It was found in the garden of 134 Tilkey Road, Coggeshall, several years ago.
It appears to be made of brass and weighs 182 grams. The diameter of the medallion is 9.4 centimetres.
Efforts have been made to trace Jonathan Leatherdale through census and parish records and we have come up with only two, father and son, who have Coggeshall connections and they are summarised below.
Jonathan Leatherdale (senior) was born in 1830 in Wakes Colne, the son of Thomas Leatherdale who was a farmer.
He became a cabinet maker (1851 census). There is no trace of him on 1861 census although his marriage to Susanna Ward of Halsted in 1851 has been found.
The 1871 census records him in East Street, Coggeshall, with 9 children including Jonathan junior who was born in 1864. Occupation is given as a machine proprietor and farmer.
The 1881 census shows that he was living near Rye Mill, Feering, and that he was a miller employing 1 man and a lad.
His wife Susanna died in 1889 and in 1890 he married Mary Gingell of Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
The 1891 and 1901 census show him living on North Hill, Colchester and described as a cabinet maker and the proprietor of an eating house.
He died in 1908 in Colchester. His wife Mary died in 1922.
Jonathan Leatherdale (Junior) was born in 1864 in Coggeshall.
The 1881 census shows him as apprentice wheelwright at West Ham.
in March 1886 he joined the Royal Artillery as a wheelwright and served with them for 23 years. His army number was 54092.
He was in India from September 1888 to December 1897 serving at Bangalore.
In October 1899 he went to South Africa and saw service at all the major battles of the Boer War (he had 7 clasps to the South Africa medal.) He returned to England in September 1901 and was married almost straight away to Alice Huckson on 26 October.
A child, Jonathan Frederick, was born to them at Woolwich in 1902 but sadly died in 1904. Alice died in early 1909 at Woolwich (All these facts are noted on his Army records).
He was discharged in March 1909 as a Quartermaster Sergeant with a pension of 29d (pence) a day for life (about 15p).
The 1911 census shows him living in the Hadley district of Shropshire with a nice as his housekeeper.
He died on 10 October 1912 at the County Asylum, Bicton, Shrewsbury (Data from Army records)
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