Edit: It now seems that I may have misguided readers with regards to this thread as I have now found some documents that show that the certificates were collected from the Town Hall by the servicemen (although the newspaper article shown at the end of this thread states that some of the scrolls were presented at the reception). I have also seen some invitation books which lists hundreds of additional soldiers who were invited to the Civic Reception. I will need to cross reference whether all the gallantry medal winners were indeed invited.
Here is the document that shows that the certificates were collected from the Town Hall.
In 1920 Salford Council invited all men from the City who had been awarded a gallantry medal to the Salford Civic Reception to Discharged Sailors, Soldiers and Airman held at Belle Vue Gardens. In preparation for inviting the medal winners some research was undertaken.
List of gallantry medal winners compiled by Salford Council:
Invitations were sent out to all the men. The men were allowed to bring a guest but as there wasn't enough room to feed/host all the men and their guest in one room tickets for free refreshments were issued.
This letter sent to the council from Thomas Buckley tells how his son, William Buckley (21291) of the Royal Lancaster Regiment, won the Military Medal "while under 'heavy fire', & at the time he gained the distinction he was assisting the late 'Capt Chavasse', who, at the same time won the V.C."
Captain Noel Chavasse was the only man to be awarded the V.C. twice during the Great War
Pte Sidney Lee (36719), 2nd Bn, Worcestershire Regt - DOW at Bray-sur-Somme on 18th February 1917
Sgt Charles Roberts (13668), 11th Bn, Manchester Regiment (pictured) - KIA during at trench raid at Hulluch, France on 18th May 1918
Bombardier John Hesford (70065), 147th Heavy Battery, RGA DOW 4th September 1918
Private 4131324 Sidney Lee, 8th Bn, Cheshire Regiment, KIA during the bombing of Wallasey on 12th March 1941
We hope to get these indexed in the coming weeks. All the names will be listed on the forums.
These items were brought from the old Town Hall building, Bexley Square, which has recently closed and is currently up for sale. We have been informed that there are many more documents (not necessarily relating to the Great War, but important in there own right) still stored there and there are no plans to have these documents archived prior to the buildings sale.
Our thanks must go to the archivist at Salford Library who has just received notice that, due to the cuts in expenditure, will lose her job in six weeks time.