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people selling war medals!!!!!

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mrsshears Sun 07-Aug-11 09:55:49

AIBU? This really angers me! everything the recipient went through to get them only for one of his/her relatives to sell them for a couple of hundred quid!!!!
I have just watched this happen on dickinsons real deal and have seen it many times before on similair shows,i find it so disrespectful it makes my blood boil!!!!

bananasplitz Sun 07-Aug-11 09:56:04


ProfessionallyOffendedGoblin Sun 07-Aug-11 10:08:31

Don't know the specific case, but there have been instances of medal winners selling them because they actually need the cash. You can't eat bravery.

Happylander Sun 07-Aug-11 10:11:57

No matter how skint I am I will never sell my medals, my DH medals or his uncles medals. It is just wrong. If my son sells ours once we are dead I am going to haunt him!!! grin

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Sun 07-Aug-11 10:12:11

Agree with you, OP. It angers me too. I think it's ones of those possessions that has been so hard fought for and won by the original recipient that only the most money-grubbing louse would sell them instead of passing them down through the generations.

The exception is if it's the actual recipient selling them, they have the right.

Graciescotland Sun 07-Aug-11 10:14:28

I do think it's a bit awful but some people don't want/ need "stuff" to remember their relatives.

The UN give compressed cardboard medals to some of their peacekeepers I wonder if they'll be worth anything in years to come?

coastgirl Sun 07-Aug-11 10:14:28

I hate these shows for precisely that reason. Sell a vase, or a chest of drawers, not something like that. I once saw someone flog their grandma's sketch book - she had been a fashion student in the 1950s and the book of hand-drawn designs was incredible. Sold for about £50. Shocking.

MrsKravitz Sun 07-Aug-11 10:14:48

Im of the "I dont see the problem" brigade.

MrsKravitz Sun 07-Aug-11 10:16:20

Sorry, I should clarify Im not one for holding on to generational stuff. I have nothing from my parents or any other generation so it isnt a thing for me.

solidgoldbrass Sun 07-Aug-11 10:17:17

If the recipient is dead then she or he can't have any interest or say in what happens to the medals, so I see no reason why whoever inherited them shouldn't sell them. Some medal winners sell their own medals because they need the money, others because they want to make some kind of anti-war statement. People might also sell medals they inherited because the original medal winner might have been a shit to them (soldiers sometimes make hideously abusive parents/partners).
Basically, it's none of your business what other people do with their property.

TheMagnificentBathykolpian Sun 07-Aug-11 10:21:29

If you need money and you have nothing else of value, then sell them. They are only things at the end of the day. They do not contain the memories or the pride within them. Those things are in you.

It's no good sitting with an empty belly while you look at your pretty things.

Sirzy Sun 07-Aug-11 10:21:50

I think it's a shame people sell them as they are such an important part of family history, we have no war medals in the family but we do have a lovely hand painted book my great grandmother made and I would never sell that.

That said some people don't care about objects and aren't as sentimental so to them they see no wrong in selling them.
As long as there is nobody else in the family who would have wanted them then I see no wrong in them selling them

Maryz Sun 07-Aug-11 10:22:47

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

TidyDancer Sun 07-Aug-11 10:22:53

I agree entirely with the OP. It makes me very uncomfortable to see people treating war medals with such a lack of respect. I would never see my grandpa's medals. If I was desperate for money, other stuff would go, not the medals.

kiwimumof2boys Sun 07-Aug-11 10:23:19

I agree its terrible - have seen a few examples on tv lately (the people didn't seem to be needing the money). if you really aren't interested in holding onto them - donate them to a museum or something where at least future generations can appreciate them.

purplepidjin Sun 07-Aug-11 10:23:19

My Great-Uncle left his to an organisation - who promptly refused them. As did the further four or five organisations we offered them to.

They were sold and the money included in his estate (some of which benefited the organisation he originally willed the medals to) simply because, by this time, the whole drama had dragged on for months and the only people benefiting were the solicitors who had to send a letter every single time there was a change - all beneficiaries had to be consulted confused

I have memories of my Uncle. I don't need medals sad

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Sun 07-Aug-11 10:24:44

Doesn't mean that people don't have an opinion on it though, SGB. I happen to on this particular issue. Whether you're anti-war or not, to fight for your country and receive a medal for it is a heck of an accolade and no, I don't believe that it's decent to sell them off, I think they should be passed down through the generations, they're personal.

I think there's something rather despicable about benefitting from money from somebody you didn't like/have no respect for either.

GypsyMoth Sun 07-Aug-11 10:24:46

I used to go to military fairs with my ex. He was heavily into collecting, especially ss stuff.

I have seen the blue/White striped pyjamas for sale, as worn by concentration camp prisoners! But it was the ss uniform and military I hated. It's all out there though, big business and many fakes

MrsKravitz Sun 07-Aug-11 10:26:28

I just realised I dont have a single thing from past relatives. never thought about that before.

noddyholder Sun 07-Aug-11 10:29:00

I agree with sgb here! which is weird as I have totally disagreed with her another thread this am grin MN! Some people have no tie to material things and I am one of those. Memories are in my head and nothing tangible can replace those. They are just stuff to some people

TheMagnificentBathykolpian Sun 07-Aug-11 10:30:11

That's awful of those organisations, purple. We gave my grandad's medals (along with papers, ration books, a genuine nazi flag he had torn down! badges, bullets, photos... You name it, it was there. a huge box of stuff.)
to the royal tank museum in bovingdon. They were very grateful. If they'd turned them down it would have felt like such a snub to my grandad.

They've now got his collection there and it's lovely to think that people can see what is basically his whole life during the war.

But - adding to thread generally not talking to you now - I would never judge anyone for selling medals etc if they really needed money.

GypsyMoth Sun 07-Aug-11 10:34:56

I have never seen British medals go for massive amounts anyway. It's only if there is a combination of military cross etc and all provenance to go with it. Your average set if medals won't go for much

American dealers always buy the Brit stuff, more of it over there than over here

TheMagnificentBathykolpian Sun 07-Aug-11 10:38:16

bovingTon, not bovingDon, I mean.

flyingspaghettimonster Sun 07-Aug-11 12:33:03

Can't see any reason to keep them if they are not your own... I don't know any of my family that have ever been proud of their war medals... all the oldies in our family would probably be glad to know that selling them could mean a day out for the grand kids... they are just bits of metal if they have no sentimental value... I wouldn't think twice about selling any if I inherited them. I would be prouder to have a conscientious objector in my family history. I guess it depends on your own views on military, war etc.

applepies Sun 07-Aug-11 12:49:10

my grandad burnt his own medals

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