Winnipeg woman reunited with uncle's missing war medal
Carolyn Henrick, who found soldier's medal, gives it to his 81-year-old niece
A Winnipeg woman has been reunited with a long-lost war medal belonging to her uncle, who served in the First World War.
Ida Brown received the medal late Friday from Carolyn Henrick, who discovered it among her late father's belongings.
"It really feels cool that it's his and that I have it now," Brown said. "I hope he's happy that I have it."
Henrick found the medal, which had the name "Private J.C. Hooper" on it, while going through a box of coins in her parents' attic recently.
A local history expert said the medal was awarded to First World War veterans, and records show a J.C. Hooper was a Manitoban who served with the 90th Battalion, otherwise known as the Little Black Devils.
After Henrick shared her discovery with CBC News earlier this month, someone who came across the story helped connect her with an 87-year-old Ottawa man named Ian Wees, whose uncle was Private John Campbell Hooper.
As it turned out, Wees's sister, 81-year-old Ida Brown, lives in Winnipeg.
"It feels like a wonderful conclusion to a really fun adventure, and it's been wonderful visiting with Ida and getting to know her and finding out about her life and her family's memories of Campbell," said Henrick.
Brown said her uncle died before she was born, but she heard stories about his war service from her mother.