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Last Updated: Sunday, 9 November, 2003, 11:53 GMT
Suez veteran joins ceremony
A Wiltshire ex-serviceman has commemorated Remembrance Sunday wearing a medal he has waited 50 years to receive.

John Sankey from Bradford-on-Avon received the medal for service in the Suez Canal conflict between 1951 and 1954.

Many veterans of the Suez conflict, including Mr Sankey, only received their medals after pressure from the Royal British Legion led the military to recognise their bravery.

Mr Sankey, 72, said although events took place 50 years ago Remembrance Day was important to remind people of the past.

Recently it emerged that the last living British World War I soldier decorated for bravery had shocked a veterans' association by re-appearing six years after they recorded him as dead.

Lance Corporal James Lovell, 104, from Bristol, was assumed to have died by the World War I Veterans' Association after a newsletter was sent back to them marked "return to sender".




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