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'Imposter' takes part in parade

The mystery man and his medals
Family medals would be worn on the right hand side, not the left

A man wearing military medals he is not thought to have earned took part in an Armistice Day parade in Warwickshire.

Organisers of the parade in Bedworth said they became suspicious of the man's 17 medals and SAS badges.

A parade organiser said one of the members asked him about his service as the badges were for a battle which took place after he would have served.

He said the man had admitted to the veteran who challenged him that he was an imposter.

Martin Harrison, a member of the Bedworth Armistice Day Committee, said there were a number of reasons that veterans became suspicious.

'Very unlikely'

These included the number of medals he had and the fact he wore them in two rows, rather than one, he said.

Mr Harrison said: "The combination is wrong, he's got an army long service medal and a military medal which is generally awarded to other ranks but he's then got several officer's decorations.

"It's not impossible, but very unlikely, and I think he would be well documented if that were the case."

Another expert said if the medals belonged to other family members, such as his parents, they would be worn on his right hand side, not the left where he wore them.

Parade organiser Jim Nicholson said association members were not made angry by such imposters but that it was not fair on people who watched the parade and believed they were watching military veterans.



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