Medaille de Haute Silesie
Upper Silesia Medal
The Treaty of Versailles had
ordered a plebiscite in Upper Silesia to determine whether the
territory should be a part of Germany or Poland. Three uprisings
occurred, the last of which required a special deployment of the allied
army of occupation troops for peacekeeping and to ensure a trouble
Silesian Uprisings (Wikipedia page) for more detail on
The medal was created on the 22 September 1921, by
the inter-allied Government Commission of Upper Silesia to commemorate service
during this time, either in the allied military forces or with the
Description: 30mm diameter in bronze, with an
pivoting oak wreath suspension. Obverse; an oak spray overlain by a
Polish shield with a scroll bearing HAUTE SILESIE over. Reverse; the
inscription "COMMISSION INTERALLIEE DE GOUVERNEMENT ET DE PLEBISCITE.
1920 -1922". 30,000 medals were apparently issued.
Ribbon: Blue with a wide central yellow stripe.
British Forces served during the plebiscite
as part of the Army of the Rhine, and they would be entitled to this medal but I cannot recall seeing one with
other British material ?
appears to be the epicentre of operations during this period. The
Commonwealth War Graves Commission records that during the
concentration of British war graves in Germany during the period
1924-25, 11 burials in Oppeln from the period 1921 were transferred
Berlin South-Western Cemetery, with 33 post war graves remaining
We could find only 9 graves with 1921 dates of death in
this (Berlin) cemetery at CWGC, - I assume some (probably all) died
during the peacekeeping operations during the Plebiscite, whether
death was from natural causes or otherwise is unknown.:
Ayles, H. Sig. 2311321 R. Signals 23/08/1921
Hanson, O. Dvr. 1020332 62 Bty. RFA 07/06/1921
Mills, F. J. Spr. 1849188 RE Railway Transport Est. 19/08/1921
Paterson, W. Pte. 2746563 2nd Btn Black Watch 03/06/1921
Reck, Frederick. Sgt. 7868168 5th Btn Tank Corps. 21/08/1921
Sawyer, L.Pte. 4435387 1st DLI 20/08/1921
Waknell, J. T. Sgt. 4435228 1st DLI 15/07/1921 (won the French Croix
Walsh, F. Pte. 7111229 Royal Irish Fus. 28/07/1921
Watkins, Frank Joshua. Sig. 2306972 R. Signals 01/07/1921
Can anyone shed some light on the above casualties or can anyone
provide the names of the 33 graves remaining in Opole Town Cemetery
? the burials do not appear to be in the care of the CWGC.