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23rd Jun 2017

Hugh Grant kindly offers £1,000 for the return of blind WW2 veteran’s medals

Paul Moore


In Love Actually, Hugh Grant portrayed the Prime Minister with a sense of vigour, compassion and kindness, but in real life, the actor has personified these traits with a lovely gesture towards a blind World War II veteran.

Alfred Barlow, 95, from Stockport, Greater Manchester, was recently returning from a visit to Normandy when he noticed that his WWII medals were missing.

During his time in military service, Mr Barlow won; the 1939-1945 Star, the France & Germany Star, the 1939-1945 War Medal and The Palestine Medal.

After becoming aware that Mr Barlow had lost his prizes possessions, Hugh Grant has offered an £1,000 reward for their safe return to the WW2 veteran.

Mr Barlow was at Norton Canes Services, near Walsall on the M6 Toll, when he lost these four medals.

“These medals are worth very little to sell, but to me they are priceless,” he said.

The veteran, who turns 96 on Sunday, added that it “would make my birthday if I was able to have them back again.”

If you have any information about their whereabouts, please contact contact the Blind Veterans UK charity.

We hope that they’re returned to him safely and fair play to Hugh Grant for offering up his own money. Gent.