Archives for March 2017

CHARLES LESLIE LEWIS – Ex-Navy man honours fallen soldier by salvaging his war medal from ‘op shop’

4/2097 - CHARLES LESLIE LEWIS A medal sent to MRNZ on 19 April 2015 has finally found a home.  The search for descendants of Charles Leslie Lewis has not been easy due to the extinguished lines of the primary members of the family.  The Lewis family was established in the Westport area of the West Coast during the late 1880’s however by the mid 1920s no trace of this … [Read more...]

LAWRENCE HAROLD HARRIS – Daughter, 94, reunited with father’s medals for ANZAC Day 2017.

2/2840 - LAWRENCE HAROLD HARRIS This story is the third I have written in recent weeks of medals that have been reunited with a “HARRIS” family –  none of them related in any way.   It is also yet another case of medals that have been missing for decades and family members having no idea when or how they disappeared.  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The HARRIS family of Okains … [Read more...]

WALTER GRAHAM SINCLAIR, M.M. – ‘Death Penny’ of Military Medal winner found in Winton house is reunited with Mosgiel kin.

8/2134 - WALTER GRAHAM SINCLAIR,  M.M. On Mar 07, 11.30pm I was winding up the days medal research when I received a post forwarded to me by a friend on Facebook drawing my attention to an Southland Times article posted on STUFF regarding the discovery of a WW1 Memorial ('Death Penny') Plaque and the search for relatives. Bevan & Audrey Hunter had been cleaning out their … [Read more...]

CYRIL FLETCHER – Why do Cyril Fletcher’s war medals belong to Cyril Brown?

70851 - CYRIL FLETCHER        A British War Medal and Victory Medal arrived at MRNZ in late December 2014 amidst the shambles that was my partially stripped house being readied for a makeover before making relocating to Nelson.  The two medals had been sent from Patricia H. of Hastings whose initial email inquiry had said that she had found the medals … [Read more...]

GEORGE GREGORY HARRIS – “Harris” genealogist provides link for medal return to Otorohanga

17/242 - GEORGE GREGORY HARRIS        As I was looking through the AWM Cenotaph on-line records for soldiers I was researching with the HARRIS surname, I came across a message posted on several of the Harris soldiers pages, like ARTHUR HARRIS's which read: Arthur Harris was born in Rangiahua, Northland 1894 and died in Auckland 1962.  He was the son of Moa … [Read more...]