Veteran presented with medals at Flag Day ceremony

by The Gateshead Housing Company & filed under News.

Douglas Cornish war veteran official photoA Gateshead World War II veteran has received his medals – more than 70 years after the war ended.

93-year-old Douglas Cornish, a tenant of The Gateshead Housing Company, served in the Royal Marines in India from 1942 to the end of the conflict, but never received his two service medals or veterans badge.

Doug (as he prefers to be known) lives in Wrekenton with his wife Beatrice, who he met during the war while training in North Wales.

Our Armed Forces Outreach Service met with Doug on another matter and, on hearing his story, got in touch with the Royal Marines Association and the Ministry of Defence medal office to request his decorations.

The Lord Lieutenant officially presented Doug with his 1939-45 medal, Defence Medal and veterans badge on the Armed Forces Flag Raising Day at Gateshead Civic Centre earlier this week.

Following the service, Doug and his wife were invited to the Mayor’s Parlour for a cup of tea and a chat.

Mick Downworth, Senior Outreach Worker, said: “Our service put Doug in contact with other veterans including Ray Alexander from the local Royal Marines Association and Colour Sergeant Mick O’Donnell from the Royal Marines Reserve at HMS Calliope.

“Mick O’Donnell presented Doug with a Royal Marines beret – it was the first time he had worn one since 1945. It was great to see them all together on Armed Forces Day, and to see Doug presented with his medals.”

Photo: Cllr Alison Ilderton-Thompson, Mayor of Gateshead and Susan Winfield, Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear with Douglas Cornish in the Mayor’s Parlour.