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Former Royal Marine inspires others with lifetime achievements

December 14th 2018


A resident at Kingsleigh attended a wartime memories evening and was invited to share his accolades on stage. 

Joined by the team at Kingsleigh, 92-year-old resident Ron Rawlins presented his collection of six medals to an audience at the Wartime Memories event at Old Woking Community Centre. 

The evening saw the community come together and share their own memories of life during World War Two. 

Born in Staines, Surrey on 19th September 1926, Ron served with the Royal Marines during the Second World War. He spent his time serving in Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and India. His most notable achievements include being appointed as Lord Mountbatten’s body guard and working on the Russian Arctic Convoys. 

Ron was awarded six medals for his service; the Burma Star, the Arctic Star, the 1939–1945 Star, the Pacific Star, the Defence Medal and the War Medal 1939–1945.

The evening included wartime music with singing, speeches, and a traditional fish and chip supper.

Kelly Kelleher, home manager at Kingsleigh, said: “It was wonderful to join Ron at this event and a real eye-opening experience to hear people tell their war time stories first hand.

“We make sure our team go the extra mile when it comes to creating wonderful experiences and memories for residents, and we were so pleased that Ron had the opportunity to present his medals at the event. It’s a privilege for the team at Kingsleigh to be able to share this moment with him.”

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