Spalding antiques dealer finally gets his medal - after 55 years

John Mumford with his National Service medal. SG2809115-143TW
John Mumford with his National Service medal. SG2809115-143TW
  • John Mumford served in Cyprus from 1958 to 1960
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A Spalding antiques dealer has finally got his military medal – 55 years after finishing national service.

John Mumford has been awarded the National Se rvice medal for the time he spent in Cyprus from 1958 to 1960.

All credit to Mr Mumford – he deserves it. He stood up there for the British trying to keep the peace

Peter Carter of Long Sutton Royal British Legion

The National Service Medal recognisesthose who served as conscripts for the United Kingdom between 1939 and 1960.

Mr Mumford, who has run Spalding Antiques in Abbey Path for 28 years, was just 19 when he started his national Service.

He said: “I went off four days before Christmas and was one of the last when national Service finished in 1960.

“It’s certainly something I’m pleased I did. It was quite an experience and taught us discipline. We lived in a tent because it was so warm and if we drove the open top Landrover we burnt our hands on the wheel and our legs on the seat.

“I was in the RAF police and finished as a corporal. For three or four months I was stationed at the Middle East Air Force HQ.

“I can remember being on duty and saluting Air Chief Marshal Sir William MacDonald, who was the commander in chief.

“I was on duty when the nation’s first president Archbishop Makarios returned to the island. There were lots of cars that day - it was quite something.”

Mr Mumford was encouraged to apply for the medal by Peter Carter of Long Sutton Royal British Legion.

Mr Carter said: “All credit to Mr Mumford – he deserves it. He stood up there for the British trying to keep the peace.”