Many thanks for the suggestions everyone . His name was Lt Col Ernest G
Ffrench MD FRCSE MRCP and he was with the RAMC in the Boer War, Jamaica,
India & in WW1 he ran field hospitals 51 & 56 at Etaples,+ serving at Vimy
Ridge,Bethune & Arras. His photos show the Oakleaf emblem for MIDs
The Times carried his obituary in full 2 Aug 1937 stating he was twice
mentioned in despatches. The Times online(Search on "Mentioned...") has long
lists of MIDs in Egypt,Mesopotamia,Archangel,Murmansk,Italy,Sudan etc but
strangely there appears to be no list for France where presumably the bulk
of MIDs were earned. The London Gazette has various references to his
service but no mention of an MID.
Of course what one would dearly like is the actual citation but the
complete lack of service records for RAMC personnel mean this source is not
available. But presumably the citations were sent somewhere in the British
Army so surely there must be a copy somewhere?
Mentions in Despatches (None)
First listed in LG of 9th May 1843.
Sometimes referred to as MID and physically denoted by an oak leaf
Prior to fourth quarter 1916 these were not indexed and were included
in the dispatches themselves.
After this time they are listings of the names of those commended with
where and when - not why.
Nancy Atkinson(Nee Ffrench)
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Subject: Re: [SOG-UK] Mentioned in dispatches
I would expect to find it in the London Gazette and/or The Times
Archive Online. Former has free access, latter available through some
local libraries. You didn't give a name, so searching is difficult.
On 21 June 2011 09:13, Keith Atkinson <kandn.atkinson(a)tiscali.co.uk> wrote:
Grandfather was in the Royal Army Medical Corps, most of which's
were destroyed by fire. His entry in Peterkins Army records says;
" Despatches 10 Jul 19". That is a Mentioned In Despatches [MID] and on
British War Medal, there is an "oak leaf" which apparently signifies an
In 1919 he was still in charge of a Military Hospital in France so he must
have been MID for his work there. The citation was probably lost when that
fire destroyed the RAMC records. But is there any where else I could look?
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