Information on war medal needed

Eric Foggin holding the Welcome Home medal belonging to his grandfather Walter Foggin as Harry Archbold, chairman of Blackhall Local History Group, looks on
Eric Foggin holding the Welcome Home medal belonging to his grandfather Walter Foggin as Harry Archbold, chairman of Blackhall Local History Group, looks on
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A GROUP of historians are trying to find out more about a 90-year-old war medal.

The Blackhall Local History Group is appealing for any information on the Welcome Home medal.

The brass disc, which bears the words “Blackhall Welcome Home Fund for services rendered in the Great War 1914-1919”, was handed to the group by member Eric Foggin.

The medal was presented to Mr Foggin’s grandfather, Walter Foggin, who served with the Durham Light Infantry during the First World War.

The group say it is a mystery as to who presented the award as the village of Blackhall was just 10 years old in 1919 and there would not have been many inhabitants.

The organisation’s treasurer, Stan Gray, said: “We do know that one was presented in Washington, as well as others in Shildon and Birmingham.

“The one in Shildon was presented to a Mr J Jackson by the Club and Institute Union (CIU) for local workingmen’s clubs.

“But we all want to know more.”

Retired pipe-fitter Mr Gray, 67, who lives in the village, said the group felt like they were “banging our heads against a brick wall” when it came to finding out information about the medal, which is two inches wide and made of gold.

They have contacted forces associations and Durham County Council and emailed the CIU, but have still not been able to find out more.

The group would like to know who funded and awarded the medal in 1919 and if any others could be tucked away in drawers and cupboards.

Anyone with information can call Mr Gray on (0191) 5864809 or 079317 10148.