Guests get to see medals

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Facing The Bulldozer -

Ash­ford Mu­seum opened es­pe­cially for two guests last week to show them some spe­cial medals.

Peter and Mar­garet Lang­ford Wood from Sur­rey made a spe­cial visit to the Church­yard mu­seum to see medals which be­longed to Ernest Lang­ford Wood, Peter’s cousin.

Ernest died in ac­tion in the First World War and his medals were do­nated to the mu­seum a few years ago.

Ernest Lang­ford Wood was born in Tufton Street, Ash­ford. He was the third son of James Wood, a fu­neral di­rec­tor and builder at FC Wood Fu­neral Di­rec­tors and Builders.

Mr Lang­ford Wood had the chance to hold Ernest’s ‘death penny’, a bronze plaque given to the fam­ily of the sol­dier killed, and saw his Bri­tish War Medal and Vic­tory Medal. The pair wanted to see the medals be­fore they trav­elled to Ypres, where Ernest is buried.

Peter Lang­ford Wood hold­ing the ‘death penny’

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