Help to solve mystery of war medallion

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A WHITBY man who found a mysterious medallion in an old drawer hopes it can be returned to the family who should own it.

Frank Lupton, of Love Lane, was clearing out the drawer where medals that belonged to his father, grandfather and a great uncle were kept when he came across it.

Describing the medallion, he said: “It’s looks as though it could have been home made and is very thin and worn.

“I just want it to go to the family it belongs to.”

An inscription on one side of the medallion reads ‘Hawsker-cum-Stainsacre’s Gratitude Great War 1914 –18 G. Hoggarth’.

On the reverse is shown a symbolic figure of peace between two soldiers shaking hands. Below it are the words Victory and Peace.

Members of Frank’s own family were serving soldiers, including his father, who was also named Frank Lupton. He was born in 1911 and was called up in Whitby on 17 July 1940.

He served in World War Two in the Green Howards with 11 Battalion until he was posted to Europe to the Highland Light Infantry Headquarters 152 Infantry Brigade in August 1944 as a sergeant.

Frank’s grandfather, William Walter Lupton, was born in 1880 and was called up in Hull as a gunner with the Royal Artillery in World War One.

Frank’s great uncle George Harrison, born in 1894 at New Gardens in Green Lane, Whitby was called up and served as a private in the Yorkshire Regiment in World War One but was killed. George’s parents adopted his daughter Irene who was known as Dolly.

Anyone with information that could help Frank restore the medallion to its rightful owners can contact him on (01947) 603669.