Long lost war plaque discovered

02:57, Jun 11 2014
Plaque
REMEMBERED: Woodville constable Karl Williams was cleaning a cupboard at the Woodville station when he came across the plaque.

A long lost World War I plaque has been found in a rural Tararua police station.

Woodville constable Karl Williams was cleaning a cupboard at the Woodville station when he came across the plaque.

After researching its origins with the New Zealand Defence Force, he discovered it was in memory of Private Andrew McColl, who died in service overseas, aged 31, in December 1918.

The plaque was sent to McColl's family, based in Masterton, but for unknown reasons, never made it.

It is unclear how it came to be at the Woodville station.

Almost 100 years later, the plaque will finally reach its intended destination with McColl's family when it is presented to his descendants in a ceremony at Police National Headquarters in Wellington tomorrow.

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