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WW1 Medal Found At Recycling Centre Returned To Soldiers Family


A medal awarded posthumously to a soldier, who was killed in World War One, will be returned to his family after it was found at a recycling centre.

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Private William George Starling served in the 8th Battalion Norfolk Regiment.

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The discovery of the WWI Victory medal in a box of coins was made by a member of Strumpshaw recycling centre staff.

News of the find was posted on social media earlier this month in the hope of reuniting the medal with relatives.

Through the help of the Royal Norfolk Regiment Museum and Pro-Gen Research contact was made with 89-year-old Joan Balls, the niece of Private William Starling. Many members of the family still live in Norwich and were thrilled to hear of the medal’s discovery.

Cllr Martin Wilby, Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Environment, Transport and Development Committee said: “Thanks to our recycling centre team we have this wonderful opportunity to reunite relatives of Private William Starling with his medal, and not only that,

“It’s really lovely to hear that this had led to two parts of his family being reunited after having lost contact”.

But the one thing that does remain a mystery is, who has been looking after the medal over the years up until this point?

William was born in 1895. He was listed as missing in service on 22 October 1917, aged 22, while fighting in Belgium. Reseach has revealed that he almost certainly died in action at Poelcappelle, probably Meunier House.

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