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Appeal to trace WW1 medal found in Rugby shed

The medal was found in a garden shed in Rugby, Warwickshire Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Two friends who discovered a First World War medal in an abandoned garden shed in Rugby, Warwickshire, are hoping to trace the owner's relatives ahead of the centenary of the war.

Graham Banks, 32, and Jennifer Ette found the medal in the latter's shed while they were taking it down.

They now want to find out more about the man who the medal belonged to, E.W. Follows, of the Worcestershire Regiment.

It's almost like it's fate that it's reappeared in the year of the centenary.

– Graham Banks
The medal belongs to E.W. Follows, of the Worcestershire Regiment Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mr Banks initially thought it was only an old coin. It was only when he returned later that day that he realised the significance of the discovery.

Something I read said the way to tell the real ones is they have the name, rank and service number of the person, as well as their regiment.

This had it. It belonged to E.W. Follows, of the Worcestershire Regiment, with his service number as well. That's when I got quite excited by it.

We want to find out more about him, like where he fought, how long he was in the war for, whether it was for a month or for the whole thing, and we'd love to find a living family member who we can actually give the medal to.

– Graham Banks

Family history website Ancestry.co.uk holds a record for Edward W. Follows in its online collection of British Army First World War Medal Rolls Index Cards.

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