Unearthed war medals returned to rightful owners

PUBLISHED: 10:00 12 December 2018

Helen Holmes who found a WW1 medal and plaque in her back garden in Backwell. .    

Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Helen Holmes who found a WW1 medal and plaque in her back garden in Backwell. . Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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A Backwell mother who discovered war memorabilia in her garden has been able to return them to the family of their rightful owner.

Helen Holmes, aged 34, came to the Times after discovering the World War One medal and plaque in her back garden.

After some research was done, it was discovered they belonged to Marcus Henry Hugh Hayward who was a 2nd Lieutenant from Backwell.

He served in the Prince Albert regiment of the 1918 Somerset Light Infantry from 1914 to 1920.

However, Lt Hayward died on March 26, 1918 when he was just 19 years old and was buried at the Mezieres Communal Cemetery Extension in Somme, France.

Now, however, the family of Lt Hayward have come forward.

Ann Hunter contacted the Times revealing Lt Hayward was her father’s cousin and his mother, Emily, was Ann’s great-grandmother’s niece.

The medals are in the process of being returned to Ann, who lives in Swindon.

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