Mablethorpe war hero’s medals are finally mounted

William Butler is awarded his mounted war medals by fellow veteran Jack Quinn, and Mark Reddin from the Mablethorpe Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

William Butler is awarded his mounted war medals by fellow veteran Jack Quinn, and Mark Reddin from the Mablethorpe Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

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SECOND World War veteran William Butler was this week presented with his war medals, having finally had them mounted after never before taking them out of the box.

William Butler, who lives in Mablethorpe, last year penned his memoirs on his time as a prisoner of war at the hands of the Japanese.

The 96-year-old’s ‘Somebody Watched Over Me’ proved a fascinating read, discussing his time as a prisoner as well as spending nine hours at sea after being torpedoed.

Mark Reddin, from the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, offered to mount William’s medals after meeting at local veteran Jack Wallace’s funeral in September. The British Legion kindly offered to foot the bill for the work.

William, who served in the Royal Signals Regiment, can now proudly display his medals.

Meanwhile, Mablethorpe’s Golden Sands Holiday Park will hold a zumbathon for the Poppy Appeal.

It takes place on Saturday, November 19 from 6pm. Entry is £5. Buster, the highest decorated dog in the British Army, will be there as will serving soldiers. For tickets call Mark Reddin on 01507 478011.