DONALD NEIL REED ~ The “Man Overboard” has been found while his Long Service in the RNZN recalled.

~ 18762 DONALD NEIL REED – RNZN ~     In October 2018 a  message on the Medals Reunited New Zealand FACEBOOK page arrived from Lorraine “Raine” Stewart of Auckland.  The message said "I would like to find the owner of this medal.  The name is 18762 WMEM D N REED.  Been in our possession for years yet have no idea who it belongs to.  It needs … [Read more...]

WILLIAM McD. McQUEEN & FREDERICK J. K. ROLFE ~ Soldiers connected in life, their medals separated in death: an anonymous Whitianga find results in a remarkable reunification.

38443 ~ WILLIAM McDONALD McQUEEN     16586 ~ FREDERICK JOHN KILBURN ROLFE     Bruce Collier is a Vietnam Veteran and member of the Mercury Bay RSA in Whitianga.  I have had the privilege of assisting this RSA with reuniting a number of medals and memorabilia in the past (refer Castaing and Bach posts).  Bruce advised me he had been given a … [Read more...]

UPDATE ~ SGT. GEORGE WILLIAM DINES: Another medal surfaces and returns home to Fairlie.

This week I had the pleasure of contacting a young man who was a key figure in the return of a Victory Medal in 2017.  The medal had been sent to the parents of 23/38 Sergeant George William Dines who had been killed the during the opening battle of the Somme campaign in 1916.  The Battle of Flers-Courcelette was the first significant engagement for the New Zealanders in … [Read more...]

WILLIAM ROBERT STANLEY ~ Medal of a ‘lost’ Gallipoli Trooper is returned to a Dunedin descendant, dedicated to honouring his memory.

9/594 ~ WILLIAM ROBERT STANLEY     A medal posted on our Medals~FOUND page has resulted in another successful claim and return to the descendant family of a Dunedin born First World War soldier, Rifleman William Robert Stanley.               Staffordshire to Dunedin      Robert STANLEY (1809-1876), an … [Read more...]

WILLIAM MANSON ~ Dunedin soldier’s war medal a welcome birthday surprise for 90 year old niece.

26/1044 ~ WILLIAM MANSON     Retired New Zealand Army Officer Huia Ockwell, a born and bred Dunedin-ite, served in the NZ Army's territorial and regular forces from 1955–1972.  He served as a member of both the Royal NZ Artillery and later the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment. Commissioned as a Territorial Force officer in 1956, Huia was inspired to continue … [Read more...]

EDWARD WAHANUI SIMON ~ Prison Officer’s medal found on a Titirangi road during COVID-19 exercise walk.

EDWARD WAHANUI SIMON ~ NZ Prison Service     Four weeks ago I received a request from the NZ Police in Auckland for help to return a medal that had been found by a woman and her daughter who were taking exercise during the COVID-19 Level Four 'Lockdown' in May this year.  Police Sgt. Mike Nolan from the Waitakeri Station contacted me for assistance to identify … [Read more...]

Long-missing medal returned to family ~ Otago Daily Times.

Captain (Ret'd) Huia Ockwell is a well known Dunedin identity and former NZ Army officer who lives in retirement at Chatswood.  A First World War medal awarded for the war service of 26/1044 Corporal William Manson was posted to Dunedin's George Manson after his son had been killed five days before the Armistice was declared on 11 November 1918.  The British War Medal, … [Read more...]

Medals found in the grass in Whitianga reunited with Wellington man.

  You can read the STUFF article dated 16 Jun 2020 here: McQUEEN & ROLFE         … [Read more...]

PETER LEONARD WEATHERILL ~ Retired airman reunited with medals lost 21 years ago, after being spotted on Trade-Me.

P3529174 & J86856 ~ PETER LEONARD WEATHERILL – RAF, RNZAF A few weeks ago I opened an email around half-past midnight from “John O’R.” whom I do not know.  The email had arrived unsolicited with no message but simply a Trade-Me URL enclosed.  I opened the URL which revealed a picture of two full size medals plus a miniature medal that being offered for sale by … [Read more...]

ORCHARD, BEHAN, GRAINGER ~ Stolen bag of NZ & AUST medals handed in to Whakatane Police ~ owners found on both sides of the Tasman.

~ ORCHARD (NZ), BEHAN & GRAINGER (AUST) ~     It is a relatively rare occasion when I am contacted by the NZ Police for help with reuniting medals, but two requests within two weeks was unprecedented!  Just after I had wrapped up the ELVY medal case for the Avondale Police (see previous post), I turned on my phone to start the day’s work when a message … [Read more...]

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