A rare historical artefact from World War I, found languishing among rubbish in a Lumsden church, has been preserved for future generations.

The hand-crafted wooden cross, which marked the grave of Captain Eric Buckingham Alley in a cemetery near Flanders, was believed to be one of only two crosses of its type in New Zealand.

It is to be hung at the Gore Returned Services Association rooms in time for Anzac Day, courtesy of a joint initiative between the RSA and the Gore District Council arts and heritage department.

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