QIn our August issue, Marion Burton was seeking the descendents of the rightful owners of two medals in her possession, awarded to a Private Quirk and a Private Morley.
AJeff Ward contacted us: “Information on Private Quirk, Irish Guards, can be obtained from the Guards Archivist, Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, London SW1E 6HQ. The guards records are held separately from the rest of the army. The Irish Guards Association ( iga-london.co.uk) may also be able to help. “The Morley (Cyrpus) medal is more complicated. Army service number 23357074 was issued roughly October 1955-May 1956. The official dates for the Cyprus emergency are 18 April 1955-18 April 1959. The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI) was in Cyprus 1956-7. No Cyprus campaign medal as such was issued, but holders of the 1962 General Service Medal are entitled to wear a clasp attached to the medal ribbon that bears the word Cyprus. Any soldier who was in Cyprus for 90 days or more during the emergency is entitled to wear the clasp. The KOYLI no longer exists, but there is a regimental museum at Doncaster ( bit.ly/1HDylad).”