Queensland hospital hosts state Premier to honour World War II veteran

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A Queensland World War II veteran has been honoured a second time, receiving a replacement Legion of Honour medal after losing the original in a devastating house fire.

Queensland Premier Anastacia Palaszcuk delivered the replacement medal to Arthur James Robert (Bob) Jackson while a patient at Greenslopes Private Hospital.

“Just days after waving to a grateful crowd at the ANZAC Day parade in Brisbane, Mr Jackson lost most of his belongings,” said Ms Palaszcuk.

“The Legion of Honour medal was one of the many possessions Mr Jackson sadly lost. It was my great honour to visit Mr Jackson in hospital today and deliver to him this replacement medal.”

A decorated veteran, Mr Jackson was awarded the Legion of Honour medal for his role working with Allied forces in operations to liberate France during World War II.

“I know the community has great affection for Mr Jackson and will continue to support him in whatever they can on his journey to recovery,” said Ms Palaszcuk.

The Legion of Honour, established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, is the highest French decoration, recognising distinguished services for France.

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