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