3.1.2014 He found a war medal, gave it to his relatives

Categories: First World War , Calendar , Nálezy nejenom s detektorem ve Velké Británii a Irsku

The relatives of one of the soldiers who fought in the First World War, Paul Nunn, were very pleased. He and his wife Kirs used a metal detector to find the lost medal that the veteran had been awarded.

The couple managed to find the medal during a routine prospector's walk. The War Star was awarded to Private Thomas William Copeman for his service during World War I. It was buried about thirteen inches underground near Norwich in East Anglia. The couple immediately launched a search for the soldier's survivors, placing an advertisement in the newspaper.

The medal was eventually given into the hands of his three grandchildren: Anna Daynes, David Forder and Mary Brooks. "I saw the newspaper but the advert didn't register. Eventually I got a letter from my husband and wife saying they had found my grandfather's medal. Before I could get in touch, my sister had made an appointment," David Forder admitted.

When he was born, his grandfather was already dead. He died in 1924. "I've never even seen a picture of him. I don't even remember my mother talking about him. Now, thanks to the medal, I can get a picture of my grandfather," said a still moved Forder.

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He found the medal in the garden

British media reported a similar story a few days ago. Mark Williams found a medal for deployment in World War I in his garden using a metal detector. He discovered it while searching his garden in Waterlooville. He asked genealogist Claire Ash to try and find out how the medal could have ended up in the garden.

"I was surprised when I first saw the medal. But I knew immediately what it was. On the back is G Waters. I was sure I would find out who the medal belonged to because of that. With Claire's help I worked out that the medal was William George's, who was born in Portsea in 1879 and died in Southsea at the age of eighty-two," said the lucky finder.

William joined the Navy in 1899 and served aboard HMS Birmingham, Carlisle and Iron Duke from the start of the First World War. He was posted to the North Sea, where he saw active service during the infamous Battle of Jutland, where more than six thousand Allied soldiers died and during which his ship "sank a German U-boat for the first time".

The searchers managed to find the soldier's grandson. Williams presented him with the medal. Brian Bowley Nicolson displayed the medal and is suitably proud of his grandfather...

Sources: www.edp24.co.uk, www.portsmouth.co.uk

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