Grantham SAS veteran still looking for medals lost in London

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An SAS veteran from Barrowby is still looking for a number of medals and clothing lost in London while visiting a Remembrance event.

Peter Bennett, 80, who suffers from dementia, lost his SAS beret, his overcoat and bag and nine medals between the service and when he returned home to Grantham the following day, his family said.

A number of items have since been found including some miniature versions of the medals and a bag at Leeds railway station, but Mr Bennett discovered medals and items of clothing were still missing.

His daughter Giulia said: “My father has found his bag, which contained some of his medals but he is still missing his coat, SAS beret and large medals as shown in the photo.”

Mr Bennett visited London for the opening of the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey on Thursday, when Prince Harry and the Duke of Edinburgh paid tribute to Britain’s fallen soldiers. Among the decorations were service medals from his time in Oman, Yemen and Malaya.

Mr Bennett took part in a local Remembrance service on Sunday morning carrying a banner for the Royal British Legion and kept wondering where his medals were, his daughter Giulia Bennett said.

“He is obviously asking for them, and he gets a bit upset when he remembers and realises he doesn’t have them. We are just more upset for him really, and angry with ourselves that he was on his own without care.”

Mr Bennett was just 19 when he joined the SAS in 1954, after doing National Service with the 12 Lancers Royal Cavalry.

He spent his 21st birthday in the jungle of Malaya - a date he hid from his colleagues to avoid any unpleasant surprises - and went on to serve in the Gulf for a number of years.

He served in Oman with Johnny Cooper, one of the founders of the SAS, his family said, and spent time in Yemen with Colonel Jim Johnson, who was responsible for running Britain’s secret war against Egyptian forces there during the mid-1960s.

At one point, Mr Bennett told his family, he and his colleagues knew Sir Ranulph, who fought in Oman, and helped get him out of trouble “a couple of times”, before he finally came home in 1967.