Greetham Army veteran Harry finally gets his medals after 70 years

Greetham man Harry Weston, with wife Margaret, with the medals he received 70 years after fighting in the Second World War. EMN-150403-111040001

Greetham man Harry Weston, with wife Margaret, with the medals he received 70 years after fighting in the Second World War. EMN-150403-111040001

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A former Army cook has finally been awarded the medals he won during the Second World War, 70 years after the conflict ended.

Harry Weston, 95, from Greetham, received the Defence Medal and the War Medal last month.

The former Army Catering Corps cook enlisted in 1940 and served in Scotland until 1946. He returned home to Greetham and carried on his life at the Old Bakery.

It was only when village historian David Bland started researching Harry’s past that he discovered the veteran had never applied for his medals.

David and son Paul wrote to the Ministry of Defence, and the two medals arrived within a few days.

Paul, who is co-writing Greetham and the Great War with his father, said: “Harry was a bit surprised, but delighted to get his medals. He was really pleased.

“I imagine even 10 years after the war he might have thought it was too late.”

Before he started researching Harry’s story, Paul was under the impression medals were handed out automatically after the Second World War.

“Harry had just got on with his life and had forgotten about it,” he said. “We thought it was time to put it right.”

Harry is a lifelong Greetham resident, only leaving the village during his time in the Army. His father John and uncle Harry moved to Greetham just before the First World War to take over the village bakery business from their uncle.

While serving, Harry and four other cooks had to prepare meals three times a day for a battalion of over 700 soldiers. He was based in Shetland and Orkney during the war.

Greetham and the Great War will be released in e-book form later this year.