This Military Cross, was displayed on a brass plaque on the south outer wall of the Cathedral from where it was stolen

It was awarded to Lt Alfred Ernest Chambers, posthumously, for his actions in combat on the Western Front on October 29, 1918.

Stefanie Brown, Alfred’s great niece, said: “How did I feel when I was told my late uncle’s Military Cross, had been stolen, from Leicester Cathedral? I felt bereft and cried. What a sad world we now live in. My late uncle was a Lieutenant, 26th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers and died for our country at 22-years-old in October, 1918. Please, on behalf of myself and my family, help the police to catch these undesirable criminals. The medal of this brave soldier should be brought back to Leicester Cathedral, where it has been since 1983.”

A spokesperson for the Cathedral said: “Clergy and staff at Leicester Cathedral were saddened to discover that over the last few months someone visiting the Cathedral decided to desecrate the plaque displayed in memory of soldiers killed in battle during the First World War.

“This particular plaque was on the wooden wall which separates the St Georges Chapel from the main Nave and is in full view of the Nave. The Royal Tigers Association has over the last few years added more plaques into the Chapel and they were very dismayed that this should have happened.”

PC 436 John Le-Good is investigating the incident, he said: “Alfred’s family has been left distressed by the incident and are extremely keen for the return of the medal as it is of great sentimental value.

“We would appeal to anyone who has come across this medal to please contact us. We appreciate there is a large timescale during which the medal has been taken but we hope by releasing a photo and Alfred’s details, which will be marked onto the medal, it will give us a better chance of locating it.”

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Additional Info

Police Incident NumberCM/06253/14-4
Police ForceLeicestershire Constabulary 0116 222 2222