World War medal found in garden

1914-15 Star found in a Ferryden Garden
1914-15 Star found in a Ferryden Garden

A worn World War One medal was discovered by a Ferryden woman while she was digging in her garden.

Barbara Hands found the historical artefact at her home at Barns Brae, which belonged to Private J Buick, who was in the Highlanders.

The medal is a 1914-15 Star, a campaign medal of the British Empire, for service in World War One between August 5, 1914 and December 31, 1915.

The bronze medal was authorised in December 1918 and more than two million were issued.

A soldier’s service number, rank, name and regiment were inscribed on the flat rear face of the Star, but Barbara said: “I can’t make out the number as it is rather worn.

She is hoping that one of our readers might be able to identify Private Buick, so that the medal can be returned to his family.

“The BBC One programme ‘The One Show’ last week featured one of these medals being handed over to family after being found in similar circumstances,” said Barbara.

The medal was a four pointed star of bright bronze with its uppermost point replaced by a crown, with two upward-facing crossed swords across the face. The swords were surrounded by a wreath of oak leaves, with the Royal Cypher of King George V at the foot and a scroll inscribed ‘1914–15’ across the middle.

It was the same design as the 1914 Star.

The ribbon for the medal was red, white and blue, the colours of the Empire.

The 1914-15 and 1914 Stars was never awarded singly and those who received either medal were also awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

The combination of these three medals was given the nickname Pip, Squeak and Wilfred, who were popular cartoon characters in the Daily Mirror at the time.

Pip represented either the 1914-15 or the 1914 Star, Squeak represented the British War Medal, and Wilfred was the Victory Medal.