A TUART Hill resident has had his grandfather’s stolen war medals returned just in time for Anzac Day.
Steven Pugh had the prized medals stolen in a home invasion on April 3 and told the Stirling Times the medals had been handed in to Mirrabooka Police Station.
Mr Pugh said it was “fantastic” to have the medals returned in time for Anzac Day and for his Mt Lawley Rotary Club speech tonight about his grandfather’s experience at Gallipoli during World War I.
Mr Pugh’s grandfather Harry Pugh was a private in the 28th battalion and was wounded in Gallipoli and survived.
“He was injured by shrapnel from the Turks and grew a moustache to cover the scarring on his face,” he said.
Mr Pugh said the medals had a sentimental value with his grandchildren making replica medals before they were returned.
“…my grandkids went to work with little 7-year-old Eve spending hours producing artwork in the shape of the medals…so I would have something to wear on Anzac Day” he said.
Mr Pugh plans to attend the North Beach Anzac Day dawn service at Charles Riley Reserve.
Mirrabooka officer in charge, Senior Sergeant Neil Morton-Smith said the medals had been discarded and found by a passerby.
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“They were handed in at the front counter by a member of the public found them in Waterman’s Bay, along with some other items,” he said.
“The burglary is still under investigation.”