Anzac flag thief urged to salute

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Anzac flag thief urged to salute

Postby Marcus Wendel » 07 Aug 2009 16:33

THE thief who stole an "irreplaceable" 94-year-old military flag from Sydney's RSL headquarters has been urged by police to "have some conscience, show that Anzac spirit and return it".
The historic banner was the first flag carried ashore by Australian troops at Gallipoli in World War I. It was carried by Australian troops of the 9th battalion, 3rd brigade, throughout the campaign in Turkey from 1915.
The homemade mauve and grey banner bears the signatures of several historical figures, including Albert Windsor, who became King George VI.
It was noticed missing from Anzac House, in Sydney's CBD, on Monday, but could have been stolen at any time after July 15.
The flag was being held in storage while renovations were carried out on the war memorial in Sydney's Hyde Park, where it was usually on display. State RSL president Don Rowe said the item was insured for $25,000, but its historical and sentimental value made it irreplaceable.

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Stolen Gallipoli flag returned to RSL

Postby Marcus Wendel » 14 Aug 2009 22:02

An historic World war one flag that was stolen from the RSL's Sydney headquarters 11 days ago has been returned.
The flag was found this morning in the reception area of the building, wrapped in brown paper.
The banner of the ninth battalion was carried ashore by Australian troops at Gallipoli in 1915.
It went missing while it was in temporary storage during the renovation of the RSL's headquarters, and was returned anonymously this morning.
New South Wales RSL President Don Rowe says he is relieved that the banner has been returned, undamaged.
"One of the things that helped was that there was so much media coverage that you wouldn't have been able to display it," he said.
"You couldn't have sold it. You couldn't have done anything with it. I'm extremely pleased to see that it has been returned back to its rightful place here at Anzac house

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