A Pendle former military man who was shot in his chest in South Arabia in the Sixties has been given a medal and badges by the Royal British Legion for his 45 year support for the Poppy Appeal.
Ian White, who served in the RAF, was wounded in action while in service with the Aden Security Forces in November 11th, 1965 – Armistice Day. And he was flown back to Britain by the Casualty Evacuation service.
Since then he has worked in his local community with Ex-Service Personnel for 45 years. Mr White (68) lives in Colne and has been a member of St John Ambulance in Nelson and also the Pendle Hippodrome Theatre in Colne.
And on Sunday he was honoured by the Royal British Legion. They went along to Colne Legion on Armed Forces Day and presented him with 20 year and 25 year Merit Badges and a 30 year medal with 35 and 40 year bars attached.
And he said: “It worked very well. I was very pleased with it – it’s nice! I am pleased that my Poppy Appeal service has been recognised.”
Ian has also been a regular St John first aider around Pendle and has looked after the Nelson Ambulance Hall, too.