A legal dispute simmering since 2008 appears to have been settled with the announcement that the medals of Guelph native Lt. Col. John McCrae are now a permanent part of the McCrae House Collection.
“The museum gratefully acknowledges and appreciates the generous donations and support of the family of Lt. Col. John McCrae,” said a city news release, which acknowledged McCrae’s heirs as the original owners of the medals currently on display at the museum. Two McCrae descendants, including wife of former Canadian prime minister John Turner, had launched a lawsuit against the city in February 2008 to get possession of the medals. McCrae’s sister had placed the medals with a law firm for safe-keeping, but following her death all of the medals were removed from the firm, the release said. Six went to auction in Toronto in 1997 and were purchased by Arthur Lee, who immediately donated them to McCrae House.
A commemorative plaque acknowledging the McCrae family will be added to the display at the museum, the release said.