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Local World War Two veteran awarded General Service Medal

December 19th 2018

A resident at Priors House has received the General Service Medal to mark his service in Palestine following the Second World War. 

Nominated by family members, with the help of the team at Priors House, the Ministry of Defence awarded Norman Edwards the medal as a thank you for serving his country over 70 years ago. 

Norman joined the armed forces and served with the radio homing specialist unit during WW2. After the war ended, instead of going home, Norman travelled with his unit to Palestine to track down illegal radio station, ‘The Voice of Israel’ – an anti-British propaganda channel. 

His seventh medal in recognition of service to the country, Norman has now added the ‘General Service Medal, Palestine 1945-1948’ to his collection. 

Francine Summers, home manager at Priors House, said: “Since we first met Norman, he often recalled his time serving in the armed forces.

“When Norman found out his service in Palestine had been recognised with the medal, he was over the moon, and we were lucky enough to be able to celebrate with him. 

“Here at Priors House we encourage our team and families to create wonderful experiences and memories for residents. We would like to say a massive thank you to Norman’s family for arranging this special award.” 

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