WW2 Veteran has his service medals stolen for second time

Leslie Stelfox holding up his medals
Credit: Kent Online

Leslie Stelfox, 106 from Sittingbourne, Kent has had his own and his father's service medals stolen from his flat. The burglars also took his wallet in their raid. His medals were burgled from his flat in 2014.

Who is Leslie Stelfox?

Leslie Stelfox served in the Desert Rats in World War 2, he followed his father into the Armed Forces as Arthur Stelfox served in World War 1. Leslie served in Palestine, Italy and North Africa. 

Leslie was in his garden watering his plants while the burglar entered his home. It was very quick. I was in the garden doing my watering. I didn’t see anyone. When I came back in, I saw the mess.

Lee Stelfox, his grandson said “My grandad is devastated. He has a little bit of dementia and has lived on his own for 30 years. It has shaken him.” 

The medals taken include 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. Medals given to his father for his WW1 service were also stolen. Leslie explained: "The medals are no good to anybody else, but they proved I'd done my bit for the country."

In 2014 the thieves took the same collection of medals. The Police bought the medals back to him within two months. 

PC Hannah Cooper said: “We are very keen to speak to anyone who might have information about who is responsible for this offence, which has deprived the victim of some items of sentimental value.”

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