Help solve riddle of war medal

Medal found in field may have Ilfracombe connections

EFFORTS are being made to reunite relatives of a World War One soldier with a medal lost nearly 100 yeas ago.

The silver medal was discovered in a field in Salisbury two years ago and subsequent studies by the finder suggest it may have been awarded to a man from North Devon.

A number on the back relates to a Frederick Quartermain, who received the medal in 1916, when he was honourably discharged after being badly injured.

It was reported lost in 1918 and further research using the 1911 census has revealed that a man by the same name was living in Ilfracombe with a wife and two children.


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A Dorset woman who contacted the Gazette, but asked not to be named, said the medal was found by her son using a metal detector, in a ploughed field in Broad Chalke, near Salisbury.

She said: “We’ve done as much research as we can, but the trail has come to a dead end.

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“This is part of a family’s history and we would love to return it to any ancestors, preferably those in the bloodline.

“Its loss must have caused some concern at the time as it was officially registered as lost, but subsequent family members may not know anything about it.”

If you think you might be related Frederick Quartermain, contact the Gazette newsdesk on 01271 345056 and we’ll put you in touch with the family who found the medal.

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