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Certificate of Meritious Service

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ss002d6252   
ss002d6252

Any idea what exactly it was granted for and by whom ?

He was sent back to England for treatment of his wounds; during the course of his recuperation he was transferred to the 10th Lancashire Fusiliers, still as a Private (40684). He also paid what might have been his last visit home to Smethwick . It was during the recuperation/ transfer period that he received a Certificate of Meritorious Service – believed to be the only awarded for service in France .

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Jim_Grundy   
Jim_Grundy

There was indeed a Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) but there were such certificates issued where there was no related award beyond the certificate itself.

One local man (to me), Bdr. Charles Wilfred Orton, 'C' Battery, 152nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, was awarded a 'Card of Honour' in recognition of his conduct during the preliminary bombardment for the Battle of the Somme. I don't think these were official War Office issue, rather the initiative of individual units, designed as a means of acknowledging good service where there was no prospect of a formal award being made.

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centurion   
centurion

"Card of honour" is not "meritorious service". I've seen many examples of cards of honour (sometimes issued when the man's unit felt he had missed out on a medal). Do you have examples of a meritorious service certificate? As MSMs were gazetted it should be easy to check if the man in question was awarded such.

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David B   
David  B

My g/father was the recipient of an MSM and in all the years I was a member of his household he never

mentioned a card or certificate of honour

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Stebie9173   
Stebie9173

I think this is the certificate otherwise known as the "King's Certificate".

See the section at the foot of this LLT page:

http://www.1914-1918.net/grandad/swb.htm

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tipperary   
tipperary

Did the MSM have a rank or cash bounty award after so many years service.john

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centurion   
centurion

I think this is the certificate otherwise known as the "King's Certificate".

See the section at the foot of this LLT page:

http://www.1914-1918...grandad/swb.htm

Awarded with the SWB after discharge - doesn't match the description in the OP

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ss002d6252   
ss002d6252

This is the man's MIC - http://search.ancest...rc=&pid=4463949 (certainly odd to miss out a mention of a VC in a piece on their wartime service! (it is mentioned on a covering page but still...))

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centurion   
centurion

One possibility - he had an MID. The oak leaf for WW1 MIDs was not issued until post war but before then some sort of MID certificate was available

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ss002d6252   
ss002d6252

The MiD may by a possibility and the author being confused.

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tipperary   
tipperary

The award i was trying to think of in post 7 was an Anuity MSM i believe payment of same would be some time distant from award, a certificate may have been issued at time.john

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