Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 5°C

Search

Holbrook: War hero George is finally decorated - after a 64-year wait

10:26 31 March 2014

George Edwin Williams

George Edwin Williams

A war-time hero received his medals for bravery yesterday – after a 64-year wait.

George Edwin Williams, 91, a former chief petty officer in the Royal Navy, was surprised by his son Stephen at the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook, near Ipswich.

His son, a solicitor from East Bergholt, had heard many Second World War naval stories from his father over the years, including his service in a minesweeper at the D-Day landings.

After some research he discovered his father’s bravery should have resulted in some distinguished medals.

His research confirmed that six medals were issued on July 12, 1950 and sent to an address in East Ham, London, but they never arrived.

Stephen said: “As a kid we heard some stories about his wartime experiences. It’s a kind of closure. It’s nice to honour people of that era. No matter how small their stature they were giants among men. How many of us could imagine doing it now?”

Mr Williams was awarded his medals by captain Warren Bairstow CSC RAN, naval advisor to the Australian High Commission, following a whole-school ceremonial Founders Day division parade and chapel service.

He was given the 1939-1945 Star, the Atlantic Star, the Pacific Star, the France and Germany Clasp, the War Medal 1939/45 and the Defence Medal.

The well travelled hero took his tests at HMS Ganges in Shotley before going to Chatham. He then spent 17 months on the HMS Selkirk, before returning to Chatham and then heading to Canada, Australia and Sri Lanka.

He was also on the aircraft carrier HMS Vengeance.

Mr Williams said: “It’s fantastic. I felt very proud. I will be telling more stories.”

0 comments

A driver clocked doing 129mph on the A14 has been banned for six months.

Ipswich’s first drive-through Starbucks will open tomorrow with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony by mayor Roger Fern.

Council and highways authority officials insisted that better warnings and other preparations eased the pressure on roads around Ipswich after the closure of Orwell Bridge yesterday.

Two former Ipswich Town FC players say the dangers of heading in football have been blown out of proportion and that it would ruin the sport if any changes to the game were made.

Police are searching for a man in a car who approached a nine-year-old girl in Stowmarket.

Community leaders at two east Suffolk district councils which are set to merge to save money are raising their tax by just over 3% in April.

Children on an educational trip were not in danger from damage allegedly caused at a theme park by Storm Doris, a school has said.

It’s not too late to book tickets and take in a great show this March. Suffolk’s theatres offer a wide range of performances to choose from with something for everyone including music, comedy, plays and wrestling.

“I cannot emphasise strongly enough how important this is to Suffolk.”

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man indecently exposed himself in Stowmarket.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24