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Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Medal find triggers hunt for Peterborough war hero
A TREASURE hunter who discovered a historic medal belonging to a Peterborough war hero is appealing for his family to come forward to claim the honour.
The medal, which belonged to First World War soldier Private Frederick Quartermain, was uncovered in a remote field in Wiltshire by metal detecting enthusiast Brian Newton-Smith (55).
Now he is trying to locate Private Quartermain’s family to return the medal.
Mr Newton-Smith, who lives near Bournemouth, said: “Three years ago, I was out on farmland in Broad Chalk, Wiltshire with a metal detecting club when I came across a silver war badge.
“I put it in a box and forgot about it – but recently found it again, and thought it would be nice to try to track down the owner.
“I have done some research, and using a registration number on the back of the medal found it belonged to Private FG Quartermain, who enlisted at the Long Causeway Recruiting Office in Peterborough, on 6 January, 1915.
“He was embedded overseas with the 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment, but was wounded at some point in December 1915 or January 1916, and his wounds were reported in The Times on January 31, 1916.