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Former Minster soldier, Geoffrey Jordan, receives a medal 60 years late for his work during Queen Elizabeth's coronation

15 February 2014
by Lewis Dyson

A former soldier who took part in Queen Elizabeth’s coronation has received a commemorative medal more than 60 years later.

Geoffrey Jordan, of Chapel Street, Minster, was a member of the Coldstream Guards and he marched in the parade when the young Queen ascended to the throne in June 1953.

The Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal was handed out to soldiers who took part in the celebrations – but Mr Jordan somehow missed out.

Geoffrey Jordan with his medal received for being a guardsman during Queen Elizabeth's coronation

Geoffrey Jordan with his medal received for being a guardsman during Queen Elizabeth's coronation

The 80-year-old said: “I don’t really know why I didn’t get one. I suppose being a young man I didn’t really care about having one.”

It was only recently, at the suggestion of his friend Terry Danton, that he decided to investigate further.

Mr Danton, 84, called on his friend in the Rifle Brigade Association, Jock Easton, who has experience of reuniting servicemen with medals.

He took up the challenge and managed to track down one of the medals – and arranged for it to be sent out to the proud recipient.

Mr Jordan said: “It was only the fact that Terry’s friend was able to get one. I feel quite pleased about it now.”

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