WAR MEDALS GO HOME

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

THE fam­ily of two war he­roes has thanked two an­glers who dis­cov­ered a pre­cious col­lec­tion of medals float­ing in the River Lod­don.

Martin Moore and Rus­sell Hatch­ett, of Swal­low­field AC, were lit­ter clear­ing on the club’s stretch in Berk­shire when they spot­ted a box in the mar­gins.

See­ing it con­tained First and Sec­ond World War medals, the pair con­tacted Swal­low­field Par­ish Coun­cil, which used so­cial me­dia and an an­ces­try web­site to lo­cate the own­ers.

They dis­cov­ered the First World War medals be­longed to Royal Navy Petty Of­fi­cer Oliver Reed, and the Sec­ond World War medals had been awarded posthu­mously to Mr Reed’s son

Al­fred. Petty Of­fi­cer Reed fought on the HMS Noble and his son served on the HMS Corn­wall be­fore it was sunk by the Ja­panese in the In­dian Ocean in 1942.

Mr Reed’s great nephew Oliver Dunn-Hipp, who col­lected the medals dur­ing a cer­e­mony, was said to be stunned by the find.

The medals are re­turned to their grate­ful own­ers.

The medals were in fine con­di­tion.

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