Medal for fallen soldier

THE brother of a Nedging Tye soldier killed more than 50 years ago collected a medal in his honour yesterday.

Alan Clarke was presented with an Elizabeth Medal and memorial scroll on behalf of his brother, Lance Sergeant Peter Clarke, who died in Palestine in January 1948, at Wattisham Airfield.

The 21-year-old Grenadier Guard had been due to return to England just weeks later to marry his sweetheart, who had been an evacuee in Nedging Tye during World War Two.

Mr Clarke said: “We are very pleased we have got something to remember him by because we have never ever seen the grave since the day we buried him.”

The Elizabeth Cross medal was introduced in 2009 to give recognition to bereaved families of soldiers killed on operations or as a result of terrorist actions since January 1, 1948.