Plea to help find missing medals

Derek Armstrong with a letter from a French farmer on whose land his great-grandfad was buried
Derek Armstrong with a letter from a French farmer on whose land his great-grandfad was buried
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A DAD has made an emotional appeal for help to find his great-granddad’s war medals.

Hartlepool man Derek Armstrong contacted the Mail after finding a number of sentimental items, including three medals from the First World War, have gone missing from his home.

The 57-year-old says the medals belonged to his great-granddad Robert Frederick Armstrong, who was killed in the Great War.

The medals have been passed down to Mr Armstrong, who says they are the only link to his relative.

Mr Armstrong said he does not know how old his great-grandad was when he died.

The only information he has is that his relative died in Ypres, in France and he has a letter from a French farmer who buried him on his land.

Mr Armstrong, who lives in Keswick Street, said: “I just want these medals back.

“I know nothing at all about Robert Frederick Armstrong apart from where he died.

“These three medals are my only link to him.

“They hold a great deal of sentimental value and I would simply appeal for anyone with information or who may know where they are to get in touch.”

One of the medals had a small piece of ribbon attached.

Mr Armstrong, a dad-of-two, said he does not know what the medals were awarded for.

As well as the three medals, five Christmas cards that have been in the family since 1906, six bottles of whisky and a gold ring, which was kept in a Lamb Jewellers box, are also missing.

Mr Armstrong said he only realised the medals and other sentimental items were missing a few weeks ago when he went to find them out when he was doing some research into his family history.

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police confirmed that a theft has been reported.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on (01642) 302126.