Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Stolen War Hero Watch Recovered; WORKERS AT MUSEUM CELEBRATE ITS RETURN

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Stolen War Hero Watch Recovered; WORKERS AT MUSEUM CELEBRATE ITS RETURN

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Byline: MICHAEL MUNCASTER Reporter michael.muncaster@trinitymirror.com

A PRICELESS watch awarded to a First World War hero to honour his bravery has been returned - five months after it was stolen from a museum.

Thieves snatched the gold pocket watch from the Blyth Battery Museum on Links Road in the Northumberland town in April.

The timepiece was on display in a cabinet at the museum when yobs broke in and stole it.

It is inscribed with "presented to TRMr Jas Thompson, DSM by the Military Merit Committee in recognition of his gallantry in the Great European War, 21st May 1920".

Five months after the watch was stolen, Northumbria Police tracked it down. Katrina Harte, who works at the museum, said: "It is part of out World War One exhibition and for us it is a major relief it has been found.

"It is so important because we are able to keep the memories alive as it gets shown to a lot of people.

"It goes to show that there are some really nice people who were willing to help us find it. …

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