Hero soldiers honoured by Yad Vashem

By Rosa Doherty, October 24, 2013

Yad Vashem honoured the relatives of five British PoWs this week by naming them Righteous Amongst the Nations in a ceremony at the House of Lords.

Also receiving the awards, presented by Israeli envoy Daniel Taub, were the relatives of a Lithuanian and a Polish citizen.

Lord Janner, who hosted the event, said: “I’m proud to celebrate and remember the selfless acts of these individuals. We can not forget the heinous crimes of the Holocaust.”

The British men being honoured were part of a group of 10 servicemen who saved the life of 16-year-old Sarah Matuson after she escaped from Stutthof concentration camp.

Collecting the award on behalf of British serviceman Edwin Alan Hambling were his grandsons, Jason and Adam Laird.

Adam said: “It has been a rollercoaster ride, we had no knowledge of our granddad’s story… a private detective tracked the family down.”

Last updated: 12:54pm, October 24 2013