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Q: My grandfather's medal ( No Answer,   2 Comments )
Subject: My grandfather's medal
Category: Reference, Education and News
Asked by: freakout87-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 28 Jul 2006 03:54 PDT
Expires: 27 Aug 2006 03:54 PDT
Question ID: 750327
My grandfather's name was John Harold Carroll. His service number was
421710 and he was born on 19/09/1920. He served in the Royal
Australian Air Force from 1942 until 1946. During his period of
service, he was awarded the French Croix de Guerre. It has long been a
mystery to our family *why* he was awarded the medal and Austra. Could
someone either provide us with the answer, or the complete
instructions on how to find it?

Clarification of Question by freakout87-ga on 28 Jul 2006 03:56 PDT
Sorry, that truncated sentence at the end there should read:

It has long been a mystery to our family *why* he was awarded the
medal and Australian service records don't seem to have the answer.

Request for Question Clarification by keystroke-ga on 28 Jul 2006 04:45 PDT

This site gives some good information on the award.

This website gives further information about the award

It explicitly states

"Open to soldiers, sailors and airmen of all ranks, and of any Allied
army, various types of Croix de Guerre were available: bronze (awarded
by the army), silver (awarded by a division), silver-gilt (awarded by
a corps), silver star (awarded by a division) and bronze star (awarded
by a regiment or brigade)."

I feel as though your best option would be to speak to the french
military datase directly

hopefully you can speak french :)

The best I can come up as to why he was awarded the medal was for
being mentioned in a dispatch, I cannot find any other archives or
information specifically relating to him. Unfortunately too, my french
is a little on the poor side so I cannot use the french military
database website. I don't know if this is even the complete military
database. I would suggest though that the French would be the best
people to ask.

I hope this at least helps somewhat,

There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: My grandfather's medal
From: myoarin-ga on 28 Jul 2006 06:02 PDT
If he had been "mentioned in dispatches" in the Australian records,
that might be a clue.  If you know his unit(s), perhaps there is
history source  (not necessarily online) that might mention him or a
combat situation in which individual assistance of the French could
suggest a reason for someone having been awarded the Croix de Guerre.
Subject: Re: My grandfather's medal
From: thierry_barnay-ga on 03 Aug 2006 05:25 PDT
I just contacted the French Ministry of Defense and the French Army
Archive as well.
I hope that they'll reply to my request. i'll let you know if I get something.

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