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Plymouth sailor, 100, finally receives war medals

A 100-year-old man from Plymouth has been awarded medals for his service during World War II more than 65 years after he could have received them.

Vic George served in the Merchant Navy before being injured in 1943.

He spent the rest of the war training cadets, but said he did not apply for his four medals because he believed others were more deserving.

He said he was now "very pleased" with medals, after he got help from Plymouth Age Concern to apply for them.

As well as recently receiving his telegram from the Queen, the medals Mr George was awarded included: the Pacific Star, Atlantic Star, 1939-45 Star and the War Medal (1939-45).

Mr George served as a civilian seaman before and during the war, but his ship, the Empire Whimbrel, was sunk by a German U-boat off west Africa in 1943.

'Very, very nice'

Because of his injuries, Mr George spent the rest of the war training young cadets at Gravesend in Kent.

Mr George never sent away for the medals he was entitled to receive, saying others deserved such tributes.

But the veteran was helped by staff at Plymouth Age Concern who did the necessary paperwork to make the application to the Ministry of Defence.

He said: "I'm very pleased and it's very, very nice.

"I didn't think I would be pleased, but I am."

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