Collector seeking to reunite war medals

Wayne Taylor with Edward Green's medals
Wayne Taylor with Edward Green's medals

AN EX-SERVICEMAN is appealing for the public’s help in reuniting the family of a World War One soldier from Buxton with his service medals.

Medal collector Wayne Taylor wants to trace any living descendants of Private Edward Green, who served with the Leicestershire Regiment during the Great War.

Fairfield resident Wayne, who began collecting medals after serving for 23 years as a medic in the Royal Navy, successfully bid for Edward’s engraved Victory Medal and War Medal on eBay for £60, after they were discovered in the Warwick area.

He said: “For any proper medal collector, the dream is to be able to return medals back to where they have come from. I’ve been a serviceman and I’ve got my own medals which I am very proud of. When I am gone, I would rather they ended up with someone in my family.”

During his investigations to unravel the Greens’ family history, Wayne discovered how Edward Green had two brothers and a sister - William and Matthew both served during the war, the latter in the Northumberland Fusiliers. Their mother and father, Herbert and Martha Green, resided in the family home at Beech Cottages, Tongue Lane, Fairfield, as determined from a postcard sent to his parents by William from Cairo, dated February 15, 1918.

Edward’s war service is believed to have been brief. He joined up on June 29, 1918, but was discharged eight months later, on February 21, 1919, after being wounded in France.

“You would imagine there is somebody still in Buxton who would want their relative’s medals back,” added Wayne.

“If I can find any descendants who would like them, I am happy to give them back for the price that I paid for them.”

Anyone who can shed more light on the Green family and help reunite Edward’s medals with his descendents, can email Wayne at buxton_blade@sky.com.

Wayne is also interested in old medals and memorabilia relating to Buxton soldiers, which he can look after until family members can be traced.