Written by Eleanor Gregory
A medal collector has gifted a blind war veteran the best birthday present, after an appeal to find his missing Second World War medals hit the national headlines.
Earlier last month, Alfred Barlow, 96, from Stockport, lost his timeless medals when he stopped off to use the toilets at Norton Canes Services near Walsall on the M6 Toll.
Mr Barlow spoke to ITV News about his lost medals. In an emotional interview, he said the loss of his medals was 'churning [him] up' and said he wanted them back, so he could pass them on to his family.
David Byrne, from Stockport, Greater Manchester, contacted Mr Barlow after hearing about his loss.
On discovering that Mr Barlow, of 3rd Reconnaissance (Recce) Regiment, 3rd Division, was in the same regiment as his own father, the medal collector decided to give a full set of five original medals to him in time for his 96th birthday.
Mr Bryne said:
On June 25, Mr Barlow turned 96 years old and said:
Mr Barlow lost:
- 1939-1945 Star medal
- France & Germany Star medal
- The 1939-1945 War medal
- Palestine medal
He is still offering a reward to anyone who is able to help return his medals.
Those who have any information can contact the sight loss charity Mr Barlow receives help from that is Blind Veterans UK on 0800 389 7979.