A woman from Leicester has appealed on social media for the return of her late father’s war veteran medals after her mother, who has dementia gave them away to a stranger in the street.
Annie Brookes said since her dad John Tomlin died at the age of 89, her mother Molly Tomlin has got into the habit of giving belongings away to neighbours and passers-by.
She said the majority of possessions had been returned by neighbours, but the medals, including one from the Korean war is still missing.
The four medals which Molly used to keep on her pillow next to her, along with her husband’s beret, were from tours in Korea and Germany.
The couples’ daughter, Annie said, “They are part of our family history. My dad was very proud of them.”
Annie’s mum was diagnosed with dementia three or four years ago. She said since losing her dad, her mum has struggled to cope.
Annie said her mum has no recollection of where the medals could be. “She’s ok in the moment, absolutely fine, but three minutes after she will have forgotten everything."
The family had hoped to give the medals to John and Molly’s grandson.
“We just want to get the medals back. They are part of our family history. My dad was very proud of them, Annie said.
The medals can be handed to the police, or Annie can be contacted on Twitter at @beaverbrookes23