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Order of the Bath Medal before restoration.<br />
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Over 1,000 historic war medals which were salvaged from a devastating stately home fire have been painstakingly restored as part of a £350,000 project.<br />
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The medals were kept in a museum in the basement of Grade I listed Clandon Park House which was destroyed when a fire ripped through the 18th century mansion three years ago.<br />
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The Surrey Infantry Museum housed 2,300 medals but a third of them and other precious artefacts including a football famously kicked across No Man's Land at the Battle of the Somme were lost forever in the blaze.<br />
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Fortunately, part of the collection was kept in a metal chest that offered some protection from the fire and debris which collapsed into the museum.<br />
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A team of experts have now restored the salvaged medals which they hope will eventually once again go on display at the Surrey Infantry Museum's planned new home, Guildford Museum.