Sudbury veteran given honour by Norway for Second World War efforts

Tom Welsh (centre) is given a commemorative medal for his efforts to free Norway during the Second World War. Pictured with Sudbury mayor Sue Ayres and Colonel John Andreas Olsson, Norwegian Defence Attach� for the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Tom Welsh (centre) is given a commemorative medal for his efforts to free Norway during the Second World War. Pictured with Sudbury mayor Sue Ayres and Colonel John Andreas Olsson, Norwegian Defence Attach� for the United Kingdom and Ireland.

A Second World War veteran from Sudbury has been recognised for his service during the conflict.

On Tuesday, at Sudbury Town Hall, Colonel John Andreas Olsson, the Norwegian Defence Attaché to the United Kingdom and Ireland, presented Tom Welsh, 90, with the Norwegian Government’s commemorative medal for his service in helping to restore the country’s freedom from Nazi Germany.

Tom Welsh (centre) is given a commemorative medal for his efforts to free Norway during the Second World War. Pictured with Sudbury mayor Sue Ayres and Colonel John Andreas Olsson, Norwegian Defence Attach� for the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Tom Welsh (centre) is given a commemorative medal for his efforts to free Norway during the Second World War. Pictured with Sudbury mayor Sue Ayres and Colonel John Andreas Olsson, Norwegian Defence Attach� for the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Mr Welsh, from The Close, and a member of the Sudbury and district branch of the Royal British Legion, said he had fond memories of the country.

His son Terry said: “We are very proud of him. It’s fantastic that they made the effort to recognise him after all these years.”