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NZ PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR HUNTING STOLEN MEDALS

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Three medals were taken from a Wellington property late last year.

Kerrie Pihema, a Wellington-based private investigator, is on the case to locate three missing war medals. The medals, awarded to Private Harry Sawyer for his service in World War One, were among items taken during the burglary of a Hataitai property late last year.

The British War Medal, Allied Victory Medal and the 1914-1945 Star Medal are all inscribed with Pte Sawyer’s name, service number and regiment:

PRIVATE HARRY SAWYER.
22799. YORKSHIRE REGIMENT

RNZRSA Support Services Senior Strategic Advisor, Danny Nelson, expressed his concern over the theft.

“Medals hold symbolic importance to military personnel,” he explains.

“They are a recognition of the dedication and sacrifice required of active duty, whether for being deployed on specific operations or by merit of long or continuous service. It’s upsetting to know these have been taken from someone who has earned them.”

Both the local police and Kerrie are encouraging members of the public to come forward if they have any information regarding the location of these medals. An example image has been included so that they can be more easily identified.

“Those medals will be special to Pte Sawyer’s family, so we hope they are returned safely as soon as possible,” says Danny.

L-R:

1914 – 15 STAR. Also known as 'Pip'. (Bronze crown and star with crossed swords, wreath and scroll ‘1914 – 15’. Red, white & blue ribbon).

THE BRITISH WAR MEDAL, 1914-18. Also known as ‘Squeak’. (Silver. Head of George V./ St George & Dragon on reverse. Blue, white & orange ribbon)

THE ALLIED VICTORY MEDAL. Also known as 'Wilfred'. (Bronze. Winged Victory / ‘THE GREAT WAR FOR CIVILISATION 1914 – 1919. Rainbow ribbon)

If you have any information relating to the location of these medals, please contact your local Police Station or Kerrie Pihema at Rokez Investigations Ltd, Wellington, Ph 04-386-3260 or email rokez@xtra.co.nz.

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