12 Jun 2014

Posthumous commemoration for soldier

1:57 pm on 12 June 2014

The actions of a soldier killed in 1918 has been commemorated by the presentation of a plaque nearly 100 years after his family were meant to receive it.

Senior Constable Karl Williams found the plaque while cleaning a cupboard in the Woodville police station, in northern Wairarapa.

Graham McColl and senior constable Karl Williams with the WWI memorial plaque.

Graham McColl and senior constable Karl Williams with the WWI memorial plaque. Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

He says the plaque was meant for Private Andrew McColl, who died in the World War I at the age of 31, but for an unknown reason it was never delivered.

The plaque was presented to Private McColl's nephews and other family members in Wellington on Thursday morning.