War hero’s family get his medal back 35 years after pub boss found it in his garden
A WAR hero’s family got his medal back — after a pub boss tracked them down 35 years after finding it in his garden.
Shaun Timbrell, 51, tucked Frank Skidmore’s World War One honour away in a box in 1986.
After a lockdown clear-out, he decided to track down Private Frank’s relatives with history buff cousin Steph Joynson, 47.
A month later, they traced his great-grandson Matt, 47, and grandson Bill, 79, who knew nothing of Frank’s service.
Shaun posted the Victory Medal off but it is still a mystery how it got in his old garden in Pucklechurch, Somerset.
Frank, of the Royal Garrison Artillery, lived in Bristol.
He had 12 kids and died in 1949 aged 72.
Bill said: “I only met my grandad once, three days before he died.
"I was over the moon when Shaun got in touch.”
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