Veteran loses war medals on Anzac Day
by Will Jackson
EVANS HEAD veteran John Frederiksen has issued a desperate plea for help to recover his grandfather's war medals lost on Anzac Day.
Mr Frederiksen was wearing them, along with his own and his father's medals, when he marched at Evans Head and Woodburn on Wednesday.
He said he lost the World War I medals as he was walking from the Woodburn-Evans Head RSL Club to his home in the Evans Head industrial estate about 1pm. He had not been drinking.
"It was quite hot so I took my jacket off," Mr Frederiksen said. "That's when they must have fallen off." He said he panicked when he arrived home and discovered they were gone.
"I was devastated," the Vietnam veteran said. "Straight away I called out to my sister and we backtracked to the club, but we couldn't find them."
Mr Frederiksen is certain someone must have picked them up and hopes they will have the decency to return them.
The medals were recently refurbished with a new ribbon and are in a cluster of five. Two are from the Boer War and three from Gallipoli.
They are inscribed with 'H. C. Williams. 5th Light Horse Brigade'.
Mr Frederiksen has offered a reward of at least $100 for their return.
He said the medals had huge sentimental value and were worth much more to his family than they could be to anyone else.
"They're irreplaceable," he said. "We really would appreciate if someone would return them."
To get in touch with Mr Frederiksen you can call him at Evans Head Hire Service on 6682 4623.