An original British War Medal, short length of replacement ribbon, suspension re-affixed, correctly named to;
23079 PTE. J. MC GOWAN. E. LAN. R.
John McGowan was entitled to a pair, as confirmed on the MIC. He was also awarded a Silver War Badge. John's service record is still extant and this shows he was in Germany, as a Prisoner of War between 21 March 1918 and 1 January 1919. This also notes he suffered a G. S. W. (gun shot wound) to the face on 21 March, during the German Spring Offensive.
Note - "gun shot wound" can also include fragments from an artillery shell, it does necessarily mean he was shot in the face.