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Citations for the award of the Croix de Guerre avec palmes to British (and other foreign) soldiers were published (in French) in the Journal Officiel during the war. Copies of the Journal available on-line only go back as far as the late 1940s but some large libraries in the UK have bound copies for 1914-1918 though I have yet to see one with an index. Less than 5% of Croix de Guerre awarded to British soldiers were awarded avec palmes (representing a mention in Army orders) so the numbers of citations is small. I believe the French Ministere des Affaires Etrangeres has recommendations/citations for all awards but I have never received a reply from them on enquiring. Hope this helps.
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Posted 28 January 2012 - 10:57 am
I could not find the two Privates in my photocopies of citations in the Journal Officiel- not surprising considering they did not get mentioned in Army orders - but also could not find Lieutenant Colonel Gibson, who should have been there. As I said, I don't think indexes were prepared so I am not sure I have all the citations. I have attached a sample from the Journal.
Posted 28 January 2012 - 11:30 am
I am researching a WW1 survivor, Captain Edward R Pennel(l) DFC, Croix de Guerre with Bronze Palm (France) of RNAS and RFC. I have tried the London Gazette for his commission, promotion and awards, so far without success, and picked up your post from searching the forum. His family has his medals group which shows service in both wars as well as the KGVI Coronation Medal. From your post it seems unlikely but any help you can give me would be much appreciated.
Posted 28 January 2012 - 04:49 pm
His 1937 Coro is listed as
Pennell, Edward Robert (Flight Comdr. DFC) Member of Essex County Car Park Committee
Posted 28 January 2012 - 04:52 pm
His DFC was gazetted 3/6/1918 page 6520
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Posted 29 January 2012 - 12:41 pm
they are out there , im lucky enough to have an original , buy iy was also written up in a local paper so maybe worth looking there too
ps if you do find one im sure foreign gong would like to hear from you
Posted 29 January 2012 - 12:46 pm
Chris, you probably know this but just in case, he has several mentions in 'Flight'.
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Posted 29 January 2012 - 02:27 pm
Here is a certified copy of my Grandfather's avec palme citation