Romford widow honoured by veteran badge for WW2 husband
PUBLISHED: 14:41 13 December 2015 | UPDATED: 15:08 14 December 2015
The widow of a Second World War soldier, who was captured as a prisoner of war by German soldiers, has said she is "delighted" to receive a veteran lapel pin, on his behalf.
Edward Clements was awarded the honour posthumously, after his wife Doris applied, upon seeing an advertisement for it.
The badge is awarded for veterans, in order to encourage communities to recognise the soldiers who have or are currently serving the country.
Doris Clements, 92, of Easbury Road, said she was overwhelmed to have received the pin on her husband’s behalf.
She said: “Edward fought for his country and it is right that he is being honoured.
“After he came back, he was changed from the effects of war.
“Not long after he returned, his war pension was stopped as they thought he was fit enough to not need it.”
Edward Clements was called up to the army when he was 20 years old in 1940.
He trained as a signal man in the 10th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment.
He served in North Africa and Italy, where he fought in the Battle of Anzio in 1944.
After the battle, his regiment was disbanded after suffering huge losses of life.
He was immediately assigned to join the London Scottish Regiment, and he was ordered to stay in Italy.
Within two months, he had been captured by the Germans and placed in Stalag VII-A, the largest German prisoner-of-war camp, in Moosburg, near Munich.
In the camp, the men were often starved and Edward was once badly beaten with a German rifle, as punishment for stealing potatoes.
He stayed in the camp until the end of the war and was honourably discharged from the Army in 1946.
Upon returning to London, he worked as a tailor and a security guard at the British Musuem, where he loved exploring the Egyptian exhibitions after hours.
Edward died in 1984, aged 64.
He left behind his wife Doris, and two sons, Paul, 54 and John, 68.