Family appeal after Bute WW1 medal is unearthed

This medal - the Next of Kin Memorial Plaque - was awarded to the relatives of Port Bannatyne man, Archibald McFadyen, who died in the First World War on May 17, 1917, at the tender age of 23.
This medal - the Next of Kin Memorial Plaque - was awarded to the relatives of Port Bannatyne man, Archibald McFadyen, who died in the First World War on May 17, 1917, at the tender age of 23.

A medal awarded in memory of a Bute resident who died 96 years ago today (May 17) during the First World War was unearthed recently in a garden in the village of Furnace.

Mr George Johnston discovered the medal while digging in his garden and told us: “How it got there is a mystery. After a great deal of cleaning all is revealed.”

The medal is the ‘Next of Kin Memorial Plaque’ and was awarded in memory of Archibald McFadyen, 14258 10th Bn., Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, who died on May 17, 1917 at the tender age of 23. Archibald was the son of John and Janet McFadyen of 30 Castle Street, Port Bannatyne.

Mr Johnston is keen to return the medal to any relatives of Archibald’s who may reside on the island, or if no-one comes forward, would like the medal to be offered to Bute Museum.

* If you recognise this medal, or believe you are related to Archibald McFadyen, please get in touch with us at news@buteman.com