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Posthumous Award Finally Reaches Family Of Fallen World War 1 Soldier After A Century

Thanks to social media, the family finally got it back.

A Freedom Medal meant as a posthumous award to a World War 1 soldier has finally been returned to his family after more than a century. Thanks to social media, the piece of honor now gives his descendants a more tangible connection to him.

A.G. Hammond was only 24 years old when he perished on the Western Front during the World War 1. As a way of honoring his services and memories, he was awarded with a posthumous medal that was sent to his wife. However, for some unknown reasons, the medal ended in a field and never reached Hammond’s family.

A.G. Hammond was awarded with a Freedom Medal as a posthumous award after he died in World War 1.

Decades after the Freedom Medal was sent, the then 9-year old boy Mike Iacovelli unearthed it in their backyard in Worcester, Great Britain while looking for some hidden treasures one day in 1980. After cleaning the medal, the words “The Great War for Civilisation -1914 – 1919” and “A.G. Hammond” inscribed in it were revealed.

Upon prodding his mother to take him to Worcester Museum to ask about the medal, Iacovelli learned what actually happened to the medal. Eventually, Iacovelli kept it in a tin box as a part of his collection and forgot about it through the years.

In 2004, Iacovelli migrated to Canada and took the box with him. Just recently, he showed the medal to his kids, and seeing the medal again prompted him to attempt looking for the family of Hammond, who was a gunner in the 61st Division’s ammunition column.

Iacovelli said:

“It has been treasured by me for many years with my intention of one day finding the rightful owners and family who it once belonged to. I recall the delight when I started to clean off the dirt and realized that this was not just another old coin for my collection.”

For some unknown reasons, the medal was lost in a field and was discovered decades later by Mike Iacovelli.

After showing the medal to his kids, Iacovelli posted a message on the Facebook page Worcestershire Memories, hoping that it can reach Hammond’s relatives. True enough, Hammond’s great granddaughter, Debbie Evans, responded to the post, who, incidentally, have been researching about her family tree.

In the end, Hammond’s medal found its way to her granddaughter, the 75-year old Carol Griffiths, who lives just 300 yards away from where Iacovelli found the medal.

Thanks to social media, the posthumous award is now in the hands of Hammond’s granddaughter.

Griffiths said:

“It is a one in a million find and I am thrilled to have the medal back in the family. Although I never met my grandfather having the medal which was awarded to him is wonderful.”


Russia’s Psychic Cat Achilles Correctly Predicts World Cup Opening Game Winner

But can he predict the 2018 FIFA World Cup champion?

The new Nostradamus might be an adorable furry critter. A sweet Russian cat has been chosen to predict the outcome of the first game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It may seem hard to believe but the feline was spot on with his prediction.

Achilles is already a modern day prophet. After all, the cat correctly predicted most of the results in last year's Confederate Cup in Russia. Nevertheless, people wondered if the adorable feline will manage to prophesy what would happen in this year's World Cup opening game. Achilles had to choose between Russia and Saudi Arabia, and managed to predict the motherland's stunning victory.

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Dog Interrupts MLB Baseball Game, Gets Rewarded With A Ball And A New Friend

The pooch thought the baseball team was trying to play fetch with her!

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The MLB team Tulsa Drillers recently had a Bark at the Park Night when they went up against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. The event allows fans to bring their dogs to the field while the NWA infielders were warming up. One pooch noticed that the players were throwing a ball around. The excited German Shepherd immediately broke away from her owner and dashed to join the baseball players.

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Artist Shares Emotional Comic About Finding Your Childhood Bully After Many Years

This is how bullying can haunt your life for years and years to come…

If you’ve ever been bullied as a child, you know the effects can stay with you for a long time. Harsh words and deeds can really scar the soul and there’s always the possibility that you’ll never forget the bad experience way into your adult years.

This is exactly what Meghan Lands has been through and she accurately captured how it feels like in a short comic. Now an artist, Meghan has “spent the last 20 years trying to forget her first 10.”

Despite that, the Canada-based illustrator recently took the time to look for her bully on Facebook and it made her realize and remember many things. Needless to say, it has been an emotional rollercoaster for her.

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