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A metal detector reunited the family of a Navy medic with a World War I medal after digging it up in their backyard.
Mark Williams, 71, discovered the 1914-15 British Empire Star medal while detecting in the back of his home in Waterlooville, Hampshire.
Going by the name G Waters, Williams recruited Clare Ash, a genealogist, to piece together how the 105-year-old medal ended up under her garden.
She said: “Obviously I was surprised to see the medal, but I immediately recognized what it was.”
Mr Waters was posted to the North Sea
Mr. Waters was posted to the North Sea, where he served on active duty during the Battle of Jutland, in which more than 6,000 Allied servicemen died and during which his ship was the “first to sink a German submarine.”
Further investigation found that Waters ‘great-granddaughter, Brenda Theobold, could unravel the mystery of how the medal ended up in Williams’ garden.
Mr Williams said: ‘We go back to how Brenda used to live in my house, which would explain how she could have ended up in my backyard.
Mr Williams eventually managed to get in touch with Mr Nicolson’s step-daughter, Claire Redsull
Eventually, Williams was able to contact Nicolson’s stepdaughter, Claire Redsull, and reunited the medal with the family more than 100 years after it was presented.
With Mr. Nicolson unable to speak due to ongoing health issues, Ms. Redsull said: ‘When I told her about the medal, her eyes just sparkled. She is very proud of her grandfather and sends her a big thank you. ‘
He now has the medal presented in a display box at his home in Kent.
Mr Williams pictured with his metal detector.
. He contacted Mr. Nicolson’s stepdaughter and reunited the medal with the family more than 100 years after it was awarded.
Ms Redsull added: ‘When I gave her the medal she had the biggest smile and she just stared at it.
“She managed to tell me that [her grandfather] had lied about her age and that she was in fact about 12 years old when she first entered service.
“If you look at the service record, it indicates that it is 12 years old, but it has been marked and changed to 18 years old.”
After seeing a photograph of Mr. Nicolson with the medal, Mr. Williams said: “It is absolutely brilliant that this medal has been returned to William’s grandson.
“Whenever you find a personal item, it’s great to put it back where it belongs.”