Eighteen years ago, Vernon resident Martin Bokesch and his wife Jeanne Fortin were cleaning up an old desk they purchased in Montreal when they found a set of what appeared to be WWII service medals.
At first, they were really intrigued by their big find. But over the years, that interest faded, and the medals were stored away yet again and eventually forgotten.
At least, until now.
When the couple was de-cluttering their home recently, they came across the pieces of history once again. Only this time, rather than simply re-boxing them, they decided they were going to try and reunite the medals with their owner.
“These medals were well worn,” Bokesch said. “And I believe they were worn with pride.”
Knowing he couldn’t track the owner down alone, Bokesch enlisted the help of the internet with a Facebook post. He also tried contacting the Legion, but says they haven’t been able to help him.
There are only a few clues as to who the medals might belong to. They were found inside of an old box with a 4-cent stamp slapped on the front. There are also two names listed on the parcel: J. Nicholls and Dorothy I (or possibly an “L”) Priest, and an accompanying address: 33 Lakeshore Rd, Apt 14, Timmins Ont.
Even though that might seem like little to go on, Bokesch’s Facebook post has so far been shared more than 35,000 times, and he seems really determined to make sure the medals get back into the hands of their owner.
“These belong to someone who served, Whether that person is with us or not to this day, his family has a right to these as well,” he said.
You can find out more about the mystery medals in the video above.