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MISSING WWI MEDALS RETURNED TO NEW ZEALAND FAMILY AFTER 20 YEARS
An E-Sylum reader forwarded this story about a group of World War I medals, missing for a few decades, that were returned to the relatives of the New Zealand man who earned them. -EditorExactly where these World War I medals have spent the past two decades will probably remain a mystery.
But whatever their story, Aucklander Paul Hitchfield, the grandson of the soldier they belonged to, is rapt to have them back.
Auckland police found the medals - engraved with "Gunner Percy James McCabe" - in a stolen Subaru driven by a career criminal after a police chase in North Shore City in March 2007.
Officers were forced to wait for the court process before they could return them to their rightful owner.
Constable Martin Renouf turned to the Herald when the New Zealand Army Museum at Waiouru and the national Army archives could not lead him to the soldier's surviving family.
The Herald tracked down Mr Hitchfield, who was delighted to be re-united with the medals last night.
A spokeswoman at the Waiouru Army Museum said the two medals were known as the British War Medal and the Victory Medal, which were awarded to most soldiers in World War I.
To read the complete article, see: Medals returned - but their adventures remain a mystery (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/crime/news/article.cfm?c_id=30&objectid=10531025)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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