A 55-year-old flag belonging to a regiment once based in north Wales has been lost while being delivered to a veteran's funeral by a courier service.
The original regimental standard of the Junior Tradesmen's Regiment, based at Kimnel Park Camp, Denbighshire, never arrived at Whitby in Yorkshire.
A parcel with the standard bearer's gloves and mourning bow did arrive but a replacement standard had to be made three days before the funeral.
Hermes has been asked to comment.
The Junior Tradesmen's Regiment Veterans' Association said that firm has refunded the delivery costs.
But it said the replacement, complete with poles, gold rope and tassels cost £430.
Association archivist Mike Vowles said he hoped the original standard could still be found.
The regiment, created in 1962 and axed in the 1970s, recruited boys aged from 15 prior to entry into the Army at 17.