Original World War One British War Medal, Pte McGowan, East Lancs, Wounded and Prisoner of War

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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.