Finding green field areas to metal detect on can be frustrating and that is why I take every chance I get to get the metal detector out as you just never know what lies beneath your feet.
I was in the process of laying a patio in my house and to do this we had to clear the area and prepare the ground. Once the turf had been taken up and the ground made level, I realised that the area I was working on was going to be covered for a very long time with heavy patio slabs.
With this in mind, I took the chance to run my metal detector over the area before it was covered forever.
I was kicking myself, as the house we were in dated back to the 1890s and in just never crossed my mind (or had the chance) to run my metal detector over my own back garden.
I am glad I did as the British army badge shown below was the reward for clearing the ground ready for the patio.
The front of the military badge has the wording ‘ROYAL CORPS OF SIGNALS’ It looks very much like an army badge from the first world war and this would tie in with the date of the house, but I’m not an expert.
It’s a bit worn as you would expect but an interesting find to come out of the back garden. It goes to show that interesting and unexpected metal detecting finds can come up anywhere. It also tells me not to overlook those smaller patches of ground, including your own back garden.
Finding the badge does make you wonder if the person who dropped it saw any active service, who were they, were they one of the many who never came home from the great war, is it from the 1st world war? The badge asks lots of questions and are certainly questions I will think about as I sit back on the new patio.
Reverse of the badge and by the look of it, the badge has been pressed from a cut piece of metal.