THE FIRST ‘Medals Week’ staged by the Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust was so successful that it is planned to become an annual attraction.
In the week following Armistice Day, the Trust’s Fleets to Flying Boats Centre in the Royal Dockyard staged a display of mainly military medals – and the invitation was made to military veterans and families to bring their medals.
Glynnis Iles, of the Sunderland Trust, said: People from all over west Wales came with medals which covered campaigns from the early 1900s to very recent conflicts involving UK forces.
We are very grateful to all those who brought medals and to see the displays. Among special displays were medals from the South African wars over a century ago and medals and memorabilia of a Royal Navy man who saw action at the Battle of the River Plate in 1939.
The medals of an 8th Army Desert Rat; of a Royal Navy seaman who served on aircraft carriers in the Far East in World War II and a rare 1950s Kenya service medal were some of the highlights for us to see.
Family members also showed us campaign medals of relatives who served in the Great War, especially poignant as we approach the 100th anniversary of the start of that conflict.