Treasured ring from World War 2 lost while shopping

Anne Wakeford, pictured at home with her pet Fluffy, is not confident she will ever see her engagement ring again.
Anne Wakeford, pictured at home with her pet Fluffy, is not confident she will ever see her engagement ring again. Tanya Easterby

A DEVASTATED Gympie great grandmother still holds hopes of finding her 60-year-old engagement ring after losing it while shopping earlier this week.

Anne Wakeford has had her dainty diamond engagement ring ever since the end of the Second World War when her husband-to-be, Sydney Wakeford, returned from duty in 1945; that was until she lost it while shopping this week.

The grandmother of five and great grandmother of two was grocery shopping with her neighbour Pat Condon at Woolworths at Centro on Wednesday when she realised her cherished ring was missing.

She had only slid the ring above her wedding ring before leaving the house that morning - these days Mrs Wakeford only ever wears the diamond ring, along with a white opal ring on her right hand, when she goes out.

She said she knew the ring was becoming loose and had meant to have it re-sized, but she was too late.

"You know, you put things off," Mrs Wakeford said.

When Mrs Wakeford got back to the car at the Centro Gympie car park only to realise her ring was missing, Ms Condon, along with staff at Centro started up a search but with no luck.

"I think I've said goodbye to it," she said yesterday.

"I hope - but I doubt it - that it would ever show up. It would be a wonderful surprise if it did. It was a lovely ring."

Mrs Wakeford was presented with the ring by her then boyfriend Sydney when she was 30. She had spent years awaiting his return from the Middle East during the war.

The pair was married shortly after at St Agatha's Church at Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, England.

"We had a very happy life together," she said.

Anyone with information about the lost ring can contact Pat Condon on 5482 1702 or Gympie Police on 5480 1111.

Gympie Times


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