A FACEBOOK group helped reunite a daughter with her father's World War Two service medals.

Irene Jones recently purchased some medals at an antiques fair in Lechlade and took it upon herself to find out who they initially belonged to.

The medals were still in great condition in their original box which bore the address 'Broadley Villas, Belgrave Street, Ossett'.

It also stated that the medals belonged to a Mr S. Chappell.

Irene quickly discovered a Facebook group called Ossett Through The Ages and posted photos of the medals calling on members to help her with the investigation. 

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: The medals in their original box The medals in their original box (Image: Irene Jones)

Less than an hour later Paul Laycock contacted her with some useful information.

After googling the service number of the dogs tags Paul found that the medals belonged to Sidney Chappell who had enlisted in the RAF some time between September 1939 and February 1940 and had carried out his training at Padgate. 

Another group member Janet Marshall came forward and said that her godmother Mary married Sidney Chappell and that they had two children Christopher and Judith.

She also revealed that Sidney died more than 50 years ago.

Other members eagerly joined the conversation and shared their own memories of Sidney and his family.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: All of Sidney's medals that Irene Jones found in the boxAll of Sidney's medals that Irene Jones found in the box (Image: Irene Jones)

The group also managed to track down Judith who was elated to hear the group's stories about her father.

She said: "I am fascinated to see so many memories the group has about my family and I would love to hear from you all.

"I think I am the only person left in the family, although I believe that there are Oldroyd cousins out there somewhere.

"I do have lots of tales to tell about dad if anyone is interested." 

Irene Jones said: "I would like to thank everyone in the group who helped, with their comments and investigations, connect me with Sidney's daughter. 

"We are now in direct communication and the box will be making it back to the family where it belongs.

"It’s been so special to learn more about her father and I’m honoured I can return these medals to where they belong."