Mystery war medal to be returned to Ireland
Part of a mystery about a long-lost war medal from World War I has been solved.
Sunnyvale resident Colin Beaumont, 71, has been in possession of a Victory Medal – a medal given to those who served overseas in World War I – for about five years.
He’s been trying to track down the family of its owner ever since it was given to him by his neighbour who he says found it in a pile of rubbish in West Auckland. He has been keeping it safe in a drawer at home.
Since approaching the Western Leader last month in search of the medal’s owner, Beaumont has received information from the Royal Artillery Museum in London about the soldier who was awarded the medal.
The Victory Medal belonged to Michael Hanlon who enlisted in the British Army in 1917 and was discharged in 1919. The museum states his last known address was in Limerick, Ireland and he is thought to have been born in 1898 in Tipperary.
He married and had one son named Gerard who died in World War II and had no children.
Beaumont says he now plans to send the medal, along with the information about it, to Limerick Museum in the hope that Hanlon’s ‘‘memory will endure’’.
‘‘How this medal turned up in New Zealand a century later is a mystery that may never be solved.’’
Colin Beaumont, 71, has been trying to find the owner of this British navy Allied Victory Medal from World War I.