Rare war medal returning to town

A rare military medal from the Napoleonic War era is set to return to Diss.

Diss Museum successfully bid £600 for the silver medal at an auction in Fakenham on Wednesday, securing another piece of the town’s history.

The medal was awarded to Jabez Waller in 1811 for proficiency at military exercises with the Diss Volunteer Infantry, a group which were known to have drilled on Diss Common.

They would have been the ‘Dad’s Army’ of its day, organised as a trained force ready to fight if Napoleon ever sent his armies across the Channel.

Museum members appealed for donations towards the bid in last week’s Diss Express, and within two days, enough money had been raised. Museum Manager Basil Abbott, said: “It is a wonderful acquisition and we plan to have it on display when we re-open in March. Our thanks to all who contributed.”