Family thrilled after Tim reunites them with medal

Silsden genealogists, Tim Hodge and Carole Bolton, with some of the medals given to him

Silsden genealogists, Tim Hodge and Carole Bolton, with some of the medals given to him

First published in Keighley

A family history expert in Silsden has reunited a Scottish family with a First World War medal... 95 years after it was awarded.

Tim Hodge tracked down Private Robert Nimmo’s family to Falkirk after being given the Victory Medal by his father.

Tim’s dad, Albert, originally gave him two Victory medals – which had been in the family for several years – with the suggestion he sold them on eBay.

The medals were each engraved with a soldier’s name, and Tim realised one was his own great-uncle, William.

He said: “I had our medal, but I thought it was a shame Robert Nimmo’s family didn’t have his medal.”

Tim, who runs a family tree research service with his partner, Carole Bolton, used his genealogical skills to learn about Private Nimmo.

The soldier had served with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and Seaforth Highlanders, and was awarded the Victory Medal for serving on the front line in France during the last year of the First World War.

After the conflict ended in 1918, Pte Nimmo stayed on as part of the occupying forces on the Rhine until he was discharged in November 1919.

Tim put an appeal in the Falkirk Herald, which drew a response from Private Nimmo’s great nieces, Eliza-beth Grant and Mary Nimmo, who until then had never met each other.

Tim said: “There were only two members of the family left, who had a direct line to Private Nimmo. They were really delighted.”

Elizabeth Grant, 65, said: “The medal has huge sentimental value for the family. It’s been quite emotional having it returned. We are very grateful to Tim for giving us the medal. He wouldn’t accept money either.”

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