Spalding war veteran Tom (97) to receive medal from Norway

Veteran Tom Fowler pictured in January with Jean-Claude Lafontaine. SG230116-149TW
Veteran Tom Fowler pictured in January with Jean-Claude Lafontaine. SG230116-149TW
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Spalding war veteran Tom Fowler (97) is to receive a medal from Norway’s government to recognise his services in helping to restore that country’s freedom during the Second World War.

Mr Fowler was one of the brave 4th Lincolns involved in the first land fight of the war between British and German troops at Norway’s remote Krog’s Farm in April 1940.

In January this year, the D-Day veteran was presented with France’s highest award – the Legion d’honneur – for helping to restore freedom to France.

Jean-Claude Lafontaine, who presented the Legion d’honneur to Tom at Spalding’s Lighthouse Church, said: “It’s an amazing opportunity to say thank you to Tom Fowler who came to France nearly 70 years ago and was ready to give his life in a way we will never forget.”

Tom will be presented with his Norway medal at a lunch later this month that will be attended by members of his family and Spalding branch of The Lincolns regimental association.

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