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Medal collector replaces war veteran's lost medals

David Byrne hands full set of medals to Alfred Barlow Photo: David Byrne

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.

Alfred Barlow was part of the D-Day landings in Normandy in 1944

Mr Bryne said:

“I went round on Friday 23rd June and I gave him a full set of five medals, including the defence medal he misplaced a long time ago.”

– David Byrne

On June 25, Mr Barlow turned 96 years old and said:

“It was the best present I could wish for.”

– Alfred Barlow

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.

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