Roger Willes and the medal

February 4, 2014 1:06 PM

A local war veteran, who lost one of his military decorations during the Remembrance Day ceremony, will see his medal - at least a replacement - again.

Mr. Roger Willes from Carshalton lost the medal on his way home from the Remembrance Service in Cheam last November. He contacted his local MP Tom Brake who launched an online campaign to find the lost medal. Although the original medal has not been found, Mr. Willes will now receive a replica, free of charge.

Tom said: "Although it is disappointing that we were unable to find the original decoration, I am very happy to know that Mr. Willes will get his medal replaced for free. I hope that it helps to, at least partly, compensate for the loss of the original medal."

"I would also like to thank everyone who got involved in the online campaign and helped spread the word about the lost medal."

The lost medal was awarded to him by the Malaysian Government in recognition of his services and for fighting in the Indonesian-Malaysian Confrontation during 1963-1966. He was one of the last people to receive this military decoration.

Mr Willes also received various decorations for his service in the British Army, including the Malaya and Borneo medals, the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR) and the Diamond Jubilee medals.

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