When my auntie died I came into possession of my uncle’s medals. One of these was the General Service Medal from the First World War. On the outside rim was a number, and that was the army number of Ernest George Davies. He was killed on 17 March 1917.

The documents illustrate the research I did mostly via the Gloucestershire Regimental museum to trace my uncle’s war record.

The Death coin was awarded to everyone  killed in action. They probably made a million of these. On this one is the name Ernest George Davies. Interestingly, on these commemorative coins all that was inscribed was the name – they never put the rank, they never put the number, because they assumed, rightly so I think, that in death everyone was the same.