QUIRK/MOR­LEY/medals

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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).”

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