Amherst museum curator helping repatriate First World War medal with veteran’s family -Cape Breton Post

Are you related to Pte. R.C. McDonald from the Glace Bay area?

Seen here is a First World War Victory Medal belonging to Pte. R.C. McDonald of the 25th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry. McDonald is believed to be from the Caledonia Mines-Glace Bay area. A retired Canadian Navy commander is attempting to locate McDonald’s descendants.  – Darrell Cole


“Ray Coulson is trying to solve a mystery that’s more than four decades old.

Sometime in the late 1970s a young woman was snorkeling off Hawaii when she found a First World War Victory Medal. She didn’t realize what she had found at the time, but she held onto it thinking that someday it would be nice to find its owner.

Fast forward to 2018 and retired Navy commander Philippe Menard and his wife, the woman who found the medal, were cleaning up their Ottawa area home in preparation for a move. They rediscovered the medal and decided to try to repatriate it with its owners.

That’s where Coulson comes in.”

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