Despite having risked his life many times for his country Wing Commander Branse Burbridge’s country is doing nothing for him.
The 93 year old veteran who suffers from Alzheimer’s has recently moved into a care home. Left with the burden of paying for his care, his family have no choice but to sell his medals.
The family say that while they are thrilled with the care which is provided by the home, they are shocked and disgusted that their father’s war medals have to be sold to pay for it.
Wing Commander Branse Burbridge won medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Distinguished Service Order for his heroic and daring attacks on Nazi forces.
He gave up his pacifist beliefs, joining the Air Force at the age of 19, and proved to be a brave and courageous pilot. No doubt he had hoped to pass his medals on to his family after he was gone.
Instead, they will be sold at auction to the highest bidder.
The Wing Commander and national hero paid into “the system” all his life via taxation and national insurance, and it is unlikely he ever contemplated his most treasured possessions being taken from him in his twilight years