I am in the process of writing for publication a Medal Roll for this award (also known - ambiguously- as 'The Black & Tan Medal' because of its relation to the fight against that force and also its Black and Tan coloured ribbon. It is intended that this work cover both classes of the medal, i.e., with and without the COMRAC (combat) bar and I hope to append a short bio to each recipient entry. My intention is also to include as much as possible a listing of the brigades, battallions and companys.Check out Denis Grant's web site www.rumorsofglory.com - which has a Military flavour, and the results of his Service Medal (1917-1921) researches.
This is a huge task given the paucity of information and I am appealling for any help I can get. This could come in the form of knowledge of existing medals and a note of their recipients, references to published works that contain details of the award and/or the brigades, newspaper cuttings, pictures of memorials etc. Please direct these to me at Denis Grant
I have chosen to write this work, not only because of my interest in this medal as a collector, but also because I believe it to be long overdue that this award be raised to its deserved stature. Such a work will also be of interest to Irish Genealogical circles.
Donncha De Grant
A rich source of information often unknown to even seasoned researchers is the military record. It is often forgotten that during the 19th Century as much as 40% of the British Army consisted of Irishmen. If you have an ancestor who was in the military there is a good chance you can learn much about him from the PRO at Kew near London. Unfortunately records are not online but researcher fees are extremely reasonable. There is a comprehensive series of guides online. A complete index to these can be found under B(ritish Army....) at http://www.pro.gov.uk/leaflets/Riindex.asp'Military Barracks In Ireland' 'This table has been compiled taking the list from the index of 'The Forlorn Hope.' by Kitzmiller and supplementing the entries with other sources. These sources are noted at the end. Additionally, where supplementary material was located on the World Wide Web links have been added in the column labeled Location. These links in many cases show pictures of the barracks and supply useful historical background.' Denis Grant web site.
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