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World war II medals stolen in Gloucestershire

The owners are extremely upset at their loss Credit: Gloucestershire Police

A set of World War II medals have been stolen during a burglary in Gloucestershire over the weekend.

It happened between 5.30pm on Friday 16 September and 7pm on Saturday 17 September when offenders broke into a home on Meade King Grove in Woodmancote.

Officers say the medals are of sentimental value to the victims who are very upset that they have been taken.

  • Anyone who can help locate them should call police on 101 quoting incident 419 of 17 September

D-Day Veteran: I feel 'distraught' at Brexit

A veteran who fought in the Second World War has told ITV News that Brexit has left him with the same "sinking feeling" he experienced when Britain declared war on Germany in 1939.

Eric Jay from Bristol used Facebook to beg Britain not to vote to leave, saying he didn't fight for disunity.

In the run up to the referendum Eric used Facebook to share his views. Credit: Eric Jay/ Facebook

After the result was declared, the 91 year old said he was feeling it "very acutely".

He added that he feels the future has become more uncertain.

I haven't seen any plan that they've got for the future - we just don't know.

We've had a lot of nonsense about getting our country back, absolute rubbish, I just don't know what the Brexit-eers are going to do.

– Eric Jay, veteran and remain campaigner


War veterans awarded France's highest military honour in North Devon

George Laity, formerly of 231st Brigade, stands to receive his medal Credit: ITV News West Country

Veterans who took part in the D-Day Landings have been awarded France's highest military honour for helping to liberate France from the Nazis during the Second World War.

Dennis Small, former Royal Marine, is congratulated by the French Honorary Consul Credit: ITV News West Country

Former Royal Navy seaman Len Husband, Royal Marine Clifford Coates, Royal Marine Dennis Small and George Laity, of the Devonshire Regiment received the prestigious Legion d’honneur from French Honorary Consul, Alain Sibiril at RMB Chivenor in North Devon.

Clifford Coates, formerly of 41 Commando, receives his honour Credit: ITV News West Country

Former Royal Navy sailor Norman Johns was decorated with the award posthumously. A relative of fellow seaman Bob Harding attended on his behalf. The men are the latest set of veterans to be awarded the medal since French President Francois Hollande promised to honour all Brits who had served in France during the Second World War.


Man to have WW2 injury treated - 70 years after bombs hit Bath

A man who survived the Bath Blitz will today have an operation performed on an injury sustained during the raid.

A photograph shows the impact the 3-day bombing attack had on the city

Jack Savour was only 12 when he dislocated his wrist falling from a wall - but he received little treatment as the hospitals tried to cope with the hundreds injured in the bombing raid.

Hear his dramatic account of the moment the bombs first hit:

WATCH: War veteran recounts reuniting with former comrade at West Country care home

71 years ago they fought together as part of the Warsaw uprising and now, quite by chance, they find themselves living in adjacent bungalows.

In August 1944 Andrew Borowiec and Ted Stopczynski were part of the Polish Resistance trying to free the city from German occupation.

The pair have now find themselves reunited at Ilford Park, a residential care home for former members of the Polish Forces.

Mr Borowiec says they are fortunate to have found each other.

Polish resistance fighters reunited at care home

Ted Stopczynski and Andrew Borowiec fought together in the Polish resistance during the war Credit: ITV News

In what's being described as an "enormous coincidence," two Polish resistance fighters have been re-united at a West Country care home.

Andrew Borowiec and Ted Stopczynski fought side-by-side as teenagers in the second World War.

The pair are now neighbours at Ilford Park near Newton Abbot.

"It's wonderful that both of us are here obviously prosperous and that we survived all that and it's fortunately very far behind us."

– Andrew Borowiec, Polish war veteran

North Somerset veterans mark 70 years since end of WW2

More than fifty veterans from North Somerset were at today's commemoration. Credit: ITV West Country

Veterans have gathered in Weston-super-Mare to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

The Allies celebrated victory over Japan on the 15th August 1945 after atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The official surrender document was signed by the Japanese on the 2nd of September. Both dates are known as VJ Day.

Credit: ITV West Country

More than fifty veterans from across North Somerset, aged between 89 and 101, gathered today to mark the occasion.

The focus of the service at St Paul's church in Weston-super-Mare was to remember the so-called "forgotten army", the Fourteenth Army, which fought the Japanese forces in Burma. It was an operation largely overlooked by the press at the time.

Ten of the veterans at today's commemoration served in the Far East.

Veterans aged between 89 and 101 gathered to mark the occasion. Credit: ITV West Country
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