Archives for August 2017

SAMUEL JOHN BENNETT, M.C. ~ WW1 medals STOLEN in Rotorua found and reunited !

55752 - SAMUEL JOHN BENNETT, M.C.     On 31 January 2017 I posted a STOLEN MEDALS request  for the medals of Samuel John Bennett. M.C. on MRNZ's Website and Facebook Page - the medals were found two weeks ago and have now been reunited with their owner. Andrew & Karen Bennett's house Rotorua was burgled sometime between December 2016 and January 2017 and aside … [Read more...]

WIKI KAHIKA, M.I.D. – RNZE Assault Pioneer to receive Mentioned In Dispatches for Gallantry in Vietnam nearly 50 years after the event !

572333 - WIKI KAHIKA,  M.I.D.     One of my avid website readers and a keen supporter of MRNZ’s work is a former NZ Army colleague (circa 1970), Warrant Officer Class 2 (Rtd) Stu Ross RNZE, formerly of the School of Military Engineering at Linton, and now a retired resident of the Manawatu.   Stu recently sent me a message via the Medals Reunited NZ … [Read more...]

WILLIAM HENRY MARCH – A schoolboy’s conscience prompts him to return his ‘treasure’ to a Christchurch family.

6/3090 - WILLIAM HENRY MARCH Trevor P. is a Kiwi in paradise – Trevor is not only a former RNZAF airman, and a recruit whom I had some responsibility for training some 40 odd years ago, but he is also a very accomplished artist of 20 plus years who produces some exquisite works with nature themes, teaches art and runs a very successful gallery.  Living in coastal Queensland … [Read more...]

JAMES LYTHGOE – A gutsy young Central Otago man from Bald Hill Flat survived despite a heart condition.

61321 - JAMES LYTHGOE     On July 17th I was contacted by Mr Wilson Lythgoe, a New Zealander now living in Tasmania.  Wilson had been looking through the MRNZ website when he spotted a name on the LOST TRAILS page that he recognised, that of 61321 Pte. James LYTHGOE N.Z.E.F.   James Lythgoe's medals had come to MRNZ as a result of a private … [Read more...]

GEORGE ERNEST EVERARD WALDRON – Sniper victim’s ‘Death Penny’ found overseas is reunited with Taupo descendants.

6/1747 - GEORGE ERNEST EVERARD WALDRON I recently contacted the Convenor of the Lake Taupo Branch of the NZ Society of Genealogists, Diana Humm, after seeing a comment she had posted on the Auckland War Memorial Museum's Cenotaph website against the name of George Ernest Waldron.   The Waldrons of Canterbury are connected to my family and it transpired that as a … [Read more...]

AMY MARION BAXTER KER, A.R.R.C. – WW2 Hospital Ship nurse’s RSA badge found in her garden 30 years later.

42287 - AMY MARION BAXTER KER,  A.R.R.C.     Marie M. was weeding her garden at 42 Haszard Street, Waihi when she discovered a small metal badge.  After cleaning it she recognized it to be an NZRSA badge and on the rear was an impressed a number - "42287"   Marie decided to try and return the badge either to the owner or the family and so set … [Read more...]

ROLAND LUCIEN CASTAING – Regular soldier’s WW2 medals found in a Whitianga op-shop after his donor brother dies.

63387 & 31018 - ROLAND LUCIEN CASTAING    A box of hats left at a Whitianga 2nd hand op-shop some months ago led to the discovery of a set of WW2 and long service medals in the bottom of the box.  The op-shop finder passed the medals to Roger Beasley, the Support Adviser at the Mercury Bay RSA in Whitianga, to return to the owner or family. Roger contacted … [Read more...]

GEORGE GRIFFITHS – Gisborne horse-breaker’s war medal found in a Nelson garage.

9/1560 - GEORGE GRIFFITHS     In November 2016 Trish L. was in the process of packing up her house in Nelson for a new life in Auckland. It had been five years since Trish's husband Kevin passed away, and Trish's  daughter Bridget and son- in-law Kal had come across from Blenheim to help her with the pack-up.  During the packing and moving of boxes in Trish's … [Read more...]

NORMAN BARNARD OTTO WESTERHOLM – Manawatu soldier’s ‘Death Plaque’ found buried in a Wellington driveway.

23/317 - NORMAN BARNARD OTTO WESTERHOLM     In July 2015 I received an email from Moira G. Advising me she was in possession of a Memorial Plaque (aka ‘Death Plaque or Deadman’s Penny’) named to Norman Barnard Otto Westerholm and could I help to reunite it with family, if any.  It was Moira’s niece who had actually found the plaque about 22 years ago (2005) embedded … [Read more...]