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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