Medal collector makes WWI replicas for BBC drama, The Crimson Field


Rebecca Cole

A MEDAL collector who learned how to create replicas is overjoyed to have his work included in a hit BBC drama.

Peter Thompson, pictured, who runs Thompson’s of Oswestry clock and watch repairs in Beatrice Street and Poppy Medal Framing in Llansilin, was taken aback when he received a phone call from a researcher for the BBC who had spotted some of his work on eBay.

But he was even more thrilled when he was asked to produce 20 medals for The Crimson Field, a TV series which follows a team of nurses in an army hospital during the First World War starring Suranne Jones and Hermione Norris.

“It’s quite nice to know your work is going to be on TV, the kudos is great,” he said.

“It wasn’t a massive order but I was able to put them in a nice display case for them.

“A lot of my stuff gets used in museums including the Irish Guards Museum in London and one in Australia, but this is wonderful,” he added.

From his workshop in Llansilin, Mr Thompson created 10 replica Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service cap badges as worn by Hermione Norris and 10 service reserves badges, modelled by Suranne Jones, when the programme was aired earlier this year.

The badges, worn on the right lapel of a nurse’s uniform cape, were used to signify the rank of military nurses and were an integral part of the uniform.

As well as recreating replicas of medals Mr Thompson also produces medal cases, frames and collectors trays which he believes “create a far superior display to enhance the medal and its importance”.

“I was expecting to get a bit of business around the anniversary of the First World War but nothing like this,” he added.

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