Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

War Veteran's Medal Hopes; British Legion Steps in after Raiders Target Old Soldier

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

War Veteran's Medal Hopes; British Legion Steps in after Raiders Target Old Soldier

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Byline: TOM MULLEN

BURGLED war veteran George Garner is to have his stolen medals replaced.

Pals at the Royal British Legion club are rallying round after raiders ransacked the old salt's home.

Mr Garner, who served in the aftermath of the D-Day landings, branded the thieves "no better than animals" after all eight of his medals were taken.

But now the 84-year-old, from Walker, Newcastle, has been given hope after friends at the West Jesmond club began looking into obtaining replacement medals from the Ministry of Defence.

Branch member Harry Martin, 83, a former corporal, said: "This is what the club is all about.

"We help with regards to financial problems, housing problems, and stolen medals are something the branch looks at too.

"We have recently had medals stolen from another of our staunch members, Bill Ness. Fortunately they were recovered. But I very much doubt Mr Garner's medals will turn up."

Mr Garner helped in a rescue mission to save sailors shortly after the Allies' 1944 Normandy beach invasion. …

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