Treasured war ribbons lost at Anzac Day dawn service
THE SEARCH is on for a badge and war ribbons sadly lost at the Anzac Day dawn service at Goodna on Saturday.
The ribbons once belonged to the late Maurice Eggins, the grandfather of Redbank Plains resident Amanda Richardson. They hold a special place in her heart.
Private Eggins enlisted in the army on November 1, 1940 at Camp Hill and served until September 22, 1945 when he was in 19th Australian Infantry Battalion.
He was mainly based in Darwin and served in PNG, but did not talk much about the war after returning.
Amanda Richardson and 10-year-old son Curtiss went with housemate Di Lupke to the dawn service and Curtiss took the badge off at the end of the ceremony because it was coming loose and gave it to Di.
Di was carrying a lot of gear because Amanda was on crutches and she dropped it somewhere between the boat ramp and the car which was parked up on Brisbane Terrace near the footy field.
They searched high and low for the ribbons but could not find them. Di was hard on herself and feeling down about the loss.
"It is not something you can buy back," she said.
The ribbons are believed to be from the Defence Medal and Pacific Star, which are pictured above.
Ribbon bars, also known as riband bars, are worn on uniforms while defence force personnel are still serving.
Mr Eggins was much loved by his granddaughter Amanda.
"He was an awesome man," she said.
"I was his favourite, so that made it even better. He used to call me Mandy."
The significance of the ribbons is now hitting home for Amanda.
"I don't have anything much of my granddad's," she said.
"It was one thing that I treasure, although I probably took it for granted like most people take things for granted.
"But (the loss) was an accident and I forgive them."
Observing Anzac Day has become a tradition for Amanda and Curtiss the past three years. He had a wreath made to honour his great grandad which he laid on Anzac Day morning.
"That made it even more sad when 10 minutes later the badge is gone," Di said.
Di said Vivienne Stanbury at the Goodna RSL and Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller had both been a great help in assisting them to locate the ribbon bars.
Ms Miller said the loss of Private Eggins ribbon bars was heartbreaking.
"If anyone has found them, please return them to my electoral office in St Ives Shopping Centre, or to the Goodna RSL," she said
"You can imagine how upset everyone is about this. I really hope the ribbon bars can be found and returned."
Amanda called on anyone finding the ribbons to do the right thing and return them.
"They only mean something to my family," she said.