AN army veteran has been left reeling after losing his precious service medals.
Ernie Croft lost the 13 awards while out walking. And he is appealing for anyone who may have found them to get in touch.
“They are the story of my life,” said the 75-year-old from Heckmondwike. “It is very upsetting to think they have gone.”
The medals represent some 24 years of active service in the Parachute Regiment and special ones from 12 years training soldiers in Oman.
“I might be able to get replicas of the British medals, but not those from Oman,” said Mr Croft, a widower whose three children all live in Canada.
He lost the medals – held by a clip on his blazer – on Friday November 30. He had walked from his home to Lloyds Bank in Cleckheaton. On the way back, he called at Morrisons and then walked back up Halifax Road. “I wasn’t aware I had lost them until I got home,” said Mr Croft.
He thinks the medals may have fallen into grass verges between Cleckheaton and Heckmondwike. “They could have dropped without me hearing anything,” he said. “I would give anything to get them back.”
Anyone who might have found the medals or who has any information is asked to call 07546 265205.