First World War vet's medal finally returns home


Last updated 12/15/2012 at 4:35pm

A Victory medal awarded to First World War soldier Private James Beauvais in Kahnawake, Quebec, has finally been returned almost a century later, to his family in the Mohawk community where he lived. This photo shows a medal similar to the one awarded Beauvais.

KAHNAWAKE, QUE—A medal awarded to a wounded soldier in the First World War is returned to his family almost a hundred years later.

Private James Beauvais was wounded in France in 1919 and was awarded the Victory Medal which is given to all British and Canadian soldiers during that war. He returned to his home in Kahnawake ill and traumatized.

According to the Canadian Press, Beauvais’ life after the war was filled with tragedy. He returned home with shrapnel in his chest and he had limited use of his left arm. Suffering from chronic pain and in emotional anguish that in those days was...

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