Medal surprise for Sheffield war vet’s century

Samuel Lidster celebrating his 100th birthday at his home in Stradbroke with one of his daughters Christine Gill
Samuel Lidster celebrating his 100th birthday at his home in Stradbroke with one of his daughters Christine Gill
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A WAR veteran was reunited with a haul of medals to rival Team GB in time for his 100th birthday.

Great-grandfather Samuel Lidster, a former radio technician who played a part in the D-Day Landings of World War Two, was overjoyed when a nephew found the collection which had been lost in the family for years.

He was also awarded a new set for his services to the RAF, along with historical records of his war-time duties.

The surprise came after relatives contacted the Ministry of Defence about Samuel’s military past.

The born and bred Sheffielder was given the extra-special present as he celebrated his milestone birthday with family and friends at his home in Walkley.

The relics will take pride of place alongside his telegram from The Queen.

The fiercely independent ex-warehouse worker had double reason to celebrate when daughter Margaret flew over from Canada to surprise her dad.

It had been around five years since the pair last saw one another.

Daughter Christine Gill, 69, of Gleadless, said: “We had a big marquee in the garden with everyone there. Dad loved it.

“He was absolutely over the moon. It was a really nice family reunion. We’d lost contact with one another but got back in touch this year.

“He was a leading aircraftsman and radio technician. Peter, his nephew, had been given the medals years ago. He contacted the RAF and after some consultation they awarded him a new set too.

“The war records show what Dad did on different days.”

After leaving the RAF, he had a varied career which saw him move from warehouse work to Sheffield Council. He was also a gardener and handyman following his retirement.

Christine said: “Dad’s probably happiest when pottering about the garden at home and doing odd jobs.”