Medal found

Lost An­zac pin’s mys­te­ri­ous tale

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Erica Mur­ree

BARB Nel­son was dev­as­tated los­ing her grand­fa­ther’s An­zac lapel pin af­ter the An­zac Day ser­vice at Biggenden.

She said her grand­fa­ther was the only man in her life from when she­was two un­til seven and then later in her teens so he was more of a fa­ther fig­ure to her.

“When I thought the pin was gone for­ever I felt what a loss it would be to the fam­ily as I would have passed it onto my el­dest son,” she said.

“It looks pretty sad and some­what bat­tered, but at least I still had it.

“It’s now more pre­cious for what it’s gone through.”

Her grand­fa­ther Ernest Ge­orge Hill, known as Ge­orge, re­ceived the lapel pin and an­other medal for his

“When I thought the pin was gone for­ever I felt what a loss it would be to the fam­ily... ”

ser­vice in Gal­lipoli where he landed in May 1915.

At first Mrs Nel­son raced the 4km back to her Fen­wicks Rd home in case the medal had fallen off her blouse be­fore get­ting into the car to at­tend the ser­vice.

Af­ter draw­ing a blank, it was back to town to walk bare­foot through the grass hop­ing to find this pre­cious medal, but with­out suc­cess.

On re­turn­ing from a trip to Childers the fol­low­ing Tues­day, Mrs Nel­son dis­cov­ered the medal, look­ing very much the worse for wear, on the car mat.

Mrs Nel­son be­lieves the only ex­pla­na­tion was that it had fallen off as she got into the car on An­zac Day, been run over by the back wheel of the car, sur­vived some kilo­me­tres em­bed­ded in the tyre and then dis­carded it, pin side up, in the drive­way.

“At some stage I must have walked on it and it had em­bed­ded in my shoe, even­tu­ally fall­ing onto the car mat. “If it could only talk!” she said.

Photo: Erica Mur­ree

LOST AND FOUND: Barb Nel­son with her grand­fa­ther's An­zac medal that went miss­ing for a week.

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