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Diss is a town in Norfolk, England. An 1811 silver medal awarded to a member of the town's infantry is being auctioned. This article describes the medal and a possible bid to keep the medal in town. Interesting piece. -Editor

1811 Diss Infantry medal 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.”

To read the complete article, see: Diss Museum in bid for rare medal for 1800s ‘Dad’s Army’ (

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