Honoured for Their Heroism; War Heroes Finally Get Their Service Medals

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WAR heroes were finally honoured....

decades after the end of hostilities.

Durham County Council chairman Linda Marshall visited Lindisfarne Care Home in Whitehills Park, Chester-le-Street to present medals to 12 men and three women.

Many armed forces personnel were not issued with medals before they were demobbed after the Second world War as they had much more pressing things to worry about.

It was decided only those who remained in the armed forces would receive their medals automatically.

Although the availability of medals for wartime service was widely advertised at the time, many people did not come forward.

As a consequence, more than 60 years later, the Ministry of Defence's Medal Office are receiving about 250 applications for Second World War medals every week from either veterans or their next of kin.

Dozens have been presented at Durham County Council headquarters, but Mrs Marshall said she was determined, during her year as chairman, to go out to present medals to as many veterans as she could who were too infirm to visit County Hall.

She added: "I am very proud, as a county councillor for Chester-le-Street, to present medals to so many people from the town, including three ladies. …