Bid to return medals to rightful owner

Dougie with the two medals
Dougie with the two medals

A Fife resident hopes he can reunite two World War One Navy medals with their rightful owner nearly 100 years after they would have been awarded.

Leven man Dougie Galloway (70), who used to work at the area’s former power station, has been involved with the COIRA (Romanian Appeal) charity for many years, and it was through a thrift shop which was used to raise funds for the charity that he came across the medals.

“I’ve been involved with the charity for 20 years and we used to have a thrift shop up in Buckhaven,” said Dougie.

“That closed down a few years ago and everything in the store got donated to other local charity shops.

“However, there were things which I kept behind like the medals and other badges, which I’ve just re-discovered in my garage. They were lost and found and found again really.”

The name on the two navy medals is David Gregory, with the code SS 105289.

Dougie believes the medals could have been handed into the shop around seven to 10 years ago as part of a house clearance after a death.

Eager to try and find out more about the man named on the medals, Dougie set about doing some research himself.

“I’ve managed to download some of his information from the National Archives, like all the ships he sailed on, and it’s really quite interesting when you start to read it all.

“There is a bit that says he had recovered from something, perhaps an injury, and also that he had to go to jail for 30 days because he had been drunk and disorderly – it’s quite funny.”

Thanks to Dougie’s detective work, there are some facts which he hopes may help in tracing family in the area.

It is known that David Gregory was born in Liverpool on February 14, 1889. He joined the Navy on June 19 aged 18, 1907 and was described as being 5ft 4in tall, with dark brown hair and blue eyes. He was demobbed on April 20, 1921.

It is also known that, before joining the Navy, David was employed as a labourer at the oil cake mill in Liverpool.

Dougie added: “Many people right now are talking about the Army to do with the anniversary of the war, but these are Navy medals so it is really quite different.”

Keen to trace the owner, and hopeful they will live in the local area, Dougie said he has counted 15 Gregorys in and around Levenmouth from the phonebook.

“I would really like to find a family member who could take the medals. Hopefully, this will help to find them.”

Dougie added that, if the medals were not claimed, he would donate them to a local charity.

If anyone believes they may know who the medals belong to, please get in touch with the Fife Free Press Group on 01592 598808, by email on or by post to: 23 Kirk Wynd, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1EP.