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...]

POSTSCRIPT 1 – 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...]

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...]