A missing First World War medal (British War Medal) awarded to Private J. PARR, service number 265565 who served with the South Lancashire Regiment during the 1914-1918 war has been found. And thankfully, the people who currently have this medal in their possession are seeking to have the lost war medal reunited with a descendant of this man who served his country during this conflict.
IMAGE RIGHT: A British War Medal, similar to that awarded to Private J. PARR, service number 265565 who served with the South Lancashire Regiment during the Great War. The medal was found at a waste disposal site.
This medal was found at the side of a compactor at a waste disposal site, by the husband of the current medal custodian and who rescued it. This missing British War Medal bears the inscription on the edge ‘265565 PTE J.PARR. S.LAN .R’ and still bears the medal ribbon. The current custodians of the medal hope to have the medal returned to the family of Private J. PARR as they appreciate the sentimental value that such awards represent to a family.
With the approach of the Centenary of the First World War, it is hoped that a descendant of J. PARR will be found. This missing war medal is not for general sale and will only be returned to a descendant of Private J. PARR upon strict proof of relationship.
The South Lancashire Regiment (The Prince of Wales’s Volunteers) formed a part of the British Army from 1881 through to 1958, through an amalgamation of the 40th (2nd Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot and the 82nd (Prince of Wales’s Volunteers) Regiment of Foot; as a part of the Childers reforms. During the Great War, its various battalions served on the North-West Frontier, the Western Front and one battalion was a depot and training battalion stationed in Lancashire during the course of the war. Territorial and war-service battalions fought during the Dardenelles campaign (Gallipoli), in Mesopotamia and Macedonia.
Without further research, it is not known at this present time where Private J. PARR served – or which Battalion he was allotted within the Regiment. However, his service number will assist his family geneologists in confirming any descendancy.
With 2014 just around the corner (Centenary of the start of the 1914-1918 war) the current custodians of this missing British War Medal hope that a descendant of J. PARR will be found. This missing war medal is not for general sale and will only be returned to a descendant of Private J. PARR upon strict proof of relationship. Please contact the Medals Gone Missing Administrator for further details by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org