OAP war hero devastated as medals stolen

NDFP GURKHA JOK BAHADUR DAMAI ROBBED               Picture of Jok Bahadur Damai wearing his brothers medals which are similar to the ones stolen
NDFP GURKHA JOK BAHADUR DAMAI ROBBED Picture of Jok Bahadur Damai wearing his brothers medals which are similar to the ones stolen

An elderly former soldier has been left devastated after thieves robbed him of his medals in his own Doncaster home.

The raiders bluffed their way into 86-year-old ex-Gurkha Jok Bahadur’s home on Appleby Road, Intake, and physically restrained him and his wife as they ransacked the property.

Friends described Mr Bahadur, who speaks only a little English, as heartbroken at the robbery and the loss of his medals.

Friend Khum Ale, another former Gurkha who has settled in Doncaster and the former chairman of the British Gurkha Community in Doncaster, said Mr Bahadur was upset.

He said: “His priceless medals included the Borneo Campaign Medal, the Malayan Confrontation Medal, and the Long Service Good Conduct Medal.”

The robbers are understood to have pretended to have been coming to the house to repair a washing machine. Mr Bahadur told them he did not need his washing machine mending.

But once the door was answered the robbers forced their way in and physically restrained him and his wife. The house was then ransacked, with the medals taken along with jewellery.

It is believed that were three people inside the house and another one outside in a car.

Mr Ale said: “He is very, very sad and shaken about what happened. This was something that he never expected.

“He came to England for a better life, and this was not something he expected in a country like this.

“He is most upset about the loss of his war medals, that were so close to him. That has made him really upset and depressed.

He said he believed it was not the first time Gurkha families had he robbed in Doncaster.

Bahadur settled in Doncaster three years ago, after having served in the Gurkhas, which is part of the British army, for around 15 years.

Mr Bahadur is appealing for anyone with information on his medals to come forward with information.

The British army’s Gurkha regiments have been recruited from Nepal for almost 200 years, when the British Empire was a force in that part of the world

Historically, Gurkhas who had served their time in the Army - a maximum of 30 years, and a minimum of 15 to secure a pension - were discharged back to Nepal.

But in 2009, all retired Gurkhas won the right to live in the UK, following a high-profile campaign led by actress Joanna Lumley, whose father served with the 6th Gurkha Rifles.

During the two world wars 43,000 Gurkhas lost their lives.

South Yorkshire Police confirmed they were investigating.

A spokesman said: “We are investigating am aggravated burglary at 8.20pm on Appleby Road. Inquiries are ongoing.”

She added anyone with any information should call the force on 101, quoting crime reference number 985 of May 27.