Medals awarded to a Doncaster soldier almost a century ago have turned up 150 miles away in the north-east of England - and no-one knows how they got there.
John Hemstock, who lives in Northumberland, was sorting out his late father’s estate when he came across the trio of campaign medals presented to the family of Gunner George Eyre, who was killed in the trenches of the First World War.
Now John, who has no knowledge of how the medals came into his father’s possession, is hoping to reunite them with Gnr Eyre’s descendants, if there are any still living in Doncaster.
“I found the medals in a cloth bag when going through my deceased father’s belongings.
“There were three medals – the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal, all collectively known as ‘Pip, Squeak and Wilfred’ – and a Memorial Plaque.
“My father was Wilfred Hemstock, from Lincoln, and I have asked around the family but they know of no connection and have never heard the name mentioned.
“I would very much like to re-unite any relatives of George with his medals, especially in this centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War.”
John’s research shows George was in the Royal Field Artillery, service number 90176, and was born in Doncaster.
He enlisted in Doncaster, possibly in April 1915, and first fought in Egypt, before transferring to the Western Front where he was killed in action in France/Flanders on April 17, 1917.
John’s grandfather served in the Grenadier Guards in WWI.
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