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Bid to return lost medal to Great War soldier’s family
A KIDDERMINSTER woman who found a First World War medal in a box of old coins wants to return it to the family of its owner.
Linda Woods, 63, was clearing out a cabinet when she stumbled on a box of “bits and pieces” unearthed by her brother William Rook, who was a member of a metal-detecting club.
The medal, according to its inscription, belonged to a Private PJ Harrison, service number 2417, and Mrs Woods has found out he was from Kidderminster and in the Worcestershire Regiment.
The medal was part of a large collection of items found by Mr Rook in the Habberley Valley area.
When he died in 2005, his wife Margaret Rook and Mrs Woods took his finds to Hartlebury Museum and gifted a collection of Roman coins, Roman brooches and tudor belt buckles to the attraction.
Mrs Woods said: “The specialist at the museum gave me back a fake Roman coin and a few other bits and pieces. To be honest I didn’t realise one was a medal.
“I was cleaning out the cabinet and found this collection of coins. I thought to myself ‘I didn’t think I had two fake Roman coins’ as the medal was similar to a coin.
“But I could see there was a little bump on the top of one of them where the ribbon would go. I’ve got a good jewellery cleaning cloth and I was stunned when I cleaned it up.”
Mrs Woods went online to the facebook page Kidderminster Past to appeal for Mr Harrison’s relatives.
Facebook users helped to find out that his name was Percy John Harrison and he had three sons, called Cyril, Bernard and John and two daughters, Margaret and Jean.
Another facebook user discovered a record of Mr Harrison living in Oxford Street in 1911 at the age of 20.
Mrs Woods added: “Hopefully, there is still someone who knows the family. Because of the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War next year, I’d like to give it back to the surviving relatives.”
Do you know the relatives of Private PJ Harrison? Call reporter Becky Carr on 01562 633346 or email email@example.com
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