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Police seek rightful owners of First World War medals

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Langley RCMP are trying to reunite some First World War commendation medals with their rightful owners, after they were found in a vacant Langley City apartment.

In April, police were called out to the vacant apartment. Officers noted several items strewn around the apartment — likely property stolen during break-ins, said Cpl. Holly Marks.

Some of the items recovered could have strong sentimental value. However, police have been unable to determine their rightful owner.

Of particular note are two First World War commendation medals, The Star and the Victory medal.  These medals were issued to all ranks of the Canadian military who saw service during the First World War.

The Star recovered is engraved with “R. HIGHRS” and the Victory medal is engraved with “2374 PT. A. ALEXANDER R. HIGHRS.”  Investigators have made inquiries with Veterans Affairs Canada and determined these medals are actually British, likely issued to a British Regiment, the Royal Highlanders who fought out of Newfoundland during the war.

Further research and inquiries have not been fruitful, in locating the current owners or descendants of Private Alexander.

Also recovered was a bag containing several dozen foreign coins, most of which were small in denomination, and from countries belonging to the British Commonwealth.

Police would like to see these items returned to their rightful owners.  If you have any information that would assist in this regard, call Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200.

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