Man researches soldiers' gold watches

First published: 28-10-2011

A man has carried out extensive research to find out why a group of soldiers returning to Canada from the First World War were given gold pocket watches.

Richard Laugton, a local historian in Milton, Canada, decided to solve the reason why some men were presented with the timepieces after he held the watch given the Private Reagan, the Canadian Champion reported.

He explained to the newspaper that he promised the soldier's grandson Ron that he would carry out research into who received the timepieces and the result is a study named Milton's Commemorative Gold Watches - A Mystery from the Past.

In total, he found that 118 of the watches were handed out between 1915 and 1922, with the largest number given out in 1917.

Recently, some pocket watches were given a new lease of life by artist Dominic Wilcox, who created tiny sculptures to stand on the faces.  

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