A MUSEUM that honours the heroic efforts of Burton soldiers is taking stock of its exhibits after learning that medals stolen while on loan from the site in the 1970s have suddenly shown up.
Senior figures at the Staffordshire Regiment Museum, based at Whittington Barracks, have revealed that several items believed to have been lost forever have now resurfaced after been purchased by collectors interested in war time memorabilia.
The medals were originally taken while on loan from the site to Lichfield City Council.
Now, a comprehensive list is being drawn up of any items that might be missing from the museum in a bid to track them down.
Jeff Elson, head of research at the museum, said: “It has come to notice that there are medals in circulation that were stolen while on a special loan from the Staffordshire Regiment Museum to the Lichfield City Council in 1974.
“An ongoing check is being made now to find any further missing items from the collection at the museum.
“I have had two positive replies from two dealer sources who, unfortunately, purchased some of the medals.”
A list of the medal taken during 1974 has now been distributed to collectors across the country to see if they may have any of the items that were stolen at the time.
Once a detailed inventory at the museum has been undertaken, a list of any items missing will also be circulated in a bid to try to find the precious historical pieces.
People from Burton who may have donated items to the museum are being urged to get in touch to make sure that their items are still at the site and accounted for.
The museum currently holds a collection of medals from a Burton Victoria Cross winner, which are stored in a specialist safe at the site.
Anyone who has information on items that could belong to the museum is urged to call 01543 434394 or head online to www.staffordshireregimentmuseum.com
Anyone who find any item of interest is urged to contact staff the museum as soon as possible.