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Family reunited with World War II medals

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Childers Police attended the Woodgate home where the residents had located the box containing WWII medals and historic army personnel documents.

World War II medals have recently been recovered from a timber box buried in a Woodgate backyard and returned to the owner's family.

Childers Police attended the home where the residents had located the box containing WWII medals and historic army personnel documents.

“Sadly, the owner of the medals passed away in 1991,” Senior Constable Brittany Duncan said.

“However Childers Police managed to track down the man’s niece who currently lives in Brisbane and the World War II medals were returned to her.

“Remarkably, the owner of the medals, Arthur Leslie Bassham, was a cane cutter at one point and possibly worked in the area at some stage.”

Senior Constable Michael Schmidt from Childers Police said he is pleased the sentimental items were returned.

“It was nice to be able to reunite the family with such treasured memorabilia,” he said.

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