campaign Medals:
Victory Medal
With the information in J A Davenport's record, it is likely that they were entitled to the Victory medal, also called the Inter Allied Victory Medal.
British War Medal
With the information in J A Davenport's record, it is likely that they were entitled to the British War Medal for service in World War One.

Sadly trying to trace relatives is a very difficult area. We are often asked to trace relatives of a WW1 Veteran for example to return a medal that has been ' found '. Unfortunately as you will probably know all records relating to WW1 Veterans are held by the National Archives. Therein lies a major problem. The information you have to date will almost certainly have been gleaned from the National Archives. It is the only source. ALL on line search engines will have obtained their information from the National Archives. The POW details will have been taken from the intelligence reports and post repatriation interviews. Again as you will probably know the majority of records relating to WW1 Veterans were destroyed during the London Blitz of 1940 when the War Office Central Records Depository was gutted by incendiary bombs. Any remaining recovered records particularly Service Records are over 100 years old and any NOK details are hopelessly out of date. Your only source of information sadly are the surviving records held by the National Archives which I'm afraid will not be very helpful in respect of your request. The Fusilier Museum Bury do not hold any records and they too would refer you to the National Archives. It's an ongoing problem difficult to resolve.

Geoff Pycroft 
Researcher and Archivist Lancashire Fusiliers Web Site 

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