Lost World War II scroll returned to Wellington family of dead soldier

By Georgia Nelson

Detective Ben Hurley (left) and Daniel Lumby hold the war scroll, which Hurley has been trying to return to the family for a year. Photo/supplied
Detective Ben Hurley (left) and Daniel Lumby hold the war scroll, which Hurley has been trying to return to the family for a year. Photo/supplied

A Wellington family is thrilled to be reunited with a "priceless" reminder of the war.

Last week police put out a public plea to find the family who owned a scroll found during a search warrant in Naenae.

The scroll was given to Private Harold Lumby's family after he was killed in Greece in World War II.

His great-grandson, Daniel Lumby, was tagged in a photo of the scroll on Facebook.

Corrections Officer Daniel Lumby said he was blown away when he saw the photo online. He had not seen the scroll since he was 12.

"It has been in the back of my mind and when I seen [sic] it on Facebook I was over the moon."

Lumby said it is the only thing the family has to remember his great-grandfather. He considers it priceless.

The scroll was displayed in his grandmother's house in Silverstream, but when she moved to Foxton it was placed in a box in storage and lost.

It will now have pride of place in the Lumby household.

"My dad is going to display it in his lounge, and is going to get it reframed because the glass it is in has deteriorated a bit."

Detective Ben Hurley has been trying to track down the rightful owner of the scroll for the past year.

He said he found it in the roof of a house and knew it was out of place, so did not want to leave it there.

"It looked like something quite special, I felt like it should be with the family it belonged to," he said.

The detective then checked with previous home owners and with the Army to see if he could track down the family it belonged to without any luck, which is when he decided to go to the media.

He said he is pleased it is now home where it belongs.

"It is cool because when I met Daniel I knew I had got the right family."

- NZ Herald

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