War hero, Graham Furley, 91, humbled by replacement watch

First published in News Stroud News and Journal: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

FORMER Second World War pilot Graham Furley, 91, has been humbled by the offer of a new Spitfire watch to replace the one that was stolen from his home on New Year's Day.

Mr Furley was asleep in bed when burglars forced their way through a ground floor window of his house in Birches Drive, Stroud.

They stole a number of items including his wallet, iPhone and the commemorative Spitfire watch that was a present from his daughter, Jane, and son-in-law, Bob, honouring Mr Furley's years as a wartime RAF pilot.

Last week Mr Furley, who served as a transfer pilot during the war, received the news that top UK watch manufacturer Christopher Ward had offered to replace the watch he believed was lost forever.

"I cannot believe it - it's just so kind and so generous," said Mr Furley, who has two great-grandchildren.

Mr Furley will be presented with the watch at his home on Thursday, January 24.

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