Medal may find new home


A World War 1 medal that once belonged to the family of a North Otago man killed in the conflict may finally find its rightful place.

Several years ago, Oamaru woman Margery Uttley unearthed a medal that bore the name of John William (Jack) Cowan, a farmer from Kia Ora who was killed in 1918, while gardening at her 19 Till St property.

The medal Mrs Uttley dug up was a British War Medal, one of two that were generally awarded during the conflict.

By Daniel Birchfield

PHOTO: DANIEL BIRCHFIELD – Margery Uttley, left, Greg Hall, Julia Tisdall and Jim Caldwell with a portrait of John Cowan, who was killed in World War 1. Mrs Uttley found Mr Cowan’s British War Medal buried in her garden several years ago.

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