Port Erin man Barry Bridson’s interest was piqued when he saw Mark Leadley’s discovery of one William Henry Gelling’s 1919 Victory campaign medal on the front page of the Examiner last month.
A collector and researcher of Manx military history, Mr Bridson has the Military Medal of a William Henry Gelling, and has been searching for some years for the British War and Victory medals that would complete the set.
‘I have been very lucky in the past, reuniting missing medals, death plaques and photographs in my collection,’ said Mr Bridson. ‘I was hoping that Mark had one of the missing medals to William Henry Gelling. Sadly, I think this is two different Gellings.’
Mr Bridson has collected for 25 years, and bought WH Gelling’s Military Medal from a UK dealer in 2005. ‘The good thing about Manx surnames is they’re quite distinctive when they come up on the lists,’ he said.
Mr Bridson’s Gelling enlisted in February 9, 1916, in the 8th Battalion Border Regiment, and was discharged October 7, 1918.
‘I’d like find more information. In the past I have had some luck from newspaper articles,’ said Paul, who can be contacted on 835651 or at email@example.com