war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper


Albert Gilligan


array of medals, Geoff Poole

These medals were awarded to Albert Edwin Gilligan. He was born in Dover in 1897, to Peter Gilligan, a coalminer, and his wife Ellen Jane, née Hearne. They lived at 9 Magdala Road.

He served in both World Wars, as reflected by the medals above. In order they are the Distinguished Conduct Medal, which he was awarded for his role at Dunkirk in the 4th battalion of the Royal West Kents. Next are the three medals for the Great War - the 1914-18 Star, the British War Medal, and the Victory Medal. Then come the 1939-45 Star, the Defence Medal, and the War Medal, from the Second World War. 

At the end is the Territorial Efficiency Medal, which was introduced in 1908 and awarded until 1930, for 12 years service. This one is from the 4th battalion of the Buffs, reflecting his Great War service. The last is the Efficiency Medal which superseded it. This was also awarded for 12 years service, and is from the 4th battalion Royal West Kents. For both medals, war-time service counts as double years.

It's an impressive array. Is there anyone in Dover who can beat this record?

with thanks to Geoff Poole
picture, Geoff Poole

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