Stolen Medals Handed into Thames Valley Police.

RP578

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At the risk of asking a stupid question; are those the actual medals that were recovered? The last on in the group is the New Zealand War Service Medal.
 
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RP578 said:
At the risk of asking a stupid question; are those the actual medals that were recovered? The last on in the group is the New Zealand War Service Medal.
Here's his number ...

Det Sgt Mark Heybourne from Reading Priority Crime Team on 0845 8 505505.

Every little bit of information helps.
 

RP578

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Ord_Sgt said:
As for ID, weren't Number rank and name stamped on the rim back then?
Not as standard on British issued WW2 medals. This was due to the sheer number issued. You could get them stamped, but I think you had to send off especially for that service. Not sure about the NZWS Medal though.
 
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Ord_Sgt said:
The owner could of course be a Kiwi. As for ID, weren't Number rank and name stamped on the rim back then?
According to LINK the NZ medal was issued un-engraved.

RP578 ... are you phoning the Plod with the clue?
As you live in that country [possibly]?
 
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HS12 said:
Is the centre medal an Italy Star, with the Africa Star next to it?
Yup ... Africa Star then Italy Star.
Africa Star has probable "8th Army" bar.
Which is the set you would expect a Kiwi to have.
They got some really sh1tty postings in ww2, and were superb.

incidentally, I see the TVP picture [below] is titled "NZ War Medals", so I think the TV Plod know what they are!! The NZ one has NZ written all over it, after all ... :lol:
 

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blue_sophist said:
RP578 ... are you phoning the Plod with the clue?
As you live in that country [possibly]?
Got an answer phone and left a message. Can't see how it won't tell them anything new though (unless the Plod are thick as mince) as the medal should carry the legend: FOR SERVICE TO NEW ZEALAND 1939-1945 on the reverse.

HS12 said:
Is the centre medal an Italy Star, with the Africa Star next to it?
They are: 1939-19945 star, AFRICA STAR (the clasp isn't legible at that file size, but I'm guessing it's 8TH ARMY as it belongs to Kiwi), ITALY STAR, WAR MEDAL, NZWS MEDAL.
 
#10
Well, that's all right then. We're all agreed, and now all we have is some poor old Kiwi who must be at least 85 years old who's had his medals nicked by some Reading scum.

Which narrows the field to around 50% of ...

The borough has a population of 144,000 in an area of 40.40 km², while the Office for National Statistics' definition of the urban area of Reading is significantly larger at 232,662 people in an area of 55.35 km². This latter area – sometimes referred to as Greater Reading – incorporates the town's eastern and western suburbs outside the borough, in the civil parishes of Earley, Woodley, Purley-on-Thames and Tilehurst (see below for further details).
God, it was an awful place. And that was at least 10 years ago.
 
#11
I spoke to plod on this, there is no name, rank, No engraved on any of the medals they seem to be the original due to the condition they are in. Also plod have spoken to some medal experts but not had much luck apart from being rare due to the NZ medal. I passed on the details for the veterians agency, I am affraid it looks like there will be a poor chance that we can get these medals back to te rightful owner.

If they catch the chav w@nker, send him to afgan, so he little sh1te realises what this veterian went through.


Stilts
 
#12
Might be worth pointing them in the direction of Brock Barracks as the 'club' there, hosts a number of veterans associations meetings. I'll get on the phone to plod now.

And of course there's the Italy Star Association.
 
#13
Erm...have the plod contacted the NZ DA at the HC? After all the NZ armed forces are so small, they are probably still chuntering about this shocking theft at the mess bar! :twisted:
 
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Cuddles said:
Erm...have the plod contacted the NZ DA at the HC? After all the NZ armed forces are so small, they are probably still chuntering about this shocking theft at the mess bar! :twisted:
True, when I worked with RNZAF they didn't have ID cards as they all knew each other ...

Hat, Coat .... :oops:
 

RP578

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I wonder if it it's more likely to be a family heirloom? Especially given its NZ origins. I've just tried calling the RBL branch there, but no one's answering. I guess the Rozzers would have already spoken to them, but it can't hurt I suppose.
 
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I've just shown this little thread to Mrs B_S, who must get pi66ed off with me spending so much time on the PC.

In the space of one page, the ARRSE community is ...

1. Concerned.
2. Researching.
3. Contacting people.

The Power of ARRSE is fantastic.
 
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blue_sophist said:
Cuddles said:
Erm...have the plod contacted the NZ DA at the HC? After all the NZ armed forces are so small, they are probably still chuntering about this shocking theft at the mess bar! :twisted:
True, when I worked with RNZAF they didn't have ID cards as they all knew each other ...

Hat, Coat .... :oops:
Yes, the attached kiwi officers in 2nd Field had a group photo on their id cards because there were so few of them! Hello Matt by the way - you legend!
 
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STILTS said:
If they catch the chav w@nker, send him to afgan, so he little sh1te realises what this veterian went through.
Do you know what this bloke went through then or do you assume ALL WWII veterans were in the thick of it just as you assume everybody in Afghan is!
 
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Fallschirmjager said:
STILTS said:
If they catch the chav w@nker, send him to afgan, so he little sh1te realises what this veterian went through.
Do you know what this bloke went through then or do you assume ALL WWII veterans were in the thick of it just as you assume everybody in Afghan is!
Oooh you heroes! So jealous of your glory...which to be fair, anyone who went on a Grapple or two and Resolute 1 was, to the clean up boys on Resolute 2 and beyond!
 

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