Veteran’s badge honour for war hero 70 years on

Wold Haven Day Centre caretaker Bill Morris handing over the veteran's badge to service user Peter Jemmett.
Wold Haven Day Centre caretaker Bill Morris handing over the veteran's badge to service user Peter Jemmett.

A war veteran who served with an elite assault unit during the Second World War has been presented with his veteran’s badge over 70 years after he completed his service.

Peter Jemmett, 89, joined the Royal Marines in 1943 at the age of 17 and became a member of 30 Assault Unit (AU). The unit was involved in specialist operations including gathering intelligence behind enemy lines.

Peter stayed with the Marines until the end of the Second World War and has recently joined in with the 70th anniversary VE Day celebrations held at the Wold Haven Day Centre, in Pocklington where he attends regularly.

To coincide with the commemorative events, which included a street party, live music and authentic 1940s dress, Peter was presented with his veteran’s lapel badge which was applied for on his behalf by the day centre’s caretaker Bill Morris.

Bill, who is also an ex-serviceman, said he applied for the badge after he got chatting to Peter and discovered he had never received one.

Michelle Graham, senior day service officer at Wold Haven, said: “It was lovely to see Peter being presented with this veteran’s badge and I would like to thank Bill for thinking of applying on his behalf, it was a lovely gesture which Peter and his family found deeply moving and really appreciate.

“I would also like to thank all our staff and service users for taking part in our VE day celebrations which were a great success and enjoyed by all.”

Peter’s family said they very much appreciate all the consideration and kindness that has been shown to Peter in the four years he has attended Wold Haven Day Centre.

They said the day centre has helped him continue socialising, while providing essential support to family members and carers.