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WWII Cypriot veteran posthumously awarded

The UK’s Ministry of Defence Medal Office has posthumously awarded a Cypriot veteran of the Second World War three medals.

Neophytos Georgiou Kamara from Emba in the Paphos district joined the Cyprus Regiment of the British Army as a volunteer in 1940.

He initially fought in North Africa, along with other Cypriots, in the famous battles of El Alamein and Tobruk, but was captured a year later in Greece by the Nazis.

Georgiou was sent to a Prisoner of War labour camp in Germany, where he spent four years until the camp was liberated following the end of the war.

He died a year and a half ago at the age of 96.

According to Cyprus News Agency, he was awarded the War Medal, the Africa Star and the 1939-45 Star.

The medals were recently received by his son, Giorgos Hadjigeorgiou, a former head of the Fire Service.

Hadjigeorgiou expressed his family’s satisfaction with the awards, noting that it would have been a great honour for his father had he received these distinctions while alive.

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