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Gongs arrive - 65 years late

A SHIRLEY war hero has finally received his medals - after a 65 year wait.

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A SHIRLEY war hero has finally received his medals - after a 65 year wait.

Eighty-seven-year-old Bill Smith had been decorated for his service with the RAF and Navy. But he never got the gongs, because of a metal shortage at the time.

But in an emotional ceremony this week, the pensioner was presented with his defence and war medals.

Two RAF officers surprised Bill at his home at Sunrise Senior Living - reading a specially-written citation.

Sandra, Bill’s granddaughter, a Royal Navy Reservist, said it had been a wonderful day.

“My granddad had mentioned several times about his medals and so I tracked down his de-mob papers and called the Ministry of Defence,” she said.

“We were able to get two of them and there’s possibly a third which he is entitled to.

“It was an emotional moment for the whole family.”

Bill couldn’t believe his eyes when the officers stood up and started to talk about his war-career at the home.

“You seem to know more about it than I do,” said Bill, when he went to collect the award.

“Thank you all so much.”

 

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