A PEREGIAN Springs woman is offering a $500 reward to anyone with information that leads to the recovery of a stolen World War I medallion that holds a deep emotional connection to her family.
On Wednesday, Allison Marlow Paterson's house was broken in to while she and her husband were at work.
Mrs Paterson was heartbroken to discover her great uncle Albert Marlow's medallion had been stolen.
"There are those precious things that no amount of insurance can ever, ever replace - Albert's medallion is one of those," Mrs Paterson posted in an emotional plea on Facebook.
"If there is just one thing that I can have returned, it is this - one of the most precious items our family own.
"To the people who stole it, you know where we live. With all my heart, I ask for you to dig deep and find the courage and way to safely return it to us.
"The value of Albert's medallion is immeasurable to us, we want nothing more than to find it again."
The late Mr Marlow died during the battle of the Western Front at the age of 19.
Mrs Paterson said he and his four brothers were presented with a medallion from people of their home town of Mologa, Victoria, as they left for the battle.
Mrs Paterson said Mr Marlow's medal was lost from the family for many years, only for her to find it in a second-hand shop three years ago while she was writing a book about her great uncles' service during WWI.
"Albert's (medal) was lost from the family for many years. It is a mystery to the family as to how or why," she said.
"Three years ago, by chance, I found it for sale in a second-hand shop in Brisbane. With the help of my parents, and despite an inflated price, we brought Albert's medallion home to the family.
"This year marks the centenary of his death on the Western Front at the age of nineteen.
"Albert is buried in Belgium along with his brother George. Their big brother Charlie is buried in France.
"Somewhere, deep in my heart, recovering the medallion felt like bringing Albert home."
Mrs Paterson is asking the public to keep an eye out for the medal in pawn shops or contact police if they have any information.
"If you are passing a pawn shop can you please take a minute or two to have a quiet search ... just in case.
"If you think Albert's medallion may be there, please let me know, or phone Queensland Police.
"It is easy to identify by the picture, it distinctly bears the Australian emblems of an emu and kangaroo in rose gold with the initials AWM on the shield.
"It is inscribed on the back with words like this - Presented to Albert Marlow from his Mologa Friends.
"The medallion was attached to the gold chain in the image when it was stolen but is easily detached."
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