The son of a World War Two veteran who lost his father's medals on Remembrance Sunday has had them returned after a huge response to a social media appeal.
Willie McMurdo has been to every Remembrance service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall bar two since 1971 - and always wears his dad's medals.
But on Sunday as the parade finished Willie realised the precious war mementos had vanished.
He said: "The ground just opened up, I didn't know what to do and I shouted at the top of my voice: I've lost my dad's medals, has anybody seen any medals?"
The lost medals were returned after a Facebook appeal.
Willie frantically searched for an hour or so, even recruiting three Welsh soldiers to help in the mission - to no avail.
He described losing the medals as like losing his father all over again.
However, unbeknown to him, another ex-serviceman, former Petty Officer Cliff Palmer, was also in Whitehall for the parade and saw the medals lying on the ground.
"As soon as you see them your heart hits your throat, because you know having been a recipient what they mean to people. I said to people yesterday: I will die trying to find the person these medals belong to".