Back in the ‘80s when Mike Iacovelli was a nine-year-old kid playing in his backyard in Great Britain, he was digging for treasure and found a medal. His mom took him to a museum to help identify it and they cleaned it to reveal it was inscribed with “The Great War for Civilization 1914-1919” along with “A.G. Hammond.”
His parents took him to the local museum to learn more about the medal. There he was told that Arthur George Hammond, was a gunner in the 61st Division's ammunition column. This was a Freedom Medal posthumously awarded to Hammond after the Great War. It had been sent to his widow in Worcester and somehow ended up in a field outside the city. She too had passed on by the 80's and no one knew anything about what had happened to their children so Mike was told he could keep it.
Mike put the World War I Freedom Medal in a tin box with his other treasures and forgot about it over the years. He recently showed it to his three sons and decided it was time to track down its rightful owner, the family of Arthur George Hammond. Hammonds’ great-great granddaughter, Debbie Evans, responded to the Facebook post Mike put out and now, more than half a century after Hammonds was killed, his granddaughter, Carol Griffiths, 75, has been given the medal. She actually lives just 300-yards from where the medal was found so many years ago.
"It is a one in a million find and I am thrilled to have the medal back in the family,” Griffiths says. “Although I never met my grandfather having the medal which was awarded to him is wonderful.”