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    WW1 Victory Medal turned up in an estate sale in Victoria BC.
    Enscribed is:

    PFO G FARRELL RAF

    No service number enscribed.
    No other documentation whatsoever.
    Any info will be appreciated.
    Thanks.

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    There is an AIR 76 officer's record for Gordon Farrell available for download online for a small fee from the TNA (AIR 76/157/115).

    Errol

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    Thanks, Errol.
    I'll ask the man who bought the estate lot if wants to proceed.

    WW1 Victory Medals that I have seen (Canadian) have the rank, name, and service number inscribed.
    This medal does not include the service number.
    Is there a reason for that?

    Also, what rank is PFO?

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    PFO = Probationary Flight Officer (RNAS)

    Similar thread here: http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/foru....php?p=4292667

    Mark

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    He also has a Naval record that can be downloaded, namely ADM 273/26/289.

    Errol

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    I did some googling and found the following:
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    William Farrell B.C. Tel's first president b. c. 1854, Huddersfield, Eng.; d. Sept. 12, 1922, Vancouver. With wife Jessie Maude and infant son Gordon, he came to Vancouver in 1891 and together with associates, formed the nucleus of the B.C. Telephone Company, becoming its first president. Built 18 meter yacht Sheileena, named for his three daughters, Sheila, Kathleen and Nora. It was eventually renamed Kitchener and used in WWII by the Canadian army. Gordon (b. March 14, 1890, Huddersfield, Eng.; d. xx), served in the Royal Naval Air Force in WWI. He joined B.C. Telephone in 1919 as treasurer, rising to president (July 1928-58), and holding numerous directorships. In 1948, the William Farrell Building (Seymour and Robson) was built as B.C. Telephone's head office. In 1963, because of a by-law he introduced barring B.C. Telephone directors over 72, he was forced to retire as chair.
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    The WW1 medal I am investigating may belong to the Gordon Farrell in the above paragraph.
    His date of birth disagrees with the downloadable file at the Archives.
    Many birth-dates from that era can be off by a few years.
    I understand that many WW1 records in England were destroyed by WW2 bombing raids.
    I'd like to be fairly sure of my man before forking out the loot for the file.

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    Well from the Preview of AIR 76/157/115 you can see Gordon Farrell was from Vancouver Canada and you can make out "Telephone"

    From BMD Register

    Births Sep 1890 (>99%)

    Farrell Gordon Huddersfield 9a 314 Scan available - click to view

    which would indicate a June/July/August Birth so I am sure same man!

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    Thanks for pointing that out.
    I had never used the archives site prior to that.
    It's unfortunate that his medals ended up at an estate auction and are now out of his family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grounded View Post
    WW1 Victory Medal turned up in an estate sale in Victoria BC.
    Enscribed is:

    PFO G FARRELL RAF

    No service number enscribed.
    No other documentation whatsoever.
    Any info will be appreciated.
    Thanks.

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