Reward of up to £5,000 offered for return of WW2 veteran’s lost or stolen service medals


Today we are offering a reward of £5,000 for the arrest and conviction of those involved and the recovery of all four World War Two medals owned by a veteran, which were lost or stolen as he returned to the UK from Normandy.

The funds for this reward are being provided by the charity’s chair, Lord Ashcroft.

Ninety-five-year-old Alfred Barlow from Stockport is a D-Day veteran who was on his way home after attending the annual anniversary pilgrimage to Normandy earlier this month. Alfred was a corporal with the 3rd Reconnaissance Corps who landed on “Sword” beach on the coastline of Normandy on 6 June 1944, aged 24.

Stolen War Medals

More than 70 years later, and whilst making his way home with the Stockport Normandy Veterans and Friends group, he noticed during a rest break at a service station on the M6 Toll, that all four of his service medals were missing. This was on Thursday 8 June 2017.

The charity Crimestoppers is now offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information that leads to the recovery of all four medals and the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible.*

In January this year, Alfred was awarded France’s highest civil honour for bravery, the Legion d’Honneur.

Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC, Chair of Crimestoppers, who initiated this reward, said: “After such a moving and poignant trip to Normandy, to lose or have stolen his war medals has been incredibly distressing for this brave former soldier. Whilst the actual value of the medals is nominal, the sentimental value is enormous. Our reward reflects the war veteran’s invaluable service to our country.” 

The four lost or stolen medals are:  

  • The 1939-1945 Star
  • The France and Germany Star
  • The 1939-1945 War Medal
  • The Palestine Medal

Roger Critchell, Director of Operations at Crimestoppers, said: “There is every chance that someone somewhere knows what has happened to these medals.  Please contact our charity’s UK contact centre on 0800 555 111 or online to pass on what you know. You will remain 100% anonymous.”

If you have any information, please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our Anonymous Online Form.

*Note: The reward is valid for three months and will only qualify if information is passed to Crimestoppers’ 0800 555 111 number or anonymous online form. Information passed directly to police or elsewhere will not qualify.