My thanks go to Tim Mole for bringing this interesting set of medals to my attention. For just $999.99 they can be yours!
Apparently they belonged to Captain Harman John Shanley of the Connaught Rangers who, if the bars on the War Medal are to be believed, was present at Kosturino and later served in the Struma valley and elsewhere besides. Of course, it’s the bars on the War Medal that make it especially interesting as they are completely unofficial. Although bars indicating service in particular battles or campaigns are features of medals for earlier and later wars (e.g. the Crimea and South Africa), the only official bar on a WW1 service medal is that indicating service under fire between 5 August and 11 November on the 1914 (‘Mons’) Star. The Star in the Shanley set is, of course, the 1914-15 Star. A quick Google search identifies Captain Shanley’s medal index card (although I’m too mean to pay the £3.50 to see what it says) and an entry in the London Gazette showing his appointment as a temporary Second Lieutenant on 28 December 1914. As to how he came to earn the US and French WW2 medals looks likely to remain a mystery.
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