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A COROWA couple’s garden has turned up a treasure — a World War I British war medal.
Now Reg and Mandy Clancy want to find the family of its owner.
Mr Clancy found the medal while mowing and assumed it was just a coin until that night, when showing his wife, he realised it was too heavy to be a penny. When they scratched away the dirt, the medal — perhaps belonging to a Private Walter Stirling — was revealed.
“It will be an interesting journey if it finds its way home after all this time,” Mrs Clancy said.
“You can hold it in your hand and just imagine.
“Who knows how it got in our backyard and how long it’s been there.”
Mrs Clancy said a bust of King George V and a mounted steed on the back had made them realise they had found something special.
She received a vital clue to finding the owner identity from her Facebook posting of the medal.
She was told it would have the soldier’s name engraved on the rim if it was a war medal.
Sure enough, there it was: Private W. Stirling, No. 3466.
Mrs Clancy found the “W” could be for Albury born Walter Stirling who enlisted, on July 14, 1915, when 35. He embarked on the HMAT Nestor (ship A71) on October 11, 1915 with the 6th Infantry Battalion of Australian Imperial Forces.
He had no wife or children at the time.
“That doesn’t mean he didn’t marry when he returned,” Mrs Clancy said.
“We’d love to get this back to the family.”
Mrs Clancy said she would donate the medal to the Albury RSL if she couldn’t find a relative.
“I would love to put a face to the name,” she said.
“We’ve lived in that house for 12 years — it’s quite odd it appeared just now. It’s like it wanted to be found.”
If you can help, contact Mrs Clancy on 0419 334 125.