A First World War medal given to a survivor of the conflict has been discovered hidden under the floorboards of a Broughty Ferry home.
Bearing the words: “The Great War for All Civilisation 1914 to 1919”, the Victory Medal was given to servicemen who returned from the war in 1919 and 1920.
With a rainbow-coloured ribbon and an image of a winged woman, the medal is engraved with the name of its recipient, 28434 Pte R Stewart, of the Yorkshire Light Infantry.
How it came to be abandoned under the floorboards is a mystery but the man who found it hopes a Courier appeal can reunite it with its owner.
Builder Graeme Clark was renovating the Brook Street cottage when he found the medal.
He said: “Someone bought the property and we were in there renovating it.
“I just thought it would be nice for someone get this back.”
Street directory records show Robert Stewart at the address in 1940, when his occupation was listed as a gardener.
He lived there for at least 34 years, as latest records show he was still living there in 1974.
Dundee city archivist Iain Flett said the medals were issued in the millions to all surviving personnel.
The victory medal was issued in the UK, as well as in Belgium, Japan and Italy, although those countries chose a different winged image.
Those who received the 1914 Star and the British War Medal also received the Victory Medal, which Mr Flett said were respectively given the nicknames “Pip, Squeak and Wilfred”.
He said: “No doubt they were worn proudly but, in typical services’ humour, they were named after a cartoon dog, penguin and rabbit.
“The three medals would have been worn together when on parade.
“It is particularly important to remember in the centenary of the Great War.
“The Great War was so awful, people just didn’t speak about it at all; they preferred to wipe it from their memories.
“That is sometimes why these medals are forgotten.”
The city archivist also pointed out that the war end date seems strange, with Armistice in 1918, but the British Empire took the end date of the war as 1919.
The medals were produced by Woolwich Arsenal, which changed from making guns to medals after the war.
Campaign medals are issued on completion of a tour of duty in today’s conflicts.
Anyone who may have information about Pte R Stewart, of the Yorkshire Light Infantry, or about any relatives who may have lost his medal, can contact The Courier by emailing email@example.com.