PETER Leggett MBE, a former resident of Papua New Guinea who now lives in Nadi, Fiji, is pleading for the return of his Member of the Order of the British Empire medal stolen from his home.
Mr Leggett was conferred the honour by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in November 1999 because of his extensive community service in PNG where he lived for 30 years.
Now settled in Legalega, Nadi, with his family, he was in Australia for medical treatment when his home was ransacked in February. "There are some things that cannot be replaced," said a dismayed Mr Leggett.
While numerous items were taken including electronic equipment, jewellery, family heirlooms and military swords, he said the MBE, which remained in its presentation box, mattered the most. "Things like these have no use to others,” he said.