Veteran who lost his ‘priceless’ medals in Brisbane on Anzac Day is reunited with the treasures

A fourth generation war veteran has been reunited with six ‘priceless’ medals after he lost them on the way to march in the Brisbane Anzac Day celebrations. 

Glen O’Brien lost the medals belonging to his father after he drove to Kippa-Ring station and got on a train to Brisbane’s Central Station at about 8.30am on Anzac Day.  

After two days wondering whether he would ever see his father’s medals again, he has been reunited with the treasures.  

Glen O’Brien lost his father’s medals (bottom left row) on his way to march with his regiment on Anzac Day

Mr O’Brien said he wasn’t expecting to have his medals returned when he received a knock the door around 11am on Tuesday morning, he told Daily Mail Australia. 

‘There was just a couple there and they had my medals!’ he said.

‘I was just so stoked.’

The couple had found the medals on the footpath near Kippa-Ring station on Anzac Day.

Mr O’Brien said they were on his jacket and must have fallen off when he ‘slung it over his shoulder’ getting out of the car.

The veteran admitted he wasn’t hopeful of finding the medals but said it gave him an appreciation of their value to the family.

Mr O'Brien (pictured) said he was 'stoked' when the couple handed back his medals

Mr O’Brien (pictured) said he was ‘stoked’ when the couple handed back his medals

‘I really wasn’t expecting to find them,’ he confessed.

‘I’d never realised how much they meant to me until I’d lost them. 

‘I had to look after them (the medals) and keep the story going and I’d buggered it up.’ 

After the scare Mr O’Brien said he wouldn’t be taking any risks next time. 

‘I will definitely be wearing replicas from now on!’ he laughed.  

Mr O’Brien is a fourth generation serviceman who joined when he was 19 and served in Papua New Guinea.

His father served in Malaysia, his grandfather served during WWI and WWII and his great-grandfather served in the Kennedy Rifles, he says he idolises them all. 

Mr O'Brien said the medals must have come off when he slung his jacket over his shoulder at Kippa-Ring station on Anzac Day

Mr O’Brien said the medals must have come off when he slung his jacket over his shoulder at Kippa-Ring station on Anzac Day

‘My ancestors are champions, they’re just bloody legends,’ he said.

Mr O’Brien said he looked forward to seeing his grandson march proudly with the medals in the future. 

 ‘My little grandson will have to wear them (the medals), hopefully he does with pride,’ he said.  

Mr O’Brien thanked the couple who returned his medals and said he thanked them with a bottle of wine.

‘I found the most expensive bottle of wine in the house, I think it was a Penfolds and said it’s yours,’ he said.

‘It was the least I could do.’ 

Mr O'Brien said while the medals might not mean much to others they held great significance to him and his family

Mr O’Brien said while the medals might not mean much to others they held great significance to him and his family

Mr O’Brien said he had missed the opportunity to march with his regiment because he was at Charlotte Street Police Station reporting the loss.   

‘At the time I wasn’t really worried about missing the march, I was more worried about the medals,’ he explained. 

In an attempt to find the medals the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads had posted to Facebook asking for the public to contact the Queensland Rail Lost Property Office at Central Station if they see the medals. 

The post received a flood of responses from well-wishers and locals making helpful suggestions.

‘So sad for the owner,’ one wrote.

‘Hope they get them back real soon,’ another concerned person commented. 

Some also shared helpful information to try and reunite the owner with their medals.

‘I saw yesterday somebody had found some and was handing them into the RSL,’ one wrote. 

The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads posted to Facebook asking the public for help to locate the 'priceless' missing medals

The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads posted to Facebook asking the public for help to locate the ‘priceless’ missing medals

‘A set was handed into Redcliffe RSL!’ another confirmed.

The Redcliffe RSL was contacted and confirmed that the medals handed in were not the same medals lost on the train.

The post has since been shared more than 1,500 times as people continue to search for the medals. 

Anzac Day heartbreak as a set of WAR MEDALS are left behind on a train in Brisbane, QLD

Anzac Day heartbreak as a set of ‘priceless’ war medals are lost on a train by a third-generation veteran – as he launches an appeal to find them

  • A third generation war veteran is searching for six of his father’s medals 
  • They were lost on a train to Central Station that departed from Kippa-Ring
  • Glen O’Brien was wearing the medals on the way to march with his regiment 
  • He said they may be insignificant to others but were very important to his family 
  • Authorities have since posted on social media asking for the public’s help  

Six priceless war medals have been lost after a veteran boarded a train in Brisbane on the way to march on Anzac Day. 

Glen O’Brien lost six medals belonging to his father after he drove to Kippa-Ring station and got on a train to Brisbane’s Central Station at about 8.30am on Sunday. 

The veteran was preparing to march with his regiment wearing his father’s, grandfather’s and his own medals in the Anzac Day service. 

Mr O’Brien is a third generation serviceman who served in Papua New Guinea, while his father serving in Malaysia and his grandfather fought in WWI and WWII.  

Glen O’Brien lost his father’s medals (pictured) on his way to march with his regiment on Anzac Day

Mr O'Brien (pictured) had planned on marching with three generations of war medals including his own

Mr O’Brien (pictured) had planned on marching with three generations of war medals including his own

Because of the ordeal he missed the chance to march with his regiment altogether because he was hastily reporting the loss at the police station, he told 7News.

‘I was busy at the police station reporting the loss, so by the time I got back my regiment had marched off,’ he explained.

Mr O’Brien said the medals may not mean much to other people but said they held great significance to his family.

The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads posted to Facebook asking the public for help to locate the 'priceless' missing medals

The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads posted to Facebook asking the public for help to locate the ‘priceless’ missing medals

‘They’re just metal and ribbons, but the significance of them belonging to your family is really, really deep,’ he added.

The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads has posted to Facebook asking for the public to contact the Queensland Rail Lost Property Office at Central Station if they see the medals.

The post received a flood of responses from well-wishers and locals making helpful suggestions.

‘So sad for the owner,’ one wrote.

‘Hope they get them back real soon,’ another concerned person commented. 

Mr O'Brien said he lost the medals when he boarded a train from Kippa-Ring Station (pictured) to Brisbane's Central Station

Mr O’Brien said he lost the medals when he boarded a train from Kippa-Ring Station (pictured) to Brisbane’s Central Station

Some also shared helpful information to try and reunite the owner with their medals.

‘I saw yesterday somebody had found some and was handing them into the RSL,’ one wrote. 

‘A set was handed into Redcliffe RSL!’ another confirmed.

The Redcliffe RSL was contacted and confirmed that the medals handed in were not the same medals lost on the train.

The post has since been shared more than 1,500 times as people continue to search for the medals. 

Mr O'Brien said while the medals might not mean much to others they held great significance to him and his family

Mr O’Brien said while the medals might not mean much to others they held great significance to him and his family

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