I’m a medal detector...
A METAL detectorist who stumbled upon a soldier’s First World War medal in the middle of a wood has reunited it with his grandson, 100 years after it was first awarded.
Jake Cressey, 22, found it buried in woods near his home in Chailey, East Sussex last month.
The medal was inscribed with the name and regiment of Lewis Smith, a Brighton market trader who served in the Durham Light Infantry and Labour Corps.
Keen to reunite the heirloom with the man’s family, Jake set out to track down the soldier’s descendants through social media.
The medal has now been
returned to Lewis’s grandson, Daniel Smith, 57, after Jake made contact.
Jake, who works as a doorman, said: “It’s a miracle. When I found out it was a medal, I was very excited.
“Daniel was over the moon. He got emotional a couple of times. It was just perfect.” Daniel, a railway
engineer, from Brighton, added: “I was euphoric.
“To touch something that was his, it’s amazing.
“I’m into the history of my family and to have something as tangible as the medal is great.”
Lewis Smith was born in 1892. He married his wife, Ethel- Linda Bishop in 1916 during the conflict and they had 11 children.
After the war, he returned to his job as a fruit seller. He died at the age of 76 in 1968.
Daniel said: “He was a lovely man.”
Reunited... Jake, left, hands the medal to Daniel
Gong but not forgotten... Lewis Smith’s lost war medal
Emotional... grandson Daniel