Local fundraisers donate WW1 medals to military museum

11/01/2018

A couple of local fundraisers have donated some iconic WW1 medals to the Fusilier Museum, Bury.

 

Paul and Ben Fox presented the medals to Chairman Colonel Brian Gorski and Sarah Stevenson, Collections Manager on a recent visit to the museum.

 

The medals which are affectionately named Pip, Squeak and Wilfred were awarded during the First World War. All three medals were worn together and in the same order from left to right — The 1914 Star or 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal respectively.

 

The medals were mainly issued after the First World War and when the daily mirror ran a popular comic strip which was entitled Pip, Squeak and Wilfred. The names of the characters became associated with the three campaign medals which were issued to many thousands of returning servicemen. The title has stuck ever since.

 

These particular medals belonged to a Private Stanley Beazley who served in the 2nd/5th Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers. It is believed that Stanley lived in Bury when he signed up to the regiment and he served in France during the First World War before being discharged in March 1919.

 

The medals will now be displayed in the Quartermaster’s Store at the museum alongside other medals from ex fusiliers.

 

Colonel Brian Gorski, Chair of the Board of Trustees at the museum said” It was a great honour to meet Paul and Ben and show them round the museum. We are extremely grateful to them both for donating these iconic medals and allowing us to display them in our medal collection. This kind donation means that our visitors can see them for themselves and ultimately the medals are back where they belong.”

 

Paul Fox added “We saw these medals for sale on eBay and immediately knew that we wanted to make sure that they found their way to a natural home with the museum. So we purchased them and got them back into safe hands. We are humbled to know that future generations will be able to view them and they will be with others in the collection.”

 

The Fusilier Museum in Bury, Lancashire, is home to the collections of XX The Lancashire Fusiliers and the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Documenting over 300 years of history and heritage through permanent and temporary exhibitions, the Museum tells the rich and fascinating stories of the people who have served and continue to service in the Regiments.

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