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What is the story of Great War medal?

First World War medal issued to Private Robert Callister of Baldine which has been donated to the Manx Aivation and Military Museum

First World War medal issued to Private Robert Callister of Baldine which has been donated to the Manx Aivation and Military Museum

Bosses at the Manx Aviation and Military Museum are keen to solve the mystery of a First World War medal.

Director Ivor Ramsden wants to contact a lady who donated the medal to the museum last weekend.

The medal was issued to Private Robert Callister of Baldrine, who never came home from the Western Front.

Ivor said: ‘I am working on a new exhibition covering the exploits of Manx men and women in the Great War. It will open next year to coincide with the centenary of the start of the conflict and this medal is just the sort of thing we need for display.

‘We always record full details when people donate items but for some reason this time we didn’t and I should be very grateful if the lady would contact me on 822695 or 454596. I should like to know anything she can tell me about Robert Callister because he was one of the many Manxmen who never came home from the battlefields and I should like to acknowledge his sacrifice in our exhibition.’

Private Callister died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, on March 21, 1918, and is buried in France.

Ivor said: ‘We are very keen to hear from anybody who might have items from the First World War who might be prepared to donate or loan them for display. It is even better if the items have a story associated with them.

‘It doesn’t need to be a story of great heroism – tales of everyday life are just as important because they help us to add the personal details that history ignores.’

The museum is open from 10am to 4.30pm every day until the end of September. All work for the new exhibition is done by volunteers but donations will be welcome to pay for materials needed for the cabinets, including wood, glass and lighting equipment.

 

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