!!  STOLEN  MEDALS  !! From:  Waitakeri Ranges, Swanson, W. Auckland – March 2016 Service:  RNZAF Veteran’s Name: COLLINS-ATTWOOD Medals:  NZ Operational Service Medal*, East Timor Medal*, UN (UNMISET) Service Medal, LS & GC Medal* + Bar, NZ Defence Service Medal - Clasp: Regular** Notes   * = medals named to:   X90687 F/S B.A. … [Read more...]


WW1 medal offered by Australian collector to Nelson's SOWMAN family …    Quite out of the blue a few months ago I received an unsolicited email from an Australian resident medal collector (AMC - an ex-pat Kiwi).  AMC had seen my Medals Reunited NZ website and was very supportive of the work we do.  As a result AMC offered me the opportunity to reunite any … [Read more...]

24/1347 & 31515 – THOMAS BIRKBY CANNON

Militaria collector’s generosity reunites Wanganui family with WW1 & WW2 medals PLUS ...   In April 2015 Lorraine Cannon of Wanganui posted a “Lost Trails” request in the RSA REVIEW newspaper for any information that may help recover the lost war medals of her late grandfather,  24/1347 Rflm. Thomas Birkby CANNON  of Wanganui.  The medals had been … [Read more...]


Could this medal be Grandma's secret ? ...    In November 2016 I received the following Contact Form message on the MRNZ website: SUBJECT Medal MESSAGEMedal was with my Mums things for Years. I always thought it belonged to her 1st Hubby killed in World War 2. His name J A Walsh RAF. This Medal 1914-1918 with a Horse on it has the No 10/459 PTE BH … [Read more...]

37627 – JOHN SMITH

Samoan (NZ) Relief Force soldier’s Diary found in roadside rubbish ...    This is a reasonable long post as it relates not to the return medals but in this case a Diary – military ephemera, items which have belonged to a veteran which MRNZ will also undertake to research and reunite with descendant family. 13 year old Terry Foster curiosity got the better of having … [Read more...]


Trade-Me medals find there way home from Australia ...    In April of this year a British War Medal and Victory Medal named to 12/3711 Pte. Walter Henry Cyril MACE was put up for auction on the internet TradeMe site by an Australian seller.  As a result I received an inquiry and request for advice from a direct descendant living in Hamilton who had seen the medals … [Read more...]


!!   STOLEN MEDALS  !! From Otaki – July 2016 Veteran’s Name:  42563 CAPT Alexander James YOUNG (Killed In Action) Service: WW2 – 2NZEF, 22 (MG) Battalion Medals:  2 x New Zealand Memorial Crosses – the first Cross on a silver chain presented to Capt Young’s wife; a second Cross cased complete with purple ribbon & King’s Letter presented to Capt … [Read more...]


!!  STOLEN MEDALS  !! From Riverhead, Auckland – Nov 2016 Veteran’s Name:  B993164 CPL Patrick TOOTELL Service: 1 RNZIR, 5 MOV SQN, RNZAF Medals:  NZ Operational Service Medal, UN Service Medal (UNPROFOR - Bosnia), East Timor Medal, UN Service Medal (UNTAET - East Timor), NZ General Service Medal (Afghanistan - Primary), NZ Defence Force Service Medal (Clasp: … [Read more...]


Former RNZAF officer reunited with great-uncles WW1 medals in 17 minutes ! ...   Most medal of my medal cases have involved fairly lengthy periods of research, awaiting responses and/or receipt of evidence based confirmation.  Rarely do I manage to resolve a case in such quick time as this one.  A British War Medal and a Victory Medal named to 47767 Pte. Stewart John … [Read more...]

52016 / 285301 / 601951 – ALBERT HENRY S.

Missing family medals recovered from Trademe - thanks MRNZ ! ...    This is a story of circumstances I am often privy to when discussing with families or descendants the circumstances that has led to missing or lost medals.  Since the outcome of this particular case involves the need to maintain family privacy I am bound to keep the identities of those involved … [Read more...]