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Stolen World War One medals returned undamaged to north Belfast home

Published 27/04/2016

Family photos belonging to the Pelans which show the three brothers who served in the First World War
Family photos belonging to the Pelans which show the three brothers who served in the First World War
Family photos belonging to the Pelans which show the three brothers who served in the First World War
Some of the stolen medals
Some of the stolen medals

Stolen war medals belonging to a Belfast war hero, including one awarded for bravery, have been returned.

John Pelan's grandfather Sapper Mcintyre Shield Pelan and his two brothers were awarded a number of accolades for their service during the First World War.

John was left devastated after thieves broke into his north Belfast family home and stole a number of medals sometime between 9pm on Saturday April 9 and 9.30am the following day from the property in the Parkmount Road area.

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The Military Medal was presented to engineer Mcintyre Pelan and was the lower ranks' equivalent to the Military Cross.

Other honours taken during the robbery from the north Belfast home included a 1914 Star and a 1915 Star, a victory medal bearing an angel and the inscription 'the Great War for Civilisation 1914-1919' and a British War Medal bearing the head of King George, and a small service medal.

Thirty silver dollars stamped with the American Eagle and United States of America were also stolen during the burglary.

Police appealed along with the family for the items to be returned.

And on Monday night they were returned undamaged.

The items were left in a black bag on the bonnet of Mr Pelan's car.

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