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A first world war hero’s medals have been presented to his regimental museum.

Sergeant Percy Lockett served with the 1/6 Battalion of the Manchester Regiment and was awarded the Military Medal for an act of gallantry in France in 1917.

It was accompanied by a handwritten citation.

Sergeant Lockett, of Cheshire, also received a 1914-18 British War Medal, and the 1914-15 Star and a long-service medal awarded for his service as a member of the Cheshire Special Constabulary.

He survived the war but died of cancer in his 50s.

His daughter-in-law, Mrs Audrey Lockett (79) of Spring Lane, Farnsfield, has looked after his medals since her husband, and Sergeant Lockett’s son, Mr Norman Lockett, died four years ago. The couple were married for 40 years.

Mr Norman Lockett kept his father’s medals in his bedside drawer.

Mrs Lockett said she wanted Sergeant Lockett’s courage to be remembered and his medals properly preserved so she approached the Farnsfield branch of the Royal British Legion for advice.

“I wanted the medals to be kept safe and treasured,” she said. “I knew they meant a lot to Percy and to my husband.

“I didn’t want someone finding them when I had died and selling them on.”

Mrs Lockett showed the medals to the chairman of the Farnsfield Royal British Legion, Mr Trevor Wilds, who recognised them as an important historical collection.

Mr Wilds contacted Sergeant Lockett’s regimental museum in Ashton-under-Lyme, which was happy to accept, preserve and exhibit the medals as part of regimental archives.

Mr Wilds went with Mrs Lockett to the museum so she could donate them personally.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the day at the museum and I’m very grateful that they will be able to preserve the record of Percy’s gallantry,” she said.

Mrs Lockett donated other items including two silver cigarette cases and a hard tack biscuit on which Sergeant Lockett had written a message to his wife, Mrs May Lockett, saying that he loved her dearly and would be on a train home soon.

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