Private Robert McMaster (Image: SWNS)

WW1 Private's Medals Reunited With Family

Private Robert McMaster was 19 when he was killed on the battlefields of France in 1918.

Private Robert McMaster (Image: SWNS)

Private Robert McMaster was serving near Wancourt, in the north of France, when he was killed on March 24, 1918. (Image: SWNS)

The medals of a war hero have been reunited with his family - a century after his death.

Private Robert McMaster, of the 8th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders, was killed on the battlefields of France in 1918, at the age of 19.

Relatives who live in the village of Neilston, East Renfrewshire had no idea where his War Medal and Victory Medal had ended up.

But after some dedicated searching by the Neilston War Memorial Association (NWMA), they have now been traced and handed to them.

They were found on sale from a collector in the Shawlands.

Upon discovery, volunteer researchers, who had been trying to track down the medals, paid £80 to secure them before presenting them to Colin McMaster - Robert’s great-nephew.

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Mr McMaster said: "The medals had been with our grandfather’s family and the eldest son will have inherited them but you know what families are like – someone will have sold them somewhere down the line.

"We knew there were medals, as well as other information about Robert, because of work that was done by the NWMA.

"I've been in close contact with the researchers and all of my family now have bits and pieces to remember Robert.

"We are planning to get the medals put into a frame with his picture and hopefully make a nice display - we really are over the moon.

ww1 war heroes reunited with family Image: SWNS
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He was one of many young men from Neilston who fought and died in the First World War.

After years of work, NWMA has been able to gather details of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

They now hope to return medals to the families of those who were killed in action.

Ian Strickland, who traced Robert’s medals, believes they may have made a long journey before being found just a few miles from Neilston.

Mr Strickland said: "You just don’t know where medals will turn up.

"People have them tucked away in a drawer or in the attic for years without even realising.

"I know a few guys who collect medals themselves and they keep an eye out."