Prized WWI medals stolen in Tuart Hill burglary

Steven Pugh is appealing for the return of his grandfather's WWI medals.
Steven Pugh is appealing for the return of his grandfather's WWI medals.

A TUART HILL resident will not be wearing his grandfather’s prized World War I medals this Anzac Day after he walked into a burglary where they were stolen.

Steven Pugh said he went for his morning coffee on April 3 and returned home to find a car in his driveway and his front door unlocked.

“I was shocked, I had just taken out the medals and put them on my chair in preparation for a speech I was going to give at the Mt Lawley Rotary Club in time for Anzac Day, I wear them every Anzac Day,” he said.

Steven Pugh’s grandfather Harry Pugh was a private in the 28th battalion and was wounded in Gallipoli.

“I knew the medals would be gone; I don’t understand. It is no use to them, it is a daft thing to do.

“(The thieves) ran off and must have jumped the fence when they heard me come in the front door.”

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.

As a member of the Scotch Malt Whiskey Society, Mr Pugh also had a large portion of his “irreplaceable” whiskey collection stolen.

“It was about $4000 worth, seven bottles, they are quite rare,” he said.

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Mr Pugh said he was appealing to the public to get the medals back.

“It is really upsetting it is not just for me it is for the rest of the family,” he said.

“It would have been something that I would have handed down to my son and grandkids.”

Morley Police officer Warren Greaney said police were investigating the incident.

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The stolen war medals.