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Joy as medals of war hero stolen from Burnley house returned

Lancashire Telegraph: Jean Sanderson with the medals Jean Sanderson with the medals

A BURNLEY grandmother has spoken of her delight after she was reunited with her grandfather’s stolen war medals – thanks to a Lancashire Telegraph appeal.

Jean Sanderson was left heartbroken after she noticed the medals, earned by Pte Thomas Henry Lord in the First World War, had been taken from her home in Roland Street, Rosegrove.

But now the 65-year-old is all smiles after a collector recognised the medals from the story and handed them over to police.

Mrs Sanderson, who got the medals back on Tuesday night, said: “More or less from the moment I realised they were gone, I never thought I’d see them again.

“I knew they didn’t have much value but they are pretty much all I have belonging to my grandfather. I never met him and these were to be passed on to my grandchildren.

“When the police rang to say they’d been handed in, I was over the moon. It was superb. My whole family is chuffed. I’m just so pleased.” Pte Lord earned the medals - the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Allied Victory Medal - for his service with the Royal Army Medical Corps in Alexandria, Egypt.

He died in Sabden in the 1940s and passed the medals on to his daughter, Ursula Lord, who in turn gave them to her niece, Mrs Sanderson, four years ago.

Mrs Sanderson said: “I can’t thank them enough, the person who bought the medals. It just shows you the power of the newspaper appeal.

“I need to give them a good polish and they’ll be stored somewhere safer from now on. My grandson Rob is especially happy as he’s really into his military history.”

A flute belonging to Mrs Sanderson’s 36-year-old daughter Jennifer, which was also stolen, has not been recovered.

l A 48-year-old man from Rosegrove has appeared at Burnley Magistrates’ Court charged with burglary and theft between March 20 and April 20.

Gary Williams, of Griffin Close, was bailed to appear at Burnley Crown Court for a plea and case management hearing in September.

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2:20pm Thu 12 Jun 14

shytalk says...

I knew they didn’t have much value but they are pretty much all I have belonging to my grandfather says Jean Sanderson.....THEY HAD SERIOUS VALUE. more than money can pay for. Any medal earned by a British hero has serious value more than money can pay for.
I knew they didn’t have much value but they are pretty much all I have belonging to my grandfather says Jean Sanderson.....THEY HAD SERIOUS VALUE. more than money can pay for. Any medal earned by a British hero has serious value more than money can pay for. shytalk
  • Score: 12

3:14pm Thu 12 Jun 14

caballo says...

I'd rather there was a picture of Gary Williams than the medals, just for reference purposes of course!
I'd rather there was a picture of Gary Williams than the medals, just for reference purposes of course! caballo
  • Score: 11

3:23pm Thu 12 Jun 14

andy1 says...

caballo wrote:
I'd rather there was a picture of Gary Williams than the medals, just for reference purposes of course!
Some one will know the thief.
[quote][p][bold]caballo[/bold] wrote: I'd rather there was a picture of Gary Williams than the medals, just for reference purposes of course![/p][/quote]Some one will know the thief. andy1
  • Score: 6

4:36pm Thu 12 Jun 14

DaveBurnley says...

No doubt he will face our terrifying Judge Lunt, and be told not to be naughty again.
No doubt he will face our terrifying Judge Lunt, and be told not to be naughty again. DaveBurnley
  • Score: 8

5:08pm Thu 12 Jun 14

onsidecobra says...

If Mr Williams gets a slap on the wrist let's hope it is with a lump hammer!
If Mr Williams gets a slap on the wrist let's hope it is with a lump hammer! onsidecobra
  • Score: 4

6:47pm Thu 12 Jun 14

BIGGLESTOE says...

onsidecobra wrote:
If Mr Williams gets a slap on the wrist let's hope it is with a lump hammer!
After ricocheting off his bonce!
[quote][p][bold]onsidecobra[/bold] wrote: If Mr Williams gets a slap on the wrist let's hope it is with a lump hammer![/p][/quote]After ricocheting off his bonce! BIGGLESTOE
  • Score: 4

8:38pm Thu 12 Jun 14

HelmshoreBoy says...

What brilliant news, so happy for Mrs Sanderson and her family.

Now all we need is justice. I think not. This scum bag will just get a slap from Judge Blunt and then he will be free to rain misery on the the good folk of Burnley.

No doubt he was abused as a child by an alcoholic step father and bullied at school. He suffers from drug dependent induced depression and is unable to work. He claims benefits and spends it all on drugs, fags and booze. Take your pick. We've heard it all before from the legal profession. (Will it be sob story number two or number four this time?)

A tip for Mrs Sanderson. Don't polish the medals, just wipe them. The ribbons are in good order.Then get them properly mounted and photographed. Your Granddad deserves it. Only cost about thirty pounds but worth it.
What brilliant news, so happy for Mrs Sanderson and her family. Now all we need is justice. I think not. This scum bag will just get a slap from Judge Blunt and then he will be free to rain misery on the the good folk of Burnley. No doubt he was abused as a child by an alcoholic step father and bullied at school. He suffers from drug dependent induced depression and is unable to work. He claims benefits and spends it all on drugs, fags and booze. Take your pick. We've heard it all before from the legal profession. (Will it be sob story number two or number four this time?) A tip for Mrs Sanderson. Don't polish the medals, just wipe them. The ribbons are in good order.Then get them properly mounted and photographed. Your Granddad deserves it. Only cost about thirty pounds but worth it. HelmshoreBoy
  • Score: 6

12:51pm Fri 13 Jun 14

BURNLEYITE40 says...

EXCELLENT RESULT
EXCELLENT RESULT BURNLEYITE40
  • Score: 2

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