WWI medal returned to Brussels - Oct. 26, 2017
BY DENNY SCOTT
As part of a special awards ceremony at the Brussels Legion on Sunday, Pvt. Angus Duncan Kerr’s British World War I medal was returned to his hometown of Brussels.
The medal, which honours Kerr’s involvement in World War I, during which he was killed in action and his body was never found, was located on eBay and purchased by Dave Thomson.
Thomson is a St. George resident who has made a habit of rescuing such honours from private collections to return them to the families and villages that raised their recipients.
He contacted Huron East Deputy-Mayor Joe Steffler and his wife Lin when he discovered the medal and, after a few discussions, purchased the medal for 65£, or approximately $110 Canadian.
Steffler delivered the medal for the presentation on the weekend, saying it would be displayed alongside other medals and artifacts the Legion keeps.
“It’s sure great to get it back home where it belongs,” said Joe in an interview with The Citizen. “Kerr is on the Vimy Memorial and the Brussels Cenotaph and it’s important to have this back where it belongs.”
Steffler said Kerr’s descendants are still being sought, however, the medal will have a place of honour at the Brussels Legion Branch as long as it can.
Legion President Jamie Mitchell agreed, also saying it was important to have the medal back.
“It’s great to have this piece of the village’s history back,” he said. “We looked forward to getting it home.”
Mitchell said he was thankful for Thomson’s efforts because there are many medals being sold on the internet and their recipients deserve better.
“These aren’t being cherished and their meaning isn’t being honoured,” he said. “We’re glad to be able to display this one in the Legion, in the community where Kerr is from, because that is where it will be respected.”