Student, 23, launches a desperate appeal for the return of

Student, 23, appeals for help finding her 95-year-old WWII veteran grandfather’s military beret after he lost it on his way home from a Remembrance service

  • Roy Miller, 95, is thought to have lost the beret around London Bridge this week
  • Granddaughter Ella Nokes, 23,has pleaded for safe return of the sentimental cap 
  • Hundreds of Twitter users have offered to help locate the ‘sentimental’ beret
  • Mr Miller served with the Royal Navy in South-East Asia in 19944 during WWII

A granddaughter has launched an appeal to find her veteran grandfather’s military beret which he lost while attending the Remembrance service in London.

Roy Miller, 95, who served during World War Two, is thought to have lost the sentimental cap around London Bridge Station while attending the poignant commemorations at Whitehall on Friday. 

Kindhearted granddaughter Ella Nokes, 23, has pleaded, via Twitter, for the safe return of the beret which Roy has worn since serving with the Royal Navy in South-East Asia from 1944.

The student, who lives in London, said the beret was extremely ‘sentimental’ to her grandfather – who was even invited to the Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. 

Kindhearted granddaughter Ella Nokes has pleaded for the safe return of Roy Miller’s beret which he has worn since serving with the Royal Navy in South-East Asia from 1944

Taking to Twitter, Ella said: ‘My grandad, 95 year old WW2 veteran Roy Miller, was attending remembrance services in London this week, and has LOST his green military beret, probably in or around London Bridge Station. if anyone has seen it, please let me know! @Tfl’.

‘It will have his Burma Star Association badge on the front!’ she later wrote. 

Hundreds have people have flooded to offer their help in locating the missing beret, with some even offering a reward if it is found. 

Southeastern Rail also told Ella they have alerted the station managers and all the staff at London Bridge Station to look out for the veteran’s cap. 

The student, 23, said the beret was extremely ‘sentimental’ to her grandfather who has even been photographed meeting Theresa May in it when she was prime minister

Taking to Twitter, Ella said: ‘My grandad, 95 year old WW2 veteran Roy Miller, was attending remembrance services in London this week, and has LOST his green military beret’

‘He was on his way back from a Remembrance service in Whitehall, on Friday afternoon when lost it,’ Ella told Femail.

‘He said he realised he didn’t have the beret with him as he pulled out of the station. Unfortunately he fell over on Friday at his flat, and rang my mum to let her know, that’s when we heard about the hat.

‘He was rushed to A&E with pain on Saturday morning, and we found out he had sadly broken a rib! I tweeted about the hat to cheer him up, to see if someone could find it. He is upset but mostly cross with himself, but is delighted at the response and the interest.’


Hundreds have people have flooded to offer their help in locating the missing beret, with some even offering a reward if it is found

The granddaughter later tweeted she has been ‘amazed’ by the response online after 14,000 users retweeted her plea. 

Roy, from Wallington, south London, was a gunner on aircraft carrier HMS Indomitable, helping to see off a number of kamikaze attacks by Japanese planes.

He is also famous for appearing in the ‘Rethink Remembrance’ campaign, where he sold Theresa May her first poppy.

Ella said: ‘He has a very close relationship with his two daughters and four granddaughters – he is always going on about being blessed with all the women looking after him! We’re very proud of him.’

Other Twitter users shared similar stories and thanked Roy for his services during the war.

He is also famous for appearing in the ‘Rethink Remembrance’ campaign, where he sold Theresa May her first poppy

Mr Miller was a gunner on aircraft carrier HMS Indomitable, helping to see off a number of kamikaze attacks by Japanese planes

‘Many years ago I was assisting a veteran who also lost his cap. Sadly his was never found but the Royal British Legion were amazing and were able to present him with a replacement. Not the same I know, but he also greatly valued the replacement. I hope he finds his,’ one Twitter user wrote.

‘My grandfather was in Burma too. He died of premature old age at 45 after 3 years in a pow camp. It’s so lovely to see you with your grandfather. I never met mine, my dad was so young when he died but we never forget. Thank you for sharing your pic and hope its found,’ another said. 

In a 2010 interview he told the BBC: ‘Kamikaze aircraft, we were warned about then, we were told we had to shoot them down or we’d lose the ship,’ he says.

‘We were attacked three or four times but we managed to fight them off, I believe we shot them down.’

He spent nearly three years fighting during the war and was on board with one of the warships which took surrender in Hong Kong.   

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