Blind WWII veteran appeals for return of medals
22 June 2017 12:00
A blind veteran who stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day is appealing for the return of his medals which have been recently lost.
Alfred Barlow, 95 and from Stockport, is hoping that by releasing images of the lost medals, someone who had potentially found them would be able to return them to him.
Alfred took part in a 6 June pilgrimage to Normandy with the Stockport Normandy Veterans and Friends returning to the very beaches he had fought on more than 70 years ago. Alfred, who served with 3rd Recce, 3rd Division, landed on Sword beach at 10.00 in the morning on 6 June 1944 – D-Day.
Sadly the pilgrimage ended in disaster as far as Alfred is concerned. Stopping at the Walsall Services on the M6 on Thursday 8 June, and following a visit to the gents’ toilets, his wife and his grandson carer noticed that the medals he had been awarded for his Service in the Second World War were missing.
Because Alfred is blind, he would not have seen them if they had fallen on the floor. His grandson immediately retraced their steps, asked at all outlets and the designated lost property depot, but they were nowhere to be seen.
The four medals lost are; the 1939 – 1945 Star, the France & Germany Star, the 1939 – 1945 War Medal and the Palestine Medal.
"I have found it all very distressing. These medals are worth very little to sell but to me they are priceless. I had intended to pass all of my medals on to my grandson which makes it even more upsetting. My grandson and friends in the local Normandy Veterans Association have been fantastic in making contact with all possible options to see if they’ve turned up but so far we’ve had nothing. That’s why I want to get the message out to anyone who may have found or seen them. It would make my birthday if I was able to have them back again."
Celebrities and anonymous donors have come together offering a reward of £5000 to anyone who is able to help return the medals to him. If you'd like to contribute, please visit http://bit.ly/2u7m8Mo
He started receiving support from our charity after losing his sight through macular degeneration and glaucoma much later in life and is asking for anyone with information on the return of the medals to contact us.