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Replacement medals allow Government House ceremony to go ahead

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Cobble Hill's Gerald Farrow with B.C. Lt. Gov. Judith Guichon in a ceremony Thursday at Government House.
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Cobble Hill's Gerald Farrow finally received his moment in the spotlight Thursday.

Farrow, 93, was supposed to be honoured at Government House in Victoria for his service in the Second World War on Dec. 10, but had four service medals stolen from his vehicle a few weeks before the scheduled meeting with B.C. Lt. Gov. Judith Guichon.

A Victoria firm managed to secure replacement medals and the delayed meeting with Guichon finally transpired Feb. 20, better late than never for Farrow.

"She presented the medals and we had a snack — a very nice person to talk to,'' said Farrow.

"It was excellent, very well done and she was very nice.''

The medals included: the 1939-45 Battle of Britain Star, the Burma Star, the Defence Medal and the 1939-45 War Medal.

Farrow didn't get a chance to view the replacement medals until the presentation. "I'm just grateful I got them back,'' he said.

The medals have great significance, but the concept behind them remains more prominent to Farrow, who was part of a mobile surgical unit during the war.

"It's what we did working in Burma,'' he stressed. "That's what I was most interested in.''

The original medals were never recovered and no clues surfaced pertaining to their whereabouts.

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