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...]

REGINALD WILLIAM KIRK – A Wellington builder renovation leads to the discovery of a West Otago soldier’s war service medals.

29923 - REGINALD WILLIAM KIRK     It is rare enough today to find a WW1 ‘Certificate of Services in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force’ (Discharge Certificate) but to see one in almost pristine condition after its discovery in a vacant garage almost 100 years since it was issued, is even more rare.  Such was the case for Tony H., a Wellington builder contracted to … [Read more...]

Pte. ROBERT ADAMS, NZEF – Stolen Medals

!!  STOLEN  MEDALS  !! Can you help please ..? From:  Huntly When:   28 September 2013 Reported to NZ Police:  Yes Service:  NZEF Named to:  12/1358 or 12/1358A   PTE.  R. ADAMS   NZEF Medals:  1914/14 Star, British War Medal 1914-18, Victory Medal  Other Items:   ANZAC Medallion (boxed), … [Read more...]

STOLEN – Can you help Hannah ?

!!  STOLEN  !! Can you help Mike's daughter Hannah to find these please ..? From:  Auckland When:   17 June 2017 Service:  RNZAF Name:  F87520 Warrant Officer (W/O) Michael COCKER (deceased) Stolen Items:   >> Medal Ribbon Bars (see picture below): Ribbons are fm top left - NZOSM, GSM (Non-Warlike); fm middle left … [Read more...]