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'Proud' grandson wears 1920 medal
Arthur Davies
Arthur Davies was a young man when he joined the army
A man who discovered his grandfather volunteered to fight Russia's Red Army almost 90 years ago, will wear his bravery medal on Remembrance Sunday.

Stuart Davies knew his grandfather fought in World War I, but only recently discovered he signed up for more action after the 1917 revolution.

Papers with Arthur Davies's 1920 Military Medal were stolen from the Wrexham family's home in the 1960s.

Mr Davies said he would wear the medal with "pride" in Llangollen on Sunday.

He said he has been told by the British Legion he can wear his grandfather's Military Medal, and others, on his right breast to lay a wreath at the Denbighshire town's war memorial.

The medal's owners traditionally wear them on their left breast.

Mr Davies, an independent councillor with Denbighshire County Council, said: "I will wear my granddad's medals on Sunday with enormous pride, along with his son, my dad's medals - the third generation to wear them with pride.

"My pockets will contain plenty of hankies. I have had a few emotional minutes this week, talking about a brave man who has given me inspiration.

Stuart Davies with his grandfather's medals (photo
Stuart Davies wants to learn more about his grandfather's medals

"He was an alderman in Wrexham and when people ask why I became a councillor, part of my answer is because of the inspiration coming from my granddad."

Mr Davies knows the medal was for bravery in the field, but still wants to discover exactly why it was awarded to his grandfather.

The Military Medal was awarded to non-commissioned ranks and was their equivalent of the Military Cross for bravery.

Mr Davies learned about the rarity of his grandfather's honours when he mentioned them in passing to Denbighshire Council chief executive, Ian Miller.

Mr Miller, an amateur military historian, recognised one medal as from the Archangel campaign, when Britain sent troops and supplies to the anti-Bolshevik "white" forces in Russia after the armistice.

He concluded Arthur Davies served with a territorial battalion of the Royal Welch Fusiliers and had been in France in November 1914.

Another check suggested Mr Davies later transferred to the Royal Fusiliers in London. It is thought he was discharged in 1918 or 1919, before volunteering to go to Russia.

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