Chilton pays tribute to veteran Lenny on Remembrance Sunday

War Veteran, Lenny Hanratty unveils a memorial plaque containing copies of his war medals after the originals were stolen in a burglary at his nursing home.
War Veteran, Lenny Hanratty unveils a memorial plaque containing copies of his war medals after the originals were stolen in a burglary at his nursing home.

On Remembrance Sunday, members of the Chilton community honoured Royal Engineer veteran, Lenny Hanratty who recently turned 90.

Lenny was awarded medals for his bravery and courage in Borneo, Malaysia and Korea.

Sadly, earlier this year, during a burglary at the nursing home where he lives, the war veteran’s medals were stolen.

Outraged at the crime, the Chilton community rallied round and held a fund raising event and established a fund giving website.

The monies raised enabled replacement medals to be returned to Lenny in September, however it was decided that this humble soldier should also be recognised further afield.

Therefore, a memorial plaque with another set of Lenny’s medals has been given pride of place in the Wheatsheaf Public House and on Remembrance Sunday, Lenny unveiled this memorial whilst a Scottish piper played a lament. It proved a very moving and fitting tribute to a real hero. Later in the day a tribute was also held for Law Hunter. Chilton Lad Law, sadly passed away recently. He served with great courage and bravery with the Royal Artillery during his tours of Northern Ireland at the height of the Troubles.

Monies were raised for the Royal British Legion Poppy Fund, including £200 from the auction of a Framed Glass Remembrance County Durham Flag.

In yet another kind gesture during the day, the winning bidders, Trevor Rigley and John Cumberland, donated the glass to the people of Chilton and it will now be on display in the Wheatsheaf.

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