Veterans

WWII Veteran's Medals Stolen For Second Time

The 106-year-old veteran had his medals stolen once before, in 2014.

Leslie Stelfox served during the campaign for North Africa (Picture: SWNS).

Second World War medals belonging to a 106-year-old veteran have been stolen for the second time.

The medals were first stolen in 2014 during a burglary, but they were later returned to him.

Leslie Stelfox served in the 7th Armoured Division, also known as the Desert Rats, and is currently living in Sittingbourne, Kent, where his medals were stolen again on Saturday.

A 40-year-old man was arrested over the theft last week, but the medals have not yet been traced.

Mr Stelfox said: "This is another kick in the teeth.

“The medals are no good to anybody else, but they proved I’d done my bit for the country.”

His wallet, with about £45 inside, was also taken and cases, storing his Army records, passport and birth certificate, were smashed, although the documents were not touched.

Local police have appealed for people with any information which could lead to the medals to contact the force (Picture: SWNS).

Mr Stelfox's grandson told the media the medals have no monetary value but hold huge sentimental value to his grandfather.

The medals taken were: General Service for Palestine 1938; the 1945 Star; General Service 1936-1938; Italian Star 1939-1945; North Africa Star 1939-1945 and General Service 1939-1945.

Some of them bear Mr Stelfox's war service number, 4124264, on their back. 

Medals belonging to Mr Stelfox's father, a First World War veteran, have also been stolen. One was for long service and one related to HMS Swift, which would have been awarded for either saving the ship or someone’s life.

Kent Police have since published a statement, asking the public for information about the medals from both World Wars.

The medals were first stolen in 2014 during a burglary, but they were later returned to him.

Anyone with information that could help to locate the medals should contact Kent Police on 01795 419119, quoting 46/150616/19.