‘No one seems to care these days, older people are just treated like a bit of rubbish. The country is not as we all hoped. It is not what we fought for. We were proud to fight for the country and I was proud to wear the medals. Now I just hope they can go to help the children and the future and make it better.’
These impassioned words were from the mouth of a 91-year-old British war hero who listed for the army at the age of 14 just so he could be part of the war and defend his country. However, the veteran is very disappointed now with how the elderly, like him, are treated in the country he has fought bravely for in the past. And in protest, he gave away his war medal collection – his own as well as those which his brother and his father, who fought in the Boer Wars and the First World War, earned.
Stanley Fox was a mere 14-year-old lad when he signed up to fight in WWII. He was taken to Africa as a PoW for two years but he endured torture and remained loyal to the British army.
He handed his medals to the Children’s Hospice South West. It will go into charity auction.
Included in the assortment of honors he gave away was a Military Cross which was awarded to him for his heroic deeds during the Second World War.