Last year, I did a post about some medals that had been in my family for as long as I can recall http://alsdomain.weebly.com/whats-happening/a-mystery-medal .
The mystery unfolds.
The post was about three medals, two of which I was able to locate, and at the time of writing, the third was the mystery.
The War Medal 1939-45
This was given to any member of the Armed Services, or Merchant Navy, who served for at least 28 days in a theatre of war http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_Medal_1939%E2%80%931945 . Here the mystery starts because to my knowledge, none of my uncles was in either Navy (Royal, or Navy). My mother worked in the N.A.A.F.I. store in Middlesborough; one aunt was a parachute packer, at RAF Box, near Bath, and my other aunt was to young to be called up. My uncle Len was exempt from serving as his work as a fisherman was considered of national importance, and Uncle John was invalided after an accident on the docks at Redcar.
The 1939-45 Star
This medal was given for service for two months active service for Royal Air Force personnel. Army personnel had to complete four months service to qualify, and air crew had to fly at least one sortie in their two months. Naval personnel had complete 6 months service to qualify http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1939%E2%80%9345_Star
Special Constabulary Long Service medal
If this wasn't complex enough, the SCLS medal makes it almost impossible for the row to belong to my family. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Special_Constabulary_Long_Service_Medal#Special_Constabulary this medal was awarded for nine years unpaid service in the police force. Again, to my knowledge, none of my relatives were policemen; my father drove fire engines before he was posted to RAF Pune', India.
I am disregarding the fact the medals are not in order of merit, with the SCLS medal being on the right of the row. I doubt many people - other than specialists - knew the correct sequence, beyond the Victory Cross and the George Cross being in the top left corner.
I think these belong to a family, - I would love to return them to the family - my reasons for thinking this are:-
A) The collection contains an unusual ribbon.
B) None of the medals are of high status, almost anyone serving during WW2 could qualify for the first medals.
C) Only someone, to whom the SCLS medal meant something would go to the trouble of sewing it on the ribbon.
I might be wrong, the row could be a random selection, but anyone with knowledge would have questioned what the SCLS was for, and probably discarded it.