It was a very special day on Tuesday 20 July, 1954, when Queen Elizabeth II awarded me the Military Medal during an investiture at Buckingham Palace.
As part of my two years National Service in the army, I fought in Korea, and took part in one of the biggest battles of the Korean War – The Battle of the Hook, earning the Military Medal for “superb gallantry in hand to hand fighting.” As the Queen pinned the Military Medal on me, she asked me if I was still in the army, and I told her that I had been discharged and had gone back to working with my father on our farm.
It was a day I shall always remember, and this precious photograph taken with my mother, Milly, and my father, Wilfred, just after the investiture, is a wonderful reminder of that special day.
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