Hunt for Rightful Owners of Great War Medal

Irish Independent, Thursday, November 13, 2008

A Man who discovered a World War 1 medal in the grounds of a church has enlisted the help of his local museum to track down the artefact’s rightful owner.

The Clare Museum in Ennis has put on display a Victory Medal which was awarded to Private Patrick King of the British Army’s South Lancashire Regiment 2nd Battalion. It is understood Pte King was originally from the Turnpike in Ennis. The medal was found in mud on the ground of Clarecastle Church in Clare by local man Alan Barnes. He gave it to the Clare Museum after it sought artefacts relating to the so-called “War To End All Wars”.

Despite discovering that Pte King was originally from Ennis and that he died of wounds received in France on February 2, 1915, the local taxi-driver has been unable to track down the serviceman’s family.

Curator of Clare Museum, John Rattigan said, “We have placed the medal on display in a bid to track down members of Private King’s family, who are the artefact’s original owners”.

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