I’m a medal de­tec­tor...

Daily Express - - CORONAVIRU­S: ECONOMIC IMPACT - By Robert Firth

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

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