Stolen D-Day Museum treasures are returned

Leader of Portsmouth City Council Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson with the treasured items that had been taken from the D-Day Museum
Leader of Portsmouth City Council Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson with the treasured items that had been taken from the D-Day Museum
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THIEVES who stole two items from the D-Day Museum – including a medal awarded for bravery – have been returned.

It was first noticed that the George Medal and souvenir badge from the 1936 Berlin Olympics were missing from the museum in Clarence Explanade, Southsea, on October 3.

But on Wednesday night both items were posted through the door of city council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson’s home.

He said: ‘I’m really pleased that we’ve got them back. It’s great that either someone decided they’d done the wrong thing, and wanted to put the situation right, or that somebody found them and decided to do the right thing.’

Both items were on loan to the museum from separate lenders and their owners have been informed of their return.

The George Medal was created by King George VI in September 1940 as a way of rewarding and recognising acts of courage by many civilians during the Blitz.

It was issued to William Henry Daysh – the first person in Portsmouth to be awarded the medal.

He belonged to his workplace’s Air Raid Precautions team. In August 1940 one of their buildings was bombed, leaving a carpenter unconscious inside.

Although Daysh was wounded, he entered the burning building twice to try and rescue the man. However he was trapped by falling debris, and both men were rescued.