THE search is on to reunite a bravery medal with its owner.
Marie Holmes has asked the Echo for help to find the true home of the precious war piece – awarded to a North East war hero – which she discovered while out shopping.
The retired nurse found the Durham Light Infantry regiment medal, engraved with the surname “Neal,” in a Nisa store in Mortoon Crescent, Fence Houses.
Despite calls to the police as well as advertising it, no one has yet come forward to claim the medal.
“I just found it on the floor when I was shopping one day,” said the 65-year-old, from Murton.
“The people in the shop have my name and number if anyone comes in looking for it.
“I’ve rang the police about it as well.”
She added: “I’ve even got a postcard in the window of the shop with my name on, asking people to get in touch.
“I didn’t get anywhere, then went on holiday and sort of forgot about it, but no one has asked about it since.”
Marie and husband Bill, 68, visited the DLI Museum, in Durham City, but could not get any further in their quest to find the owner of the medal, which was discovered last August.
Mum-of-two and grandmother-of-four Marie added: “It’s not valuable to me, but it clearly is to someone as the ribbon is still on it.
“It must have fallen off whoever was wearing it at the time.
“You can tell it has been well-looked after because it is still quite shiny.”
The medal is engraved with the words “George V’s Britain,” and that it was awarded “for bravery”.
Other engravings suggest it was given out in recognition of service carried out in India.
l Are you the owner of the medal or do you know who it belongs to? Call the Echo newsdesk on 501 7208.