Bid to reunite war medal with soldier’s family

The medal which was presented to Company Quartermaster Sergeant James Cruickshank.
The medal which was presented to Company Quartermaster Sergeant James Cruickshank.

A former Peterhead man has launched an appeal to find the family of a WW1 soldier so that they can be reunited with his medal.

David Oates emailed the Buchan Observer in the hope that any relatives of the Rathen soldier may still be in the area.

Mr Oates said the story began around 1965/66 when his family and he were living in Croydon Surrey.

“One of my brothers found two medals in a rubbish skip, and brought them home,” he explained.

“Over the years the medals have eventually found their way to me.

“I have been trying for years to reunite these medals with the families of these fallen heroes, without success.

“I have decided to make an appeal, as this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Great War.

“As I now live in Halifax Yorkshire, I could not believe the irony of finding out, that one of the soldiers was originally from Rathen,” he said.

“Being originally from Peterhead myself, and what with finding the medal in Croydon, it appeared the story had come full circle.

I would very much like to reunite this medal of John Cruickshank of the 1bn Gordon Highlanders with some member of his family,” he added.

The details of the soldier are as follows: James Cruickshank, no 9837, who was ranked Company Quartermaster Sergeant of the Gordon Highlanders 1st Bn unit.

He was 26 at the time of service and he was the son of Thomas and Mary Cruickshank of Newseat, Cortes, Rathan.

He was buried at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Nord Pas-de-Calais, France.

If anyone has information,they can call David on 07850230305 or email