Army badges stolen from an SAS hero
hailed for his role in ending the Iranian
Embassy siege have been returned to his
The SAS and Parachute Regiment cap
badges belonged to John McAleese and
were stolen during a burglary at his
Mr McAleese was part of the team which
helped end the six-day siege after a group
of six armed men stormed the embassy
in London in 1980 and took 26 people
The badges were found in a drug dealer's
car in 2010, but 62-year-old Mr
TWO faithful poppy fundraisers are handing over the poppy appeal to a ‘new team’ at the Grays Thurrock Royal British Legion.
Silvia and Peter Gaskin, who have been running the table in Grays Precinct for over 13 years, said it was “time for a new team to
They will be familiar faces to all those that have passed the
poppy appeal stall outside WH Smith in Grays town centre the
last few years.
The Gaskins said: “We wish to thank all the loyal customers
who have supported the Poppy Appeal for Grays. We hope
the new team that replaces us will receive the same support
that we have.”
Chairman and Poppy Organiser, Ray Bridger also added his
thanks for all their help.
The 2014 Poppy Appeal raised the record-breaking amount of
over £51,216. Totals for the 2015 appeal have not yet been
Medals of SAS Hero returned to family
Grays Thurrock British Legion to get new poppy appeal team
McAleese died from a heart attack while
on holiday in Greece before they could
be returned to him.
However, a former Army colleague, PC
Alan Reeves from West Midlands
Police, helped to trace his family and
“We’re delighted to finally have the
badges back…I know it’s been a bit of a
mission of Alan’s to return them and
we’re extremely grateful for his time and
effort," his widow Joanna said.
“The badges were very dear to John’s
heart and he was gutted to find they’d
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