Former PO Kathleen Blower receives WW2 medal in Portsmouth Credit Barry Swainsbury Royal Navy
Veterans

WWII Veteran Presented With Service Medal 73 Years Later

Former Petty Officer Kathleen Blower served during the Second World War at HMS Vernon, now known as Gunwharf Quays.

Former PO Kathleen Blower receives WW2 medal in Portsmouth Credit Barry Swainsbury Royal Navy

The WWII veteran received her medal at her care home in Portsmouth (Picture: Barry Swainsbury/Royal Navy).

Former Petty Officer Kathleen Blower was presented with her long-awaited World War Two campaign medal by the Commanding Officer of HMS Diamond, over 70 years after the war ended.

The 96-year-old served as a Petty Officer in the Royal Navy during WWII at HMS Vernon, now the site of Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth, and was also part of a support network which helped ships leaving Portsmouth as part of D-Day landings. 

The Commanding Officer of HMS Diamond, Commander Ben Keith presented the medal to the veteran at her care home in Portsmouth.

A ceremony was held inside the care home with some of the ship's company in attendance. 

It was arranged by her granddaughter, Lisa Davidson, who wanted her grandmother to receive her well-earned medal.

Kathleen arrived in Portsmouth in 1943 to serve in the Second World War.

Speaking to Portsmouth News, Kathleen said:

"‘I am very proud and pleased my family were here to see the presentation."

Local school children also came along to sing at the ceremony as well as giving a reading.

The ceremony came as a surprise to the veteran, as she thought she wasn't eligible for one. It wasn't until her granddaughter Lisa looked into it, that they realised she had in fact already been awarded one.

Seventy-three years later, she has finally received the recognition she deserved.