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Mr Bowles' diary was lost from a CrossCountry train on 4 April while being taken to Cornwall by a relative. The diary was in a bag that was left onboard when the relative got off the train at Truro. Having enquired, the bag was not found when the train finished its journey and is presumed to have been taken from the train.
Informed of the loss, Jeremy Higgins, CrossCountry's Customer Service Director and a Major in the Territorial Army, has appealed for the diary's return and is offering a £500 reward for information leading to its recovery.
Commenting, Jeremy said: "I appreciate just how important these memories are to our service personnel as I kept a similar diary when serving in Iraq. Even in this modern technological age a handwritten diary can offer a personal and more touching record of events and I can understand Sergeant Bowles' desire for its return."
"I would appeal to anyone who knows where the diary is to contact the British Transport Police so he can be reunited with this treasured record of his time serving our country."
Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, quoting incident reference B3/WWA of 27/06/2011, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
CrossCountry started operating on 11 November 2007. The franchise, which is the most extensive in the UK, will run until 31 March 2016. For further information on CrossCountry services and future franchise plans log on to www.crosscountrytrains.co.uk.
CrossCountry is part of the Arriva group, which is owned by Deutsche Bahn. Arriva is a leading pan-European public transport operators with more than 42,000 employees and operations across 12 European countries. The link to Arriva is www.arriva.co.uk. The link to Deutsche Bahn is www.deutschebahn.com.
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CrossCountry facts and figures
STATIONS SERVED: 118
ROUTE MILES: 1,478
WEEKDAY SERVICES: 295
PASSENGERS CARRIED: Over 30 million passenger journeys a year anticipated
ANNUAL TRAIN MILEAGE: Approximately 16 million
EMPLOYEES: Approximately 1,600
LONGEST TRAIN SERVICE: 08.20 Aberdeen to Penzance (774 miles)
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