Renewed plea for missing medals lost in France as RAF veteran gifted with set of replicas

14 June 2024, 01:07 | Updated: 14 June 2024, 01:14

Tom Weatherall is still searching for his treasured medals which went missing in France
Tom Weatherall is still searching for his treasured medals which went missing in France. Picture: LBC
Henry Riley

By Henry Riley

A 90-year-old RAF veteran who lost his medals in France has been gifted with a set of replicas amid a renewed plea to help locate the treasured items.

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Tom Weatherall, an ex-miner who was called up for national service in 1953 and also helped out at the flood, told LBC he was devastated at the loss of his hard-earned medals.

The veteran, once six foot two, said he was invited to be an RAF right marker during the late Queen’s Coronation because of his height.

Mr Weatherall, who clocked over 30 years for the RAF, previously told LBC's Henry Riley: “I’m just upset. Everyone else is marching with their medals, without them I feel naked without them.”

“If anyone can help I’d be really grateful.”

In an update, LBC's Henry Riley said many listeners were "moved" by Tom's story as he presented Tom with the replicas from the London Medal Company.

Son puts medals on veteran 1

LBC's Nick Ferrari is still offering a £500 reward for their safe return which are believed to have been lost at a church service in Ranville earlier this month.

The medals are:

  • British Empire Medal
  • Queen's Coronation Medal 1953
  • RAF Long Service and Good Conduct medal
Tom Weatherall told LBC he was devastated at the loss of his medals
Tom Weatherall told LBC he was devastated at the loss of his medals. Picture: Handout

Tom's son presented his father with the new medals which he places on his jacket.

In a video of this heart-warming moment, Tom says "That's better!" once the medals are on.

Read more: Nick Ferrari offers £500 reward for return of RAF veteran's medals lost yesterday in Ranville, France

If you are able to help please email: Online@lbc.co.uk, or call 0207 766 6457

Nick Ferrari offers £500 to help find a veteran's medals

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