First World War Ring Stolen


Collins_Robbed_RingI came across an interesting article online about a piece of family history that was stolen. In 1916 Richard Collins died from a head wound suffered during the Battle of the Somme. His ring was cut from his finger and returned to his family with his other personal items. The ring was passed down and most recently was in the possession of his grandson.

On March 11, 2014 the grandson, who prefers not to be named, was robbed. The thief or thieves helping themselves to valuables and cash. Most of which can be replaced but the ring, of course, is a one-off. “It’s a link to my grandfather, who I never knew. It’s a very important piece of my family history.”

My advice is to photograph all your valuables just in case, as this helps with the insurance, and anything that is of great sentimental value should be kept in a safe deposit box.

We experienced a similar incident several years ago. We were burgled and lost a bunch of gold jewelery, one piece of which was a unique ring that was given to my significantly better half by her father who had recently passed away. If that wasn’t frustrating enough, the police assumed it was an inside job as it appears a key was used to gain entry to our apartment. Even more irksome the then janitor bragged to the fellow in our corner store about ‘finding a bunch of gold jewelery’ in a wall he was allegedly repairing.

We received a payment from our insurance company, but needless to say the personal aspect of the items can’t be replaced. My advice is to photograph all your valuables just in case, as this helps with the insurance, and anything that is of great sentimental value should be kept in a safe deposit box.

Me DCMontreal is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and Freans and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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