Family of WWI medal owner sought - The Rugby Observer

Family of WWI medal owner sought

Rugby Editorial 6th Aug, 2014 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

THE SEARCH is on for the family of a First World War solider whose medal was found in a shed in Rugby.

Edward White Follows of the Worcestershire Regiment was awarded the victory medal for service during the Great War.

Mr Follows was born in 1889, in Romsley, Worcestershire, and died in 1968 in Stratford, but it is a mystery how the medal finished up in Rugby.

The medal was found in the shed by two friends who are keen to return it to the Mr Follows’ family.




Barman Graham Banks, who was helping his friend take down the shed after she had moved into the property, said: “When the roof fell down, I saw a gold chain which looked like a cheap piece of costume jewellery.

“I googled what was written on the medal itself and saw it was a First World War victory medal.”


Family tree researcher Mark Chambers has already been digging in the hope of tracing Mr Follows’ relatives.

It is believed he married Jean Stedham, in Stratford, in 1943. The couple went on to have two children – Elizabeth and Edward.

Mr Chambers’ research found Elizabeth had died in 2004, but he believes Edward could still be alive and living in Warwickshire.

Edward White Follows had one sister and three brothers, all of whom have since passed away.

Email [email protected] if you have any information which could help trace relatives of Mr Follows.

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