December 2020 Journal out now

The December 2020 Journal is now available and covers the following topics:

The 1901 Royal Tour of Australia and New Zealand, and the Queen’s South Africa Medal - presentation of several thousand Queen’s South Africa Medals to returned soldiers of the colonies and dominions
Q-ship survivor lost both parents in Luftwaffe bombing raid - The story behind Ernest Benham and his service in both the Royal Navy and the Pioneer Corps
Peter Sweeney: a wandering boy, did his early life foreshadow his later misbehaviour? - An interesting insight into an individual with information found in his records
Identification of an early Order of the Thistle badge - IN 2001 THE National Museums Scotland acquired a gilt brass badge associated with the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, here is its story
Walter Owen Bentley, MBE - 2019 saw the 100th anniversary of the founding of Bentley Motors, here's the story behind its founder WO Bentley
Holder of Malaysia’s ‘upgraded by Treasury’ George Cross dies - The story ofDatuk Awang anak Raweng, who died at the age of 91 and was awarded the George Cross for his gallantry during the Malaya Emergency in the early 1950s 
Arthur and Dora: reunited after a century - The story of how the lives of Arthur Butt and Dora Yeates, the girl who once made his teenage heart beat a little faster, were reassembled due to research
The Polish Cross of Valour (Krzyż Walecznych): Part IV  - Types of crosses awarded during and after the Second World War by the Allied Polish Government in the West
Captain Wilson: one of the ‘Famishing fifty’  - The story of Captain. Wilson, a naval officer whose career began in the Merchant Navy, he then joined the Royal Naval Reserve and finally transferred to the Royal Navy
A Chelsea Pensioner returns to Ladysmith - In 1950, the 72-year-old Ernest Hawksbee went back to South Africa for the 50th anniversary of the siege of Ladysmith,  he was the only ex-KRRC man to go, here is his story
Petropaulovsk 1854: a no-medal naval action -  Through this article perhaps readers will discover that they have a medal to someone who participated in this attack on 4 September 1854
Major F.V. Jeffreys, RE: a sapper’s China experience - The story of some 416 engraved ‘Dragons’ given to British and Indian Army officers in accordance with a charter
Royal Marine Artillery officers serving with the Royal Garrison Artillery during the First World War - The story behind why an RMA officer would transfer to the RGA during the First World War