War plaque honouring fallen posties restored

Lost for upwards of 50 years but recently rediscovered, a century-old plaque honouring six British Columbia postal workers who fought and died in the First World War was fully restored by the Van Fraser Heritage Club.

Unveiled Nov. 8 in Richmond, B.C., the mahogany memorial plaque was found in a storeroom earlier this year by staff with Victoria’s Ashton Armoury Museum. It includes the name of six clerks and letter carriers from the Victoria Post Office “who fell in the Great European War,” but neither the museum’s staff nor members of the Van Fraser Heritage Club – an association of retired Canadian postal workers – know more about its history.

Nearly 30 postal workers were killed in the Great War and Second World War.

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