Collector pays £1,650 for Hove war veteran’s medals

Posted On 17 Mar 2015 at 12:46 pm

A collector of military memorabilia has paid £1,650 for medals and other items belonging to Hove war veteran Bernard Jordan.

Mr Jordan, a former of mayor of Hove and leader of the council, won fame last year for his “great escape”.

Bernie Jordan after returning from his "great escape"

Bernie Jordan after returning from his “great escape”

He disappeared from the care home where he lived in Hove to join former comrades in Normandy to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings during the Second World War.

The medals included an Atlantic Star and the other items included a portrait of Mr Jordan and a cartoon celebrating his escapades last June.

Mr Jordan, a Royal Navy veteran, died on Tuesday 30 December at the age of 90. The sale of his medals will benefit the RNLI the charity to which he and his wife Rene bequeathed their £600,000 estate.

Rene Jordan, his wife of 59 years, died at the age of 88 a week after her husband.

Mr Jordan’s medals were sold at auction today (Tuesday 17 March) by auctioneers Wallis and Wallis in Lewes. They were bought by Andrew Butler, a collector, from Ramsgate, in Kent.

Bernie and Rene Jordan

Bernie and Rene Jordan

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