"Mentioned in Dispatches"...What does that mean?

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  1. Howdy,

    Long time no speak.

    Quick question.
    My ole grandad passed away aged 92,******* good innings,doubt if I will make it to 60, legend served in Italy and Africa.

    When going through his papers from WW2, found something that said about being mentioned in Dispatches and not much else...

    Can someone please explain what this means?

  2. When writing a military report of an action (the dispatch) the officer concerned will mention anyone who showed particular bravery and courage above and beyond the call of duty.

    If someone is mentioned in the dispatches that means the officer writing the dispatch felt that the person concerned acted above and beyond.
  3. But being a member of the Labour party was too tight to give him the meda that he really deservedl.
  4. Our friend's son (3 Para Private) just got MiD from Afghanistan and quite frankly, having read the citation, he deserved a 'kin great gong! And he is only 21. BZ to him (even though being a Para, he won't know what BZ means!) :lol:
  5. wet_blobby

    wet_blobby War Hero Moderator

    Jewel, If you have the old fellas medals a MiD is signified by an oak leaf worn on the medal ribbon.
  6. Thanks guys.
  7. It's something of which he could be justifiably proud.
  8. That's interesting. I had often wondered why one of my grandad's medals from the Great War had a bronze oak leaf. He was mentioned in dispatches following his service in the Somme (which he survived).

    Thanks Blobbs. :)
  9. If interested, there are details of honours on this page:


    An extract for MiD:

    The Mention in Despatches is the oldest form of recognition of gallantry within the UK Armed Forces. Since 1993, the Mention in Despatches has been reserved for gallantry during active operations. The Queen's Commendation for Bravery and Queen's Commendation for Bravery in the Air are similarly awarded to mark specific acts of gallantry.
  10. While on the subject of MiD I have been trying to find out why my Grandfather was awarded the MM and to be MiD during the actions on the Somme. According to his papers he was MiD by General Sir JDP French for action on 15-10-15, and this was reported in the London Gazette on 1-1-16. After searching the on-line index I found this entry. His MM was reported in the LG on 14-12-16 but the index to the Gazette does not find the entry. Can anyone who has researched this document any clues because no-one in the family knows what he actually did the earn the award. I would be very grateful for ANY help.
  11. LujonSA

    I'd suggest having a look at the regimental history of your grandfather's regiment. They generally list all the decorations received by members of the regiment, including MiDs.

    Given your location, there may be a problem with access to a good anglophone library. I'd suggest you see if there is a regimental museum who might be able to help you out.

    PM me if you don't get anywhere. I'm a historian by trade so have a number of ideas and contacts we might be able to deploy.

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