Surge of support for family

Lindsey Cooper with her dad Brian Denbigh whose had WWI medals by his grandfather Percy Denbigh stolen in a house burglary in Horsforth. Percy received a commendation for bravery, he saved the lives of three men at the battle of Ypres. Picture: Tony Johnson.

Lindsey Cooper with her dad Brian Denbigh whose had WWI medals by his grandfather Percy Denbigh stolen in a house burglary in Horsforth. Percy received a commendation for bravery, he saved the lives of three men at the battle of Ypres. Picture: Tony Johnson.

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A family devastated after heartless thieves stole war medals, say they have had a surge of support from their local community.

The Denbigh family were shocked to return home and find their back door kicked in and historic medals stolen, which had been given to grandfather Percy Denbigh.

The Commanding Sergeant Major with the Yorkshire Regiment saved three men’s lives during the Battle of Ypres in the First World War. He was rewarded with the Gallantry and Service Medal for bravery.

But it was stolen from the home of Percy’s grandson, retired joiner Brian, along with several other medals given to Percy’s son and Brian’s dad Stanley during the Second World War.

Brian’s daughter Lindsey said; “Although we haven’t heard anything so far about the medals, we have had a surge of support from the community and people in general from Facebook. It has been nice to know people are thinking of us.”

The family, from Horsforth, has offered a small reward for the safe return of the medals, as well as precious letters, uniform mementoes and ribbons.

Lindsey added: “It is just devastating. They have stolen our history. The thought of someone searching your home and then taking the most sentimental things, which mean so much to us all, is just heartbreaking.”

The family said it would offer a small reward if any information leading to recovery of the medals was given to police through official channels. Anyone who has seen any of the items is asked to contact PC Alana Scott of the Weetwood policing team. Call police via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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