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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.”


Japanese Train Company Apologizes After Train Leaves 25 Seconds Earlier Than Schedule

The company said the mistake was “inexcusable.”

If you frequently ride the train, chances are you’ve gotten used to delays, noise, and all other inconveniences. Overcrowded trains? You’ve probably endured that, too, just so you can commute from place to place without spending much.

As it appears, people in Japan aren’t experiencing the same hassles that we encounter everyday – especially that thing about delays. This has been proven by a recent news report where a railyway company issued a public apology after one of their trains left 25 seconds earlier than schedule.

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Old Woman’s Life Saved By ‘Words With Friends’ Game App

Thanks to the game, this woman is still alive!

While Words With Friends is definitely one great game to kill time, a family in California considers it as more than just a form of entertainment but also as a way to keep the mind active. More than that, the family claims that if not for the game, they would have already lost a loved one.

The family of a 90-year old mother from Northern California, Miyoko Saiki, is grateful for Words With Friends for saving her life. As the family’s matriarch has been addicted to the word app game for the past few years, usually playing it with her children, her son could not help but wonder why she was not able to make her move in the game one morning.

After all, Saiki usually starts the game early in the morning, just before her son Ken leaves for work at 7 in the morning.

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Chinese Woman Wakes Up From Comatose After Hearing Nurse Singing Taiwanese Pop Song

This just proves the power of music!

There is no denying that music can be powerful. While it can magnify the mood that we feel as we listen to songs with lyrics we can relate to or remind us of memorable moments in our lives, music has proven once more that it can do wonders beyond our imagination as it prompted a woman to wake up from a comatose.

An unnamed woman from mainland China who had been in comatose for 4 months regained her consciousness after her nurse sang a song originally sang by Taiwanese singer Jay Chou. According to nurse Peng Keling, the 24-year old comatose patient became responsive as he sang Chou’s “Rosemary,” which is one of the singles included in the singer’s 2006 album entitled “Still Fantasy.”

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