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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 4, January 27, 2008, Article 31

ROYAL MARINES MUSEUM REUNITES MEDAL GROUP

[An article published this week notes that a museum was
able to reunite a group of important medals with their
accompanying paperwork thanks to an eBay auction. -Editor]

Eagle-eyed curators at the Royal Marines Museum in Southsea,
Hampshire, have reunited parts of a medal group belonging to
a Royal Marine killed in World War One, thanks to the
wonders of eBay.

The medal group’s original recipient, Private Robert Cosstick,
of the Royal Marines Light Infantry, was 32 when he died on
February 3, 1915. His ship HMS Clan McNaughton and all 277
people on board were lost in storms off the coast of Northern
Ireland, although the exact cause of the sinking was never
discovered.

Private Cosstick’s medal documents had already been donated
to the museum by his granddaughter in 1995 and finding further
parts of Private Cossticks' medal group had almost been ruled
out before the lucky find on Ebay.

“The museum has always realised it needs to embrace all the
benefits of the Internet and reuniting this medal group
against all odds really does highlight this fact,” said
curator Ian Maine.

The complete set of Private Cosstick’s medals will now be
proudly placed on show in the museum’s medal room, which
already houses an impressive collection of over 8,000 medals,
including all ten Victoria Crosses earned by Royal Marines.

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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