The medal

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Philip Hynes’s First World War 1915 Star medal after cleaning.

Philip Hynes’s First World War 1915 Star medal after cleaning.

Benny Gallagher’s house is on the edge of Glenveagh National Park and just a quarter of a mile from the birthplace of St Colmcille. Last year, while he was digging in his garden, he found a medal, which he sent into our school for identification. We cleaned it using Coke, and inscribed on the back was ‘P. Hynes, 4084, Leinster Regiment’. It turned out to be a First World War 1915 Star, given to all soldiers who had fought in that year. The medal belonged to a Philip Hynes from Tipperary. So how did the medal end up in a garden in Donegal? We started to piece the story together.

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