Old soldier finally gets recognition for service

Stanley Brookes receives his General Service Medal and clasp from Imelda Duncan.
Stanley Brookes receives his General Service Medal and clasp from Imelda Duncan.

A former soldier from Wilberfoss as finally been recognised for his services during the sectarian conflict in Cyprus during the 1960s.

Warrant Officer Class One, Stanley Brookes, Royal Engineers, received his General Service Medal (1962) with clasp “Cyprus 1962-64” at a ceremony held at his home in Storking Lane, Wilberfoss.

The award of the medal and clasp is as a result of the Prime Minster, David Cameron appointing Sir John Holme to conduct an independent review of the policy governing the award of military medals.

He issued the report in July 2012, which concluded that the existing guiding principles were reasonably based but that there should be greater readiness to review past decisions.

Sir John was therefore commissioned to review independently a number of cases which had been brought to his attention as possible candidates for changed medallic recognition.

Each of the reviews has been subject to detailed discussion by the committee on the grant of honours, decorations and medals and its conclusions have gained Royal approval.

As a result of the review Mr Brookes has finally received his medal and clasp after some 52 years since the conflict between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots on the island from December 20 1963 to March 26 1964.

The meal was presented to him on September 17 by Imelda Duncan, welfare manager of the Veterans Welfare Service, York.