Search for possible heirs of First World War vet to return medals continues

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TORONTO - A quest to reunite a Canadian First World War veteran's medals with his family is marching forward.
Shirley Allaway inherited an old tin can containing a birth certificate, a photo and several service medals from an uncle who was a neighbour of Pte. Charles Audley Jeffs in a downtown apartment building.
Allaway knows little about Jeffs but research by some Ontario residents, who reunite medals and families as a hobby, has begun to uncover some information.
"I checked the immigration records and found him returning from England in 1934 with a 34-year-old wife, Sophia, who had been born in Shrewsbury," Helen Vaillancourt emailed from North Bay, Ont. "(The record) also stated that he had been in Canada from 1910-1934 so it appears that he may have gone back to England to marry Sophia. There were no children listed with them on the passenger list."
Dave Thomson has reunited about 300 families of war veterans with lost medals since he started his hobby about three years ago using the Internet.
Nicknamed the "medal detector," Thomson said he never knows where the adventure is going to take him when he starts a search.
Just last week he was able to hand two First World War medals back to a Niagara Falls, Ont., family who will hang them in their home.
"That's when it's really rewarding," Thomson said. "Some people get it, some people know that these medals are their spoils of war, that they went through hell to earn them."
Thomson said he suspects there might be no descendants if Jeffs was willing to hand the medals off to a neighbour and any family he might have might be living in England.
The papers Thomson was able to dig up reveal Jeffs signed up in Toronto on March 16, 1915, at the age of 25.
He was 5-foot-9 and one-quarter-inches tall with black hair, brown eyes and a dark complexion and a mole just behind his left ear.
If Jeffs has no family in Canada, Thomson said the next best thing is to find the medals a home in a museum where they'll be cared for and displayed.
"In my opinion the best place would be with his comrades," he said.

Geographic location: TORONTO, England, Canada Ontario Shrewsbury North Bay Niagara Falls

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