Diss Museum in bid for rare medal for 1800s ‘Dad’s Army’
A bid is being prepared for a piece of the Diss history when a military medal from the Napoleonic War era goes under the hammer.
A silver 1811 Diss Volunteer Infantry medal, awarded to Jabez Waller, will be auctioned by James and Sons Auctioneers of Fakenham on January 30.
The oval and engraved medal has a triple-stepped rim and carries a guide price of between £500 and £800.
The Diss Volunteer Infantry would have been the ‘Dad’s Army’ of its day - organised as a trained force ready to fight if Napoleon ever decided to send his armies across the Channel.
Mr Waller appears to have been awarded the medal for his proficiency in military exercises, where the group were known to have drilled on Diss Common.
Rev Frank Howard, Diss Museum Trustees chairman, said: “We feel this would be a great thing for the town to have and see.”
Rev Howard said that there was some money available to make a bid for the item, but was also appealing for donations to the bid fund.
Donations can be made to the museum, via a cheque made payable to Diss Museum, and dropped in at the town council offices, Market Hill or by calling museum manager Basil Abbott 01379 650618. The auction takes place at noon at Fakenham Racecourse.
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