Mum’s pride for Korea war hero at ceremony

Photo shows Yvette Kenyon, sixth from left, next to her son, Fred Kenyon, second from left
Photo shows Yvette Kenyon, sixth from left, next to her son, Fred Kenyon, second from left
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HALIFAX mum Yvette Kenyon was brought to tears as she accepted the Elizabeth Cross medal in honour of her late grandfather, who died in 1951 fighting in the Korean War.

Fred Kenyon was just 26 when he lost his life protecting his country.

Yvette said: “I received confirmation that I was entitled to the Elizabeth Cross at the same time I was doing an event management module on my course so came up with the idea of doing the presentation of the medal at a formal dinner for the veterans.”

Along with classmates Bibiana Gradosova, Joyce Chapim and Nisar Khan, the quartet hosted the event at the College’s Grove restaurant for veterans of the Korean war who were commemorated for their services.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Geoff Reid and Lady Mayoress Mrs Chris Reid were also in attendance for the evening.

The award was presented by Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire David Dinmore.

He said: “It is a privilege and pleasure for me to be here to represent Her Majesty the Queen on this auspicious occasion when we present the Elizabeth Cross to Yvette.

“It is a special delight for me because two years ago I had the honour of presenting to a number of veterans here the peace medal.

“The Deputy Lieutenant added: “It is essential we don’t forget those who served in and died in that conflict.”

Almost 100,000 British troops fought in the Korean War, between 1950-1953, so for them to still be remembered 64 years on was something special and a very proud day for my family, according to Yvette who added: “It was a fantastic event, we had a great time.”