Grantham detectorist finds World War One medal and wants to find the family of the man it belonged to
A detectorist has found the medal of a Grantham man who served in the First World War and wants to reunite it with one of his relatives.
Matt Clegg, 40, discovered the medal around a month ago in a field near Grantham, where he lives.
The medal belongs to Corporal John W. Clark of the Royal Field Artillery, and Matt hopes to find one of John’s descendants so he can return it to the family.
Matt said: “I’ve been doing metal detecting for around four years now.
“[The medal] was found in the middle of a field really, which was quite surprising because it was in the middle of nowhere.
“The owner of the field knows I’ve found it and he’s quite happy for me to find the grandchildren [of John].”
Matt has been metal detecting for around four years now.
He continued: “I’d always fancied it as a kid. My mum and dad bought me a little one when I was younger.
“I just got the bug for it once I started finding nice things. The main thing is getting permission though, because you can’t just go on someone’s land and do it.”
If you can help reunite the medal with John’s family, contact Matt through Facebook here.
Matt explained that finding the right place to look in was down to luck. He once found a piece of flint that was around 4,000 years old that was part of a gift.
“It was really quite special,” added Matt.