No interest in North Stormont; war medal remains in private hands

Above, this 2015 courtesy photo by Marty Edwards shows the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery in The Netherlands, where Cpl. Bachelder is buried.

AVONMORE — The effort to rescue an Avonmore-connected soldier’s WWII medal from the private collector’s market has ended without success.

Corporal Lewis Arthur Bachelder’s Memorial Cross was sold Sunday on eBay for $173.50 — top price offered after three bidders took part in the online eBay auction.

Dave Thomson has diverted the medals of over 1,000 Canadian veterans to their home communities by buying them up when they appear for sale online, after securing local pledges for the purchases. Recognized by Veterans Affairs Canada for the success of his hobby, Thomson’s effort to snag this one didn’t pan out.

“I’d like to thank you for trying to help me with the Bachelder Cross — however I didn’t hear from anyone — so the cross has gone to a different buyer — can’t win them all but try we can,” the St. George, Ont., resident told NVN via email today.

Son of George and Margaret Golley Bachelder,  the soldier in this case — a resident of La Tuque, Que. — was married to Mary Whyte McLeod Bachelder of Avonmore. She was widowed when her husband, member of The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada, lost his life in Europe on Feb. 26, 1945, at the age of 24.

Bachelder is buried at The Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery in The Netherlands.

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