A D-Day veteran from Great Sutton has received his war medals, almost 70 years after the end of the Second World War.
Fred Mullis, a resident at Astbury Lodge residential home, in Great Sutton, was presented with the 1939-45 War Medal, the 1939-1945 Star, the France and Germany Star and the Defence Medal by Lieutenant Colonel Bill Busby, Commanding Officer 156 (North West) Transport Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps on Monday.
Fred, now 88, first volunteered for the Armed Guard two weeks before his 18th birthday, before going on to drive ‘Duck’ vehicles (the famous, six wheel drive amphibious DUKW trucks) all over Europe for the Royal Army Service Corps.
One of Fred’s strongest memories is driving a Duck to the shores of Normandy on D-Day, to bring supplies to the soldiers.
Fred was prompted to collect his medals after a discussion with his son Rick and daughter Jenny.
They were all looking at photographs of Fred with his army friends, all of whom were wearing medals.
Rick asked his dad where his medals were and he confessed to never having claimed them. He decided to collect his heroic mementoes, explaining that he would like his family to treasure their history for generations to come.
Speaking at Monday’s ceremony, Fred said: “I didn’t really do anything special to earn them - it was just part of my duty and service.
“I am however delighted to receive them and plan to keep them well polished.”
Rick and Jenny were at Astbury Lodge to celebrate with their dad, who moved to the home in 2010 with his wife Jean, who has since passed away.
Fellow residents and guests also joined Fred and his family for the celebration and buffet.