CHARLES EDWIN ROBERTSON – Long lost RSA badge found in button box in Invercargill antique shop. 

8/5301 – CHARLES EDWIN ROBERTSON An email from a fellow NZ military history buff  who is also the architect of the websites “Unknown Soldiers & Nurses of Southland” and “Unknown Warriors of the NZEF" Iain Davidson sent me a photograph of a small Returned Soldiers lapel badge (the small size badge was produced in 1927, as a more practical variation … [Read more...]


8/2134 - WALTER GRAHAM SINCLAIR, M.M.     In April we bought you the story of a Memorial Plaque named to Walter Graham Sinclair, a Sergeant in the Otago Infantry Regiment who was a Gallipoli veteran and Military Medal recipient.  Four months after the action that had Sgt. Sinclair nominated for the Military Medal for 'Bravery in the Field', he was killed and his … [Read more...]

JOSEPH NORMAN BRAUND – NZ Trooper’s Boer War medal found in Australia is reunited with his son in Auckland.

5463 - JOSEPH NORMAN  BRAUND     A Queen’s South Africa medal named to 5463 Trooper Joseph Norman Braund with original ribbon and two of the three entitled Clasps still attached, has been reunited with the son of the original recipient.  Joseph Wilfred (ka 'Wilf') Braund of Auckland received a surprise phone call from me two months ago advising him that I had … [Read more...]

BERTIE ERNEST EUSTACE LEYDON – Auckland Sister of Mercy is reunited with father’s Victory Medal.

18820 – BERTIE ERNEST EUSTACE LEYDON     Judith Leydon is the only child of Bertie and Olive (Reid) Leydon of Parnell Auckland.  As as a child and teenager for as long as she could remember, Judith’s father took her to every Anzac Day service at the Auckland Domain for as long as he was able to attend.  Sister Judith M. Leydon RSM, now 87, has been a life-long … [Read more...]

FREDERICK CHRISTMAS BARRON – Stalag 18A POW medals issued in 1983 located with MRNZ assistance.

6650 - FREDERICK CHRISTMAS BARRON    A recent email from Donna V. requested help with information to try and establish whether or not a relatives war medals were in New Zealand, and if they were who may be holding them.   Fred Barron had never bothered (or resisted ?) claiming his WW2 service medals and it was not until after his death in 1983 that his widow … [Read more...]


 !!  STOLEN  MEDALS  !! Can you help ? .... please stay alert for these, possibly in the Wellington area. Stolen from:  Porirua - May 2017 Service:  NZ Army  Medals named to:  S. HELLER Medals:  (left to right)NZ Operational Service Medal NZ General Service Medal (Clasp: Sinai) NATO Medal (Clasp: Former … [Read more...]

POSTSCRIPT – Spr. Charles Leslie Lewis, KIA – medal returned to family at Brown’s Bay RSA.

On March 21st, I posted the story of a former RNZN  Chief Petty Seaman Torpedo Anti-Submarine Instructor Charlie Lamb of Auckland, who had found a named WW1 medal in an Auckland 'op' shop.  Being somewhat dismayed to see it finish up in such undignified circumstances, Charlie purchased the medal with a view to returning it to the family.  He sent the (ribbon-less) … [Read more...]

POSTSCRIPT – Former pilot Reg Clarke’s medals lost, found & reunited.

After his medals were found in a local dump last week, former RAF and SAFEAIR pilot Reg Clarke received his freshly re-mounted medals from Medals Reunited New Zealand founder, Ian Martyn.  The medals were re-mounted at no cost by MRNZ's Brian Ramsay. Nelson Weekly newspaper report ...  ... and video … [Read more...]

McCASLIN or McCAUSLAND ? – Black box found in Auckland City rubbish skip nearly cost a family the loss of two brother’s military heritage.

76830 -  GEORGE INGHAM McCASLIN  307907 / 32178 - GEORGE INGHAM McCASLIN / McCAUSLAND  NZ 513910 - WILLIAM ARNOLD McCASLIN     In late December 2016 I received an email from Graeme H. regarding a number of medals that had come into his possession.  Graeme had been given a black, rusty tin box of medals by a local man, a known vagrant who was partial … [Read more...]

REGINALD JOHN CLARKE – Former RAF pilot’s medals & wings are found in Nelson dump by loader driver.

582773 – REGINALD JOHN CLARKE, RAF    A call to the Nelson RSA concerning medals that had been handed to the NZ Police in Richmond, Nelson was recently referred to Medals Reunited New Zealand to try and find the owner.  A small clear plastic bag containing war medals had been found at the Richmond recycling station by the loader driver.  The driver, Yogi T. … [Read more...]