98-year-old WWII veteran dies after he was brutally attacked by robbers who broke into his house to steal $26 TV set
His son, Simon, found him lying in a semi-conscious state in his bedroom earlier this month. The thieves stole a 26in black Panasonic TV set along with some other valuables.
Peter Gouldstone, a 98-year-old WWII veteran who was attacked while he was asleep during a robbery that took place at his house in north London last month, passed away last night in the hospital police confirmed. Gouldstone died three weeks after he suffered bleeding in his brain and severe bruising on his body after the robbery in his home. Gouldstone,who served in Italy during the Second World War, was brutally punched in his eyes, dragged from his bed and bashed during the attack in his house where he had lived for over 60 years.
After his service in Italy, Gouldstone worked as a telephone engineer for the Post Office. He retired from his post around the 1980s. The veteran's wife, Joan had passed away several years ago. His son, Simon, found him lying in a semi-conscious state in his bedroom earlier this month. The entire house was a mess with cupboards and drawers all left open and messed up. The thieves took 26in black Panasonic TV set along with some valuables during their raid reports Sun.
Talking about his death, Detective Inspector Paul Ridley from North Area CID said, "We are all shocked and saddened by the news of Peter’s death. It is the worst news for his family and for all those who cared for and knew him. I urge anyone who has information, no matter how small a detail, to search their conscience and contact the police without delay."
Speaking to Sun about the attack Simon said, "I am lost for words on what to say about it. As a family member I am shocked, but as a human being, I am lost for words about the man’s inhumanity for man. You read in the press about this kind of thing happening to other people, but you never think it will happen to your or a loved one." He continued saying, "The people who did it need to be found and locked up - and the sooner the better so they cannot do the same thing to anybody else.”
Gouldstone who passed away at the age of 98 was awarded three medals for his service. His medals included the Italy Star for his action in Italian campaigns that includes Monte Cassino. He was also a corporal in the Royal Signals Corps and in the year 1944 Gouldstone was mentioned in Despatches for “gallant and distinguished service in Italy" in The Gazette.