Update (Friday, Oct. 22, 2021)
The plaque commemorating the Fifth Field Company that was seemingly stolen from Queen’s University Campus has now been returned, according to Kingston Police.
Queen’s Campus Security initially noticed the plaque, which honours a group of Queen’s students and faculty who serves in WWI and WWII, was missing at in the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, over the course of Queen’s Homecoming. The metal book that accompanied the plaque was also missing, Kingston Police said on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021.
However, after police appealed to the public for assistance in locating the plaque, it reappeared at its rightful home at the intersection of Union Street and Fifth Field Company Lane, Kingston Police said on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.
“Queen’s Campus Security found the plaque returned to it’s location on Thursday morning,” Kingston Police said on social media on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.
“It appears that those responsible for removing it felt some remorse when they fully understood the significance the plaque holds to Queen’s University.”
Kingston Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a commemorative military plaque that is missing and believed to have been stolen from Queen’s University Campus.
According to police, Queen’s University Campus Security noticed that the Fifth Field Company dedication plaque with an accompanying metal book was missing at approximately 2 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, the weekend of Queen’s University homecoming.
“This monument holds significant meaning to Queens University as it pays tribute to a group of Queen’s students and faculty who served during both World Wars,” Kingston Police said in a press release on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, of the plaque, which was installed in 2017 and located at the intersection of Union Street and Fifth Field Company Lane. According to police, the street sign at the intersection has also been damaged.
Anyone with information about this incident or about those who may have been involved is asked to please contact Constable Chris Gobeil at 613-549-4660 ext. 6190, or via email at [email protected].