War medals stolen from Christchurch widow

FRANCESCA LEE
Last updated 05:00 02/08/2012
Lorna Thompson
STOLEN MEMORIES: Lorna Thompson is angry that her late husband’s RSA badges, like the one on the left, and wartime telegrams and letters were stolen while she was in hospital.

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A Christchurch great-grandmother is appealing for the return of her late husband's stolen wartime memorabilia.

The Papanui home of Lorna Thompson, 84, was burgled after she had been taken to hospital on Tuesday last week.

"They knew I was away. They must have followed the ambulance," she said.

She found out about the burglary while she was still in hospital.

Her husband, Albert Edward Thompson, served in World War II.

The thieves took her husband's Returned and Services' Association Gold Star badge, along with several other badges pinned to his jacket lapel, letters from during World War II and telegrams exchanged between her husband and his mother after he had been taken prisoner in Kalamata, Greece, in 1941.

Two family heirloom gold wedding rings were also taken.

The thieves took her jewellery and raided her freezer, but she said she did not care about any of those things.

"I just want [my husband's] things back. They can take the furniture. They can take everything else in the house, but bring his things back."

Police asked anyone with information about the stolen items to call them on (03) 363 7400.

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