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Search on to find war hero's family before funeral

Forgotten hero: the authorities are trying to find relatives of Frederick Leach. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

A plea has been issued to the armed forces community to ensure the funeral of a Second World War veteran doesn't go unattended.

Frederick Leach was a decorated soldier, who died at the age of 94, in a care home in Middlesbrough. More to follow.

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War veteran receives Arctic Star medal

A Second World War veteran will finally receive a coveted Arctic Star medal for bravery at a special ceremony.

Vetrans have campaigned for nearly 70 years to get recognition for the thousands who sailed in the Arctic Convoys.

John Ramsey Credit: ITV News

John Ramsey from Redcar served as a Navy gunner escorting the merchant ships taking crucial supplies to Russia during the Second World War.

It was a journey Sir Winston Churchill described as the "worst on earth" and nearly 3000 people lost their lives.

The government announced in December that it planned to officially honour Arctic Convoy veterans with the newly-created award.

The former Redcar serviceman and his MP supported the lengthy campaign for recognition.

Full Report: WW2 medals for sale to fund veteran's care

The family of a world war two hero is selling off his medals in order to fund his care home costs.

Wing Commander Branse Burbridge destroyed more than 20 enemy aircraft and was honoured by King George the sixth.

However, his son Paul, who lives in York, has told ITV News that his father's prized memorabilia must now go to the highest bidder.

Watch the full report below.

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Medals sold "reluctantly" to pay for care

The family of a world war 2 veteran is selling his medals in order to pay for his care. Wing Commander Bransome 'Branse' Burbridge was the RAF's most prolific night-fighter pilot of the war, claiming 21 enemy kills. Now aged 93, he is suffering from Alzheimer's disease and is in a private care home.

His son Paul, who lives in York, says the family is "reluctantly" selling the medals and old RAF flying jacket at auction, to raise £120,000 which will cover the cost of his care for the next six years, if necessary.

The sale comes as the Government confronts the challenge of how to pay for the rising cost of care for Britain's ageing population.

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