Falkirk war hero’s medal returned to family

Pte Nimmo's family (l-r) James Taylor, Elizabeth Grant, Mary Nimmo and  Lee Nimmo with the medal. Picture: Michael Gillen (132683a)
Pte Nimmo's family (l-r) James Taylor, Elizabeth Grant, Mary Nimmo and Lee Nimmo with the medal. Picture: Michael Gillen (132683a)

A family has received their hero relation’s war medal 95 years after it was awarded thanks to an appeal in The Falkirk Herald.

Private Robert Nimmo of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and Seaforth Highlanders was awarded the Victory Medal for serving on the front line in June 1918 in France during Britain’s final push.

Genealogical researcher Tim Hodge from West Yorkshire was given the medal to sell on eBay but felt Pte Nimmo’s family should have it instead.

Mr Hodge’s research showed Pte Nimmo was born in the Falkirk area in 1899 to Elisabeth and Alexander Nimmo and worked for the Carron Company of Miners prior to enlisting in the Army in 1917 at the age of 18.

After the war ended in 1918, Pte Nimmo stayed on as part of the occupying forces on the Rhine until he was discharged in November the year after.

After sending out a plea in our September 26 edition looking for relations of Pte Nimmo, his great nieces, Elizabeth Grant and Mary Nimmo came forward.

Elizabeth (65), a retired Woolworths worker who lives in Grangemouth, said: “Robert was my dad’s uncle. We actually lived in the same house as he did in Slamannan. I remember some things about him and knew straight away that it was him from the details in the story.

“The medal has huge sentimental value for the family. It’s been quite emotional having it returned knowing what he fought for and knowing it will be available for future generations.

“We are very grateful to Tim for giving us the medal. He wouldn’t accept money either, he just wanted it to go to Robert’s family.”

The medal has also brought the family together. Despite being related and living in the Falkirk area, Elizabeth and Mary met for the first time on Monday.

Mary (66), from Camelon, said: “It’s a great thing to have the medal back here with Robert’s family rather someone else having it.

“At the moment we don’t really know what to do with it and we are considering giving it to a Royal British Legion Club or somewhere it can maybe be displayed and all the family can have access to it.”

Mr Hodge said: “I was given the medal to sell but I thought with the 100-year anniversary of the start of the Great War next year it was best for it to go to the family instead.”