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Returning a missing World War 1 medal 70 years after being lost



This First World War medal was found using a metal detector by a man in Moruya. It was posthumously awarded to a Scotsman who was killed in action on The Somme in 1916.


Gary Traynor of Medals Gone Missing sleuth believe it was lost by his sister (Jessie) who came with her husband and children in 1926 to quarry granite for the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Gary Traynor says "This medal must be returned to the descendants of Private William 'Willie' McGUNIGAL in time for the Centenary of Armistice Day (Remembrance Day 2018 on 11th November). "It is the least we can do to honour the memory of this brave soldier who died in the fight for freedom. "The man who found this medal could easily have sold it and profited on eBay or other auction site. Instead, he believes it should be back with the rightful family and seeks no financial benefit from the medal. "We here at Medals Gone Missing (a 100% not for profit organisation) believe this wonderful man should return the medal in person to the rightful family as representative of a grateful Australia on the 11th November 2018 in time for the Centenary. "If you think that all war medals should be cherished and valued by the descendants of our veterans, please help. Mr Traynor has started a funding page to help return the medal. www.gofundme.com/return-missing-world-war-1-medal Mr Traynor suggests "If everybody could donate just $1 …. hopefully we will have enough to allow the medal to be hand delivered in honour of Private William McGunigal of the Royal Scots."

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