It was incredibly humbling to read through John’s service record – it’s one heck of a record and I am extremely proud to represent the Royal Marines at his presentation which is richly deserved

Lt Col Matt Churchward, Commanding Officer of Royal Marines Reserve Merseyside

“It was incredibly humbling to read through John’s service record – it’s one heck of a record and I am extremely proud to represent the Royal Marines at his presentation which is richly deserved,” said Lt Col Matt Churchward, Commanding Officer of Royal Marines Reserve Merseyside.

“His family and friends must be so proud of him as are we.”

At the presentation, held at Chorley Town Hall, he was surrounded by his many friends and family, as well as members of the Royal Marines and Chorley & District Ex Services Associations, where he entertained those gathered with his banter, many stories from WW2 and even impromptu harmonica playing.

Addressing those attending the ceremony, Chorley’s MP Sir Lindsay Hoyle told John, “Your sacrifices and those of your comrades are the reason we have our freedom today. Not many people fought on every battle front in that World War are still here. We can’t say enough about what you have done. Thank you on behalf of the country and the Government.”

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