Archive centre seek to solve Skye medal mystery

A search is on to reunite a medal, retrieved from a roadside in Breakish on Skye, with the family of the World War I soldier to whom it once belonged.

The Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre in Portree are trying to trace the story behind the British War Medal, which was awarded to a Donald Finlayson in World War I.

The medal was found in a puddle in Breakish about 14 years ago by local woman Kate Watkins, who is now keen to see the medal reunited with Donald Finlayson’s family.

Engraved along the rim of the medal is the following inscription: “5371 Cpl. D. Finlayson, 2-Sco.H”.

This led the archivists to his index card in the British Army WWI Medal Rolls. Unfortunately, the rolls do not provide a date or place of birth for him and the archive centre have not been able to find his military service record. The index card does show that he first served as a private with the 1/2 Scottish Horse Mounted Brigade and later as a corporal with the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders).

If anyone has any suggestions as to who Donald Finlayson may have been, please contact the Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre on 01478 614078 or skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlife highland.com.