THEY are like little creatures of the night: rarely spotted but glittering of eye when they do emerge into the light.
They are the gold medallions which Readhead’s presented to members of its workforce for their service during the First World War.
One turned up towards the end of last year, you may remember, but although a number seem to have been given out, they remain few and far between.
I’ve now, though, had another brought to my attention.
It is currently for sale on eBay where, at the last time of looking, the price was around £275.
Once again, it’s a gold and blue enamel medallion, inscribed on one side with ‘West Docks Shipbuilding and Engineering Works,’ and, on the reverse, “Presented to G Carnall by the officials and workmen as a token of gratitude, Great War, 1914-1919.”
Carnall? I don’t know who he was, but the name did ring bells because I’ve had a W Carnall crop up in the context of the Royal Naval Division during the Gallipoli Campaign which I’m currently featuring in Cookson Country Extra.
Were they related? It’s not a common name, so all suggestions welcome.