Medals from fallen WWII soldier given to Calgary granddaughter after being present in Goodwill donations


Medals that have been found in a donation pile at a Calgary Goodwill store have been returned to the fallen soldier’s household.

Final week, an worker was sorting by way of donations and located the medals and previous household images in a field. Goodwill administration took to social media to attempt to observe down members of the family on Friday.

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One of many medals was a Memorial Cross, which is given to households of fallen troopers who died in service, bearing the identify Sgt. R.W. Finch. Finch was part of Fort Garry Horse, a Canadian Military Reserve armoured regiment primarily based out of Winnipeg.

Messages pour in

Lorna Schnepf, the supervisor of the TransCanada Centre Goodwill retailer, stated as soon as phrase acquired out on Friday, messages poured in from throughout the nation from folks wanting to supply data to assist discover members of the family.

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On Friday evening, one was discovered.

Tracey Scott is a granddaughter of Finch.

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“A household good friend messaged me and stated, ‘What’s your mother’s maiden identify?’ I stated, ‘Finch.’ And he or she went, ‘Oh my God, there’s a narrative about Robert Finch’s medals being donated.’ I went to the story and noticed my grandmother and my grandfather and my mother staring again at me,” Scott stated.

A photo of Robert Finch, his wife Elizabeth and daughter Helen, and the Memorial Cross.

A photograph of Robert Finch, his spouse Elizabeth and daughter Helen, and the Memorial Cross.


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On Sunday, Scott went to the Calgary Goodwill retailer to retrieve the field of things she by no means knew existed.

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“Actually, neither my mother or my grandmother ever talked about that they had them someplace,” Scott stated

Scott’s palms have been trembling as she held onto photographs of her grandmother, grandfather and mother, and the medal given to the younger widow.

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Finch is buried on the Groesbeek Canadian Conflict Cemetery within the Netherlands, a spot Scott visited together with her grandmother in 1995.

“The journey to the Netherlands was an eye-opener for me as a result of the way in which they rejoice and the way in which they bear in mind is superb. All I ever heard once I was there was, ‘Thanks, Canada. Thanks in your grandfather’s service,’” Scott stated.

Faces to Graves

The invention of the photographs will even assist a Dutch group that wishes to place a face to all of the Canadian graves within the conflict cemetery.

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“There is a company referred to as Faces to Graves in Holland that’s trying to do a face for every of the Canadian graves in there. So in the event that they didn’t have that face after this week, we now have yet one more face for one of many heroes over in Holland,” stated Glenn Miller, a volunteer with the Canadian Fallen Heroes Foundation, which helped observe down Finch’s household.

“The Dutch college students actually respect their freedom. And to at all times have a face to a reputation tells that story higher whenever you’re a set of eyes again at you.”


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Scott’s grandmother and mother died a number of years in the past. She has no thought how the photographs and medals wound up the place they did. These touched by this story are simply grateful the field of recollections has been saved to assist maintain a conflict hero’s story alive.

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“If it wasn’t for them, particularly in World Conflict II, we might not be the identical as we’re right here in Canada,” stated Schnepf.



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