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Medals blunder is a rank disgrace.

Bungling Army chiefs have demoted pensioner Arthur Rose ( 50 years after he left their service.

Arthur, 68, left the Durham Light Infantry in 1960 after serving as a musician and stretcher-bearer during conflicts in Cyprus and Egypt.

But when a 50-year commemoration medal landed on his doormat earlier this week, he was shocked to see he had been demoted two ranks from corporal to private.

Arthur, of Chester-le-Street, said: "I sent off my general service medal, which I received in 1960, to the MoD earlier this year. I was supposed to have a 50-year commemoration medal added for my service in Egypt.

"But last week I received a new medal which said I was only a private and there was no sign of my old one.

"I phoned the MoD and they said the medal which I received in 1960 would probably have been melted down. I am still in shock.

"I don't think this would have happened to a major."

Arthur worked at the Consett Iron Company and then for Caterpillar before retiring 11 years ago.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 8, 2006
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