Thursday, March 22, 2012
A WW1 bravery medal has been donated to Exmouth Museum by the son-in-law of the man who was awarded the accolade.
The son-in-law of the first Exmouth man to receive a medal for bravery has presented the honour to the town’s museum for future generations to enjoy.
World War One hero Edward Graves won the Military Medal for bravery in 1917 when he was aged 17 – becoming the first man in Exmouth to earn such an accolade.
Edward’s son-in-law Les Quaintance last week presented the Military Medal for bravery to Exmouth Museum curator Alan Arthur.
An exhibition of Edward’s accolades and wartime artefacts opens at the museum, in Sheppards Row, on April 2.
The bravery medal on display in the exhibition was presented to Edward in 1917 when he was aged 17. He joined the Devonshires in 1916 and was sent to the newly-formed Machine Gun Corps.
A year later the teenager was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the face of the enemy.