D-Day veteran Bernard Jordan’s medals auctioned for charity

Bernard Jordan
Bernard Jordan
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WAR medals belonging to the late D-Day veteran Bernard Jordan, who won the hearts of the nation when he left his care home to attend last year’s 70th anniversary events, will be auctioned for charity.

The medals – including a 1939-45 Star; an Atlantic star with a France and Germany clasp; an Italy Star; and a Second World War Defence and War medal – could fetch up to £1,000 when they are sold at Wallis and Wallis in Lewes, East Sussex, on March 17.

The lot will also be accompanied by a portrait of Mr Jordan on canvas and a coloured print of a Bob cartoon from The Sunday Telegraph from June last year, showing Mr Jordan astride Steve McQueen’s motorcycle clearing barbed wire as in the film The Great Escape.

Mr Jordan died aged 90 on December 30 – six months after earning the nickname the Great Escaper for his cross-Channel escapade via Portsmouth to board a ferry last 
summer.

His disappearance to Normandy on June 5 sparked a police search that led to him being catapulted to international attention.