I am not related to James Corby but I am trying to find his ancestry. I am a Canadian (and yes, we suck in the Olympics) I purchased medal (no comrac on theMessage 1 of 3 , Aug 15, 2008View Source
I am not related to James Corby but I am trying to find his ancestry. I am a Canadian (and yes, we suck in the Olympics) I purchased medal (no comrac on the black and tan) from a reputable person in New York who is a collector of Irish medals. He had purchase the medals from a Dublin collector and the name I was given was James Corby. I am trying to find out more information as provenance more than anything. I don’t know if the records are open to access. I just wrote to them and received a letter back. In a nutshell, I am trying to find out if the name is legitimate and other information about service, dob, country, etc. It’s like a history project. Should I write to the pensions office in Galway?
It sounds as though the record referred is one of those that was kept at the pensions office in Galway until recently - the pension and medal application were interwoven since the pension award was related to the type of service with active service being recognised by the COMRAC (Combat) clasp. These record can contain a lot of detail since the application asked for details of specific service and actions.
You don't make clear if James Corby is related to you? I ask since I didn't know that the records in question were open to general access. I would certainly like to know if they are.
--- On Tue, 8/12/08, rich&marie prudom <richmarie@...> wrote:
From: rich&marie prudom <richmarie@...>
Subject: [milgenire] James Corby - Irish War of Independence
Received: Tuesday, August 12, 2008, 1:30 PM
I’ve been searching the Internet to get information on the late James Corby. I am looking for a birth date parents, residence or any information linking his participation in the Irish War of Independence from 1919-21. Here is why.
Recently, I came into ownership of two Irish medals. The first being a War of Independence medal issued in 1941; the other being a 1921-1971 Survivors medal also known as the Truce Commemorative Medal 1971. I understand that the recipient was living at the time he was awarded the medals (in this case would have been at 1916 and 1971) as the Truce Medal was awarded to living persons.
To make a long story short, I was given the name James Corby, of which these medals apparently belonged to. That is all I know, so it’s like starting from scratch. All I have received to date is a letter from the D of D (M. Kilcommins) stating that a file reference has been found in respect of a Medal Application for James Corby. The file has been requested from the M.A. and I will be contacted when it comes into hand. I’m not sure the waiting period.
I figure he was born in the late 1880’s or 1890’s maybe 1900’s.