13 January 2020

Former Navy personnel, John Manners, 105, is to be awarded a medal by the Norwegian authorities for the role he played in the liberation of Norway at the end of World War II.

The Norwegian Military Attaché will visit John at his home in Bayford House, Newbury, on Friday 22 November, where he will arrive in an embassy car and present John with his medal.

During the war, John served as a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy and survived over three bomb attacks. The medal is a reward for the role he played, particularly in the sinking of a German U-Boat off the east English coast.

To celebrate the remarkable achievement, John’s son and daughter will join him at the home, where staffed have organised a presentation ceremony with 30 pupils from Stockcross CE Primary, who he shares his war stories with for the school’s module on WWII.

Christine Hutchings, General Manager at Bayford House, said: “We are really excited to host this amazing event. John is such a brave man who has lived an incredible life and it’s great to see him being honoured in such a special way for what he achieved during the war.”

John recently celebrated his 105th birthday at the home where he revealed his secret for a long, happy life to be: “Just don’t do anything stupid!”

Bayford House Bupa Care Home welcomes anyone in need of nursing or residential care. Residents are offered a full programme of regular and seasonal activities, as well as 24-hour access to highly trained medical and care staff.

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