Family appealing for information about stolen war medals of First World War soldier from Northampton

A family in Northampton is trying to establish the whereabouts of First World One medals stolen in a burglary in the 1980s
A family in Northampton is trying to establish the whereabouts of First World One medals stolen in a burglary in the 1980s

A family is hoping to use the power of social media to help locate a set of First World War medals that were stolen in a burglary in Northampton more than 30 years ago.

Medals belonging to the family of Ernest Wilson Howlett, a First World War soldier who served in Gallipoli, were stolen after thieves broke into a house in Harlestone Road in the early 1980s.

Ernest Wilson Howlett (back row, far left)

Ernest Wilson Howlett (back row, far left)

The appeal for the medals has been triggered by centenary celebrations of the start of the Great War and the memories of Mr Howlett’s daughter Elsie Eastwood, aged 93, of Duston.

Andrew Chapman, Elsie’s grandson, said: “With the centenary of the war last week she started reminiscing a lot and told us stories from her childhood about how her father used to sing to her. She would be absolutely over the moon to have those medals back.

“I have been working on putting together the family history for six years now and I would be thrilled to bits to be able to find them.

“We’ve tried many appeals recently but have had no luck so far. But we thought that with the things people come up with over Facebook etc, you never know.”

Ernest Wilson Howlett

Ernest Wilson Howlett

Mr Howlett served in the 1/4th Battalion of the Territorial Force Northamptonshire Regiment and the medals awarded included the ‘Victory Medal’ and the ‘British War Medal’.

He was one of five brothers that went to war in France but, sadly, only three of them returned.

Mr Howlett’s family are appealing for any information about the medals that may now be included in a private collection or a dealer’s collection.

If anyone does have any information about the medals call Mr Chapman on 01858 432914.