Archives for June 2015

FRANCIS HENRY HOLYOAKE – Nelson RSA Medals – two groups down, three to go.

7/1745 TPR. Francis Henry HOLYOAKE - 10th Canterbury Mounted Rifles, 7th Reinf, NZEF    Francis (Frank) Henry Holyoake was born and raised at Sandy Bay, Nelson where he worked the family farm with his father Richard, and brother Albert (served with 2nd NZ Rifle Brigade).  At his time of enlistment in August 1915, 31 year old Frank was a labourer with the Public … [Read more...]

PERCY LATOR NISBETT – Nelson RSA Medals – only four groups to go.

11/2268 GNR. Percy Lator NISBETT - NZ Field Artillery (NZFA), NZEF     The medals of Gunner Nisbett were one of 10 sets of WW1 medals which had been left with the Nelson RSA by widows and family members over the preceding decades.  As a way of acknowledging the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli, and the subsequent commemorations of various key … [Read more...]

THOMAS MOORFOOT – One good turn deserves another.

29282  PTE. Thomas MOORFOOT - 1st Canterbury Infantry Battalion, 18th Reinf, NZEF.    The return of a medal by MRNZ in May to a North Shore descendant of Pte. Alexander Westwood CRAIG had an unexpected and happy consequence.   After successfully researching the ancestors of her husband’s family, Barry C’s wife Julie took a look at our ‘Lost Trails’ … [Read more...]

WILLIAM HUNT – Concealed identity in the ‘Countess of Ranfurly’s Own’.

42336 RFLM. William HUNT - 3rd Bn, Auckland Infantry Regiment, NZRB, NZEF    Obituary - Auckland Star, 11 January 1928 FALL INTO HARBOUR.                             SEAMAN'S MISHAP.                                   … [Read more...]