Family of WW1 soldier reunited with medal he threw away
Mr Swan, a father-of-four, worked as a milkman in north London after the war and rarely talked about his experiences in northern France before he died aged 55 in 1935
The medal lay undisturbed until it was found in November 1999 by Bob Sheppard, who was out with his metal detector in a field close to the railway line in Betchworth, Surrey.
He cleaned it up and saw that it was inscribed as having belonged to Private Thomas Swan who served in the Queen's Regiment.
Mr Sheppard, 62, of Crawley, West Sussex, then spent a fruitless 11 years trying to find any family of Mr Swan so he could give them the medal.
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