102 Year Old WW11 Veteran Fought Off Burglar

Published on 20 February 2020

102 Year Old WW11 Veteran Fought Off Burglar

Veteran John Cox said he is “quite proud” after wrestling with a burglar and forcing him to run away.

John, who has been targeted by burglars twice in four months, suffered cuts and bruises to his left arm after an intruder attempted to force their way into his home in Lincoln on Tuesday.

Lincolnshire Police said a 47-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of carrying out four burglaries and two thefts from shops. He was held on Wednesday and released on bail following the incidents in the Ermine area.

John, who served as a private with the Royal Army Service Corps in India during the Second World War, said he does not feel he can answer the door to anybody after the burglary attempt.

He said he believes a shout to his wife Joan, 97, forced the burglar to run away.

The centenarian said: “I thought he was delivering something and unfortunately I opened the door.

“As soon as I opened the door, he pushed it a little and said, ‘I want to examine your lighting’.

Then he pushed me two yards inside.

“At the same time, I was stopping him saying, ‘Oh no, so you’re not coming in here, mate’.

“We had a sort of wrestle and we were pushing each other in and out. Then I shouted ‘Joan’, and I was going to say get the police and I think maybe he thought I was going to do that.

“He backed off a bit, then I gave him another extra push and he was out the door and ran straight down the road.

“I’m quite proud really. Was he half my age? Or was he even less than that?

“But it didn’t last very long, which was a good thing for me though, I think.”

John, who was a semi-professional footballer for Glastonbury, previously worked as a driver in the Army delivering supplies to troops in India during the war.


Article accredited to: Forces Network 20/02/20

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