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War memorabilia finds its way home

LOST AND FOUND: RSL Sub-Branch vice-president Bruce Miller was honoured to reunite the memorabilia with owner Henry Edward Howcroft's son Lewis Howcroft on February 12.
LOST AND FOUND: RSL Sub-Branch vice-president Bruce Miller was honoured to reunite the memorabilia with owner Henry Edward Howcroft's son Lewis Howcroft on February 12.

WHEN World War Two memorabilia was handed into the Caboolture Morayfield District RSL Sub-branch office for safe keeping, it was just the beginning of its journey.

Caboolture Morayfield District RSL Sub-Branch vice-president Bruce Miller took up the challenge of finding the rightful owner.

"The photograph had a name on it so I got the name and went into the archives and discovered who he was and where he came from,” Mr Miller said.

"I looked to see if anybody by that name was still in the area and went to the white pages and start ringing around.”

It was there that Mr Miller discovered a distant relative who put him in touch with Lewis Howcroft.

"The memorabilia belonged to my father Henry Edward Howcroft - he fought in Palestine in Second World War in the transport division and attained the rank of sergeant,” Mr Howcroft said.

"My father didn't talk much about the war as it deeply affected him along with the majority of servicemen who fought.”

When Mr Howcroft received the email from the RSL he was very sceptical.

"I actually rang the RSL and confirmed that it was all legit and Bruce actually was a member of the club.”

The memorabilia was presented to Mr Howcroft on February 12.

If you've found something or want to know more about a relative who has served, contact the RSL sub-branch.


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