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 – ‘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 house … [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...]

ALBERT EVERITT, M.M. – Passchendaele gallantry medal milestone – 100 medals reunited

20979 - ALBERT EVERITT, M.M.        Last year I received an email from Roger McK. of Auckland asking for assistance to return a medal he had found many years ago to the family of the recipient.                Some 40 years ago (1976) Roger had been digging a trench to lay a power cable to his garage when he … [Read more...]

240 – ROLAND BELFIELD GLANVILLE, MC – A.I.F.

Historic photo of KIA Military Cross recipient reunited with family ...    When Eric Beddows retired he and his wife bought a house in Manse Street, Whangarei next door to Bill and Audrey Glanville.  William James (Bill) Glanville and wife Audrey had lived in their Manse Street house for many years, since 1928 in fact.   Bill Glanville had married Audrey … [Read more...]

10/881 – ERNEST JOSHUA HARRIS

Former soldier recovers Gallipoli veteran's Victory Medal... Ernest Joshua Harris, known as 'Mick', was born in April 1890 in Inglewood, Taranaki, the youngest of three sons - John Alfred and James David his elder brothers - to parents and Moa Street residents, John Alfred HARRIS, a tinsmith and Margaret Ann BEGGS.   By 1892 Margaret Harris had been widowed when Ernest … [Read more...]

THOMAS BIRKBY CANNON – Postscript

POSTSCRIPT - Reunited Cannon medals also reunites a 'lost' family member ! ...   This Postscript is definitely a first for Medals Reunited New Zealand©.  Whilst we work hard at reuniting war medals with families or descendants, never have we had the privilege of assisting to reunite a family .... until now ! On January 6th I posted the story of the search and … [Read more...]

STOLEN MEDALS – DOOHAN

!!  STOLEN  MEDALS  !! Can you help .... ?   Stolen from:  Taupo - January 2017 Service:  NZ Army  Medals named to:  M. DOOHAN Medals:   NZ Operational Service Medal General Service Medal Afghanistan (Primary) NATO Medal for Non Article 5 Operations in Afghanistan NZ Defence Service Medal … [Read more...]