Look back at 2020: boy discovers a British war medal in his garden | The Northwest Star

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Children playing in the dirt can expect to find random objects – probably not WWI service medals. But that’s exactly what Rory Gardiner found in his backyard in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. The 11-year-old was playing in newly excavated dirt in Robertson when he found a British service medal in World War I. He ran inside his house and showed the discovery to his mother Simone with great excitement. And so began a hunt for the soldier’s family. “We washed it up and did some internet research,” Simone said. “It’s a 1914-15 star. I don’t know how it ended up on our property when it’s a British Royal Navy campaign medal.” The inscription on the back of the medal reads “FH Rogers” and the service number is “K9687”. “I have researched all kinds of UK government records,” Simone said. “His full name is Frank Horace Rogers, according to the National Archives in England. He was born in London in 1891.” Simone posted on the Robertson Commons Facebook group and asked if anyone knew the family. The post has generated a lot of interest, but the soldier’s family has yet to be located. Simone said she believed the medal was only discovered by chance. “It’s so lucky Rory spotted him. It’s amazing,” she said. When Simone Gardiner first contacted me about a WWI medal her son Rory found in their backyard, I was so excited to talk to her and share this great news. 2020 has been a difficult year for many. This is why it is important to remember that good things are happening all the time in our communities. Simone is still looking for the soldier’s family. I invite you to take advantage of this wellness story and join the ‘WW1 Medal FHROGERS’ Facebook if you want to help the family in their search. This article first appeared on August 16, 2020.


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