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History enthusiast's shock at finding historic WWI medal buried in his back garden

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2 個月前
<p>A keen gardener was stunned to find a historic First World War relic while planting a tree in his backyard.<br></p><p>Steve Perry, 69, a war history enthusiast was delighted to have uncovered a forgotten war medal in own garden.</p><p>While planting a tree in his elderly mother's garden in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, on Saturday, September 25 Mr Perry hit his shovel on something hard.</p><p>He said: "At first I just thought 'oh blimey, it's an old penny',</p><p>"But then I saw the loop in it and thought I should clean it up to see - it was completely black at first but it cleaned up really well.</p><p>"I took it to my workshop, washed it under the tap, buffed it up and put metal polish on it.</p><p>"I could see it was some sort of army medal from WWI, I could see the army number and the name H Crouch on it."</p><p>Mr Perry did some digging in a book by a local historian and found that the recipient of the medal was not only a prisoner of war, but also went on to become town councilor and town mayor.</p><p>Prior to his conscription, he was a baker, and sadly died in 1947 at the age of 54.</p><p>According to his mother Patricia Perry, 90, there used to be an Italian prisoner of war camp in the area their estate was later built.</p><p>It is thought that Harold Crouch helped out at the camp, welcoming prisoners home, checking on them and could have dropped his medal whilst doing so.<br></p>
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