Staff at Vancouver Island Military Museum hope the owner of a First World War edition of the Military Medal will come forward. The medal was found by a City of Nanaimo worker while cleaning up garbage in early December. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Staff at Vancouver Island Military Museum hope the owner of a First World War edition of the Military Medal will come forward. The medal was found by a City of Nanaimo worker while cleaning up garbage in early December. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Military museum in Nanaimo hopes to reunite First World War medal with owner

Medal awarded for bravery turned over to museum after it was found by city worker

Staff at Vancouver Island Military Museum hope the public can help them find the owner of a First World War medal.

According to museum staff, the medal was turned over to the museum by a city worker who found it while cleaning garbage from an encampment for people experiencing homelessness in early December.

The decoration is the Military Medal, established in 1916 and awarded to non-commissioned officers and lower ranks of the British Army and those of British Commonwealth countries, according to Veterans Affairs Canada, for “acts of gallantry and devotion to duty under fire.”

The found medal bears the image of King George V in a field marshal’s uniform and a legend that identifies it as a First World War edition. The recipient’s surname, rank and regimental number are stamped around the edge of the medal.

The Military Medal was issued until 1993. Canadians received 13,654 of the medals.

Anyone with information about who owns the medal is asked to call the Vancouver Island Military Museum at 250-753-3814.

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