Fanfare for WW2 veteran given medals after robbers took his old ones

Denis Gregory is awarded his war medals in a Naval ceremony Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A WW2 veteran has been presented with his war medals in an emotional ceremony after thieves stole his old ones.

Denis Gregory, 93, from Sheffield, served in the Royal Navy from 1942-45.

He was aboard the HMS Indefatigable aircraft carrier when it was hit by a Kamikaze pilot's plane, and he was involved in the fire team that put out the blaze to save the vessel.

He was awarded four medals for his service.

But he was left heartbroken after thieves stole them from his home.

Today a special ceremony was arranged for the Royal Navy to award him those medals again, to replace the ones that were stolen.

The ceremony was conducted by Commodore Phil Waterhouse ADC RN, Naval Regional Commander for the North of England and Isle of Man.

And as a surprise, he was accompanied by drummers and buglers from the Royal Marine band.

Denis Gregory's war medals Credit: Royal Navy
  • From left to right:

  • 1939 to 1945 Star

  • Atlantic Star (France and Germany bar)

  • Burma Star (Pacific bar)

  • 1939-1945 War Medal

Calendar's David Hirst reports from Sheffield.