Mistaken identity leads to new friendship for test vets

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Nuclear test veteran Douglas Hern (77), from Moulton, has a new pal thanks to a case of mistaken identity.

Fellow Royal Navy veteran Barry Harrison (73), who emigrated to New Zealand, was looking up an old shipmate called Douglas Hern – and found a different man with the same name, who served on a shore base, HMS Revolution, during the Christmas Island tests.

As well as a shared military history, the men have their birthdays on the same day and celebrated together last week after meeting for the first time.

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