Police officer from Calderdale reunites soldier with lost medal after finding it at Kabul bazaar

Superintendent Stan Bates reunites Mick France with his missing medal
Superintendent Stan Bates reunites Mick France with his missing medal

A police officer from Calderdale helping restore order in Afghanistan has reunited a former solider with his lost service model.

Superintendent Stan Bates is working as a civillian advisor to the police in the troubled country and stumbled across the medal at a bazaar in Kabul.

He discovered it engraved with the name of Mick France, a former Lance Corporal with the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment.

He bought it and contacted the regiment’s museum who, thanks to Facebook and a network of ex-soldiers, managed to track Mick down.

He said he lost the medal 13 years ago but does not know how it ended up in Afghanistan as he never served there.

“I’m so grateful and proud.,” he said.

“It’s absolutely fantastic to get it back.”