Posted by Phil Andrews
The city’s extended battle to retain the First World War service medals of its most famous son didn’t come cheap.
The three-year legal battle with the heirs of Guelph-born soldier-poet Lt. Col. John McCrae ended this week with the family agreeing the McCrae House museum downtown would be the permanent home of the six medals, in exchange for a plaque and press release publicly acknowledging that gift.
City solicitor Donna Jaques said Thursday legal fees to an outside law firm representing the city amounted to $233,000 as of Dec. 31.
The city paid no settlement to the family, she added.