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Former army Cpl Norman Newbold receives his Veterans Badge at Hickathrift House in Marshland St James




Ex-army Cpl Norman Newbold of the Royal Fusiliers, who is a resident at Hickathrift House Care Home, Marshland St James, has received his Veterans Badge 70 years after he completed his national service in June 1949.
Norman had recently been invited to attend an Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club meeting held at Rose Lodge Care Home, Wisbech, where it was found that several veterans still to receive their Veterans Badges.

Staff at both homes are actively applying for Veterans Badges for those who have yet to receive theirs.

Warrant Officer JM Hall presents Norman Newbold with his Veterans Badge watched by Ceri Mills, Hickathrift's general manager. (22283964)
Warrant Officer JM Hall presents Norman Newbold with his Veterans Badge watched by Ceri Mills, Hickathrift's general manager. (22283964)

The HM Armed Forces veterans’badge was launched in May 2004 by the then Minister for Veterans Ivor Caplin to enable the wider public to identify veterans. The first lapel badge was issued on 10 May 2004 to Lord Healey, a veteran of the Battle of Monte Cassino. This initiated the roll-out of the badge to the generation who served in the Second World War. Since then eligibility to apply for the badge has been extended in sequential phases and now all veterans are eligible to apply.

Mr Newbold’s family was able to provide his service record book which allowed the ease of the application and he is the first of several to receive his Veterans Badge at Hickathrift House. His badge was presented by Warrant Officer Class 1 JM Hall Royal Engineers (Hickathrift House Head of Maintenance) who is also a Veteran and current Army Reservist. Also pictured at the presentation is Ceri Mills (general manager).


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