28 August 2010

John Marriott Cuming

Two of the three WWI medals awarded to 1524 John Marriott Cuming were amongst those recently sent to me by the WA RSL. Originally from Victoria, his family moved to WA prior to the out break of war. From his service record I know that John was a serving member of the Royal Navy Reserve when he enlisted.
As is the case with most WWI service records, John's shows mostly administrative entries and medical problems rather than where he fought. He received a gun shot wound, had heart trouble and spent some time in a VDH.
The search for John's family was reasonably simple. A rather uncommon surname in WA was my starting point. I took a punt on an entry in the White Pages and after checking with other family members it turns out the chap I rung is John's great nephew. John did not have any children of his own.
The medals pictured are John's 1914/15 Star and British War Medal. Where his Victory Medals is, is any ones guess.
The medal returned tally is now 695.

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