If you have ‘a box of interesting objects’ stored away somewhere in your home, it might be worth taking a gander at it every once in a while, as you never know what you might find. Just ask Pat Smith from Lancashire, who was clearing out a drawer when she came across a box that had not been touched for 15 years. For inside the box she found a medal dating back to the Second Boer War (11 October 1899 to 31 May 1902). Intrigued to find out more about the history of the medal, Mrs Smith did a little research and discovered it was awarded to a Mr Sam Hallas who had lived in Manchester in 1911. Not content with that, Mrs Smith then tracked down Mr Hallas’ grandson David Hallas so that she could return the medal back to the family. It turns our the late Mr Hallas’ family had no idea he had been awarded a medal. The delighted grandson said “It was absolutely fantastic… All the trouble Pat went through to trace it was brilliant, I really appreciate what she has done. I could not thank her enough.” Researching must be catchy as Mr Hallas is looking to do a bit of digging of his own to find out more about his grandfather’s exploits during the Boer War. Where will it all end?
January 12, 2016