How a WWI medal ended up with the Sally Army

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MONTROSE resident Adam Horton, King Street, popped round to the Review office the other day with an intriguing tale of a First World War Medal.

He is a long-standing member of the Salvation Army and for a number of years went round local pubs with copies of the Army’s ‘War Cry’ newspaper, which pointed out the evils of alcohol.

Donations were sought for the Salvation Army.

In about 1975 he did his usual round and, on returning home started to check the ‘takings’.

Mr Horton was used to all sorts of odd things appearing in the collection, from one-armed bandit tokens to trouser buttons, but he gasped as he realised that the larger item he had in his hand was one of the medals awarded to all servicemen who had taken part in hostilities during 1914-18.

Because he was unsure of where it had been dropped in the collection he decided the best policy was to wait until someone discovered their medal was missing and realised what they must have done with it.

But nobody did come to the Salvation Army about it, and the medal was put away in a box, only to reappear quite recently.

Whilst the original owner will no longer be alive, he wonders if some descendent will recognise the details of the medal.

It is inscribed ‘Corporal G. Smith MGC’, which we believe stands for Machine Gun Corps.

And Corporal Smith’s number is 42339.

If anyone can shed any light on the mysterious medal, please contact the Review, 63 Murray Street, Montrose, call 01674 or e-mail news@montrosereview.com