War medal recovered – 70 years on

Walter and Cliff Hankinson with their father's medal.
Walter and Cliff Hankinson with their father's medal.

A FAMILY heirloom has been returned to after being missing for decades.

A First World War British War medal belonging to a W Hankinson had been found a number of years previously by Alan McGinley.

Recently, Alan and his son Rob, a joint course leader at TyneMet College in Wallsend, set about trying to track down the rightful owner’s family.

The pair placed an advert in A Creeful of Coals asking if anyone could help track down the Hankinson family.

A short time later, they were contacted by Cliff Hankinson, 85, of Lynemouth, who saw the article and said he was the son of Walter Hankinson.

Cliff believed the medal had belonged to his father but it had gone missing in the early 1940s.

Walter had served in the Northumberland Fusiliers but was attached to the Highland Regiment later in the war.

Further evidence was carried out, including using family historian Lawrence Routledge, and it was found that the medal did belong to Walter – much to the delight of Cliff and the McGinley family.

Rob and his father Alan had the medal restored to its former glory, with the correct ribbon, and had it mounted in a commemorative presentation box.

Rob said: “My dad had looked after the medal.

“My father and I are delighted that it has now been returned to its rightful owners.”