An Ulster hero's wartime medals which had been stolen 18 years previously were recovered by Scotland Yard in London reported the News in Letter February 1982. They were handed over to the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers' Museum by the widow of the hero, Major George Shields. His prized Military Medal and the MBE were among his decorations stolen from a shop in 1964 when they were being remounted. He did not realise they had been replaced by copies when he collected them with new ribbons. Six months later, when his daughter noticed his name was not engraved on the medals, that the alarm was raised and the story emerged. Then in 1980, before George died, the Fusiliers' museum at Enniskillen Castle received an inquiry from a man claiming to be a grandson of the hero, who wanted to know who the Military Medal was won. This alerted the regiment, which already knew about the switch, and soon afterwards Scotland Yard detectives called at an East End house in London and saw George's medal, which had been innocently bou

IN PICTURES: Looking back through the News Letter photograph archives (1982)

Today we have another selection of photographs from the News Letter archives dating from 1982.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 12:00 pm

There are several interesting photographs including one of Mrs Flora Shields handing over the medals her late husband, Major George Shields, to the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers’ Museum. Major Shields medals had been stolen in 1964 when they were swiped from a shop during repairs. The turned up in 1980 in the East End of London. Mrs Flora Shields, the major’s widow, agreed to exchange the copies for the originals.

And there is also a photograph of Councillor Cedric Wilson launching the public petition demanding a full judicial inquiry into the Kincora Boys’ Home sex scandal outside the home on the Upper Newtownards Road in Belfast

See who you might see from days gone by.

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