An interesting first world war medal to F.A.PETTINGELL ASST STG MFA. Interesting as the awards to the MFA, Mercantile Fleet Auxiliary (civilian shipping), are without a rank but the role / trade is mentioned – ASST STG being assistant …. STG?
An interesting pair of british great war medals earned by B GREY FMN MFA, A “Fireman” in the Mercantile fleet auxiliary. This is a civilian who was in effect a “stoker” (he who shovels coal or clinker to keep the boilers going on old steam powered ships) but at the time was called a fireman, very different to todays fireman profession. Note the fact that there is no military serial number assigned to this gentleman.