Detectives renew appeal after 94-year-old former Japanese prisoner of war has service medals stolen

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Kent Police is renewing its appeal for information following a report of a burglary in which war medals were stolen.


It was reported that between 4pm on Tuesday 27 December and 8.30am on Wednesday 28 December, 2016, items were taken from a house in Regent Street, Rolvenden.

A quantity of cash, gold sovereigns, two gold watches, a gold pendant on a chain, jewellery and military medals were stolen. Seven of the medals were awarded for service during the Second World War and three related to the First World War.


The medals belonged to Geoffrey Blain, 94, pictured above, who is keen to see their safe return.

Mr Blain served in the Second World War and spent three-and-a-half years as a Japanese prisoner of war before he was released and could return home to Kent.

The stolen medals include the 1939-45 Star, Defence and War medals, the Pacific Star, Allied Prisoner of War, Restoration of Peace, and the Veteran Star which had 893176 GA Blain engraved on the back.


Father's First World War medals

The three medals from the First World War belonged to his father and were a Mons Star trio comprising of a 1914 Star, a Victory Medal, and a War Medal, all of which had his father’s details engraved on the back, including the regimental number 28455.

Mr Blain said: ‘I can’t express my feelings, it’s made me feel very sad. It affected me more losing my father’s as mine could be replaced, but my father’s medals can’t be.

‘This was the first time I have been burgled and it is a blow to lose some of the items, but especially the medals. It has made me feel very insecure.

I hope the person who has the medals realises what they mean to me. I just hope they have a conscience and let me have them back.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Jo Heard said: ‘The stolen items are important to Mr Blain, they are unique and personal to him, and will be worth more to him than anyone else.

‘They have a history behind them and we are keen to reunite Mr Blain with his medals.

‘Some of the medals will have names or regiment numbers on the back. We would ask that if anyone has seen these items for sale, either in a shop, stall or online to contact us urgently so they can be returned to their rightful owner.

‘Also if anyone has any information that may help our investigation into the burglary, phone us on 01843 222289 quoting ZY/47165/16.’

Alternatively contact Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. 

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