DAVID MALCOLM FRANK LINES ~ NZDSM “National Service” medal recovered from donated goods to a Nelson Op-Shop.

787536 ~ DAVID MALCOLM FRANK LINES    Eagle-eyed former British Army and NZ Territorial Force soldier Ann Stafford is a volunteer at the Nelson SPCA Op Shop.  When she spotted a NZDF medal case among a pile of donated goods a few weeks ago, she convinced her supervisor it should be returned to the owner rather than sold.  Problem?: the donated … [Read more...]

PERCIVAL RICHARD SIMEON ~ Borneo General Service Medal lost 50 years ago reunited with its Perth owner.

40399 ~ PERCIVAL RICHARD SIMEON    Former Kiwi soldier Percy Simeon is now 74 and lives in Perth, Western Australia.  When I rang him and told him I was holding his General Service Medal 1962 with clasp BORNEO in my hand, he was thunderstruck.  “How did you get that?” he asked.  Being cautious in not knowing the man, and also cognizant that he … [Read more...]

NORTH & SOUTH magazine chats with Medals Reunited New Zealand© – April 2019 Edition

Fiona and Tim are Nelson based freelance journalists who are very much in tune with each other's skills.  Fiona the accomplished story teller is very ably supported by husband Tim, the ace behind the lens whose pictures help to bring life to Fiona's writing.  They produce a wide variety of general interest articles about New Zealand and its people for N & S among … [Read more...]

RONALD GORDON HAY-MACKENZIE ~ Unclaimed WW2 medals of Westport POW united with family after 63 years.

16586 ~ RONALD GORDON HAY-MACKENZIE Hay-Mackenzie is a name associated with early Otago from the 1840s, and later with Westport from 1897 to the present day.  Like friendly societies, volunteer fire brigades, military units and bands, the lodge played a vital role in the social and business life of the colonial male.  Tertius Hay-Mackenzie (1846-1906) was a 26 year old … [Read more...]

PTE Anthony Devlin’s Boer War medal & London’s centennial Remembrance Parade 2018 ~ UPDATE

Yesterday I received an the email (below) from Kieron Graham of Carlisle, Cumbria in the north-east of England.  Kieron and son Jacob are direct descendants of 6359 Pte. Anthony Devlin, East Lancashire Regiment who fought in both the Boer War and First World War.  Kieron was the recipient of Pte. Devlin's Queen's South Africa medal that had been found in the Hokianga some … [Read more...]

FREDERICK EVERARD NEEDHAM ~ Taihape boy’s war medal gift of 80 years ago finds a home with recipient’s nephew.

81281 / 53890 / 413354 ~ FREDERICK  EVERARD  NEEDHAM ~ NZ Army & RNZAF    When Mary of Upper Hutt read her grandfather's military record of service in the NZ Expeditionary Force (NZEF) during WW1, she noted that it appeared his war medals had never been issued.   There was a medal action stamp on the file that read "MEDAL ACTION … [Read more...]

ALEXANDER FREDERICK McINTYRE ~ ANZAC Medallion for Greymouth great-nephew of 2nd day Gallipoli casualty.

6/683 ~ ALEXANDER FREDERICK McINTYRE     Malcom McINTYRE (1834-1899) and Margaret Elizabeth McDOUGALL (1850-1917) were both Scottish migrants to Dunedin, he a blacksmith from Glassary, Argyll and she from Lawrencekirk, Aberdeenshire.  Malcom McIntyre (1834-1899), born at Rothesay, Buteshire was a 24 year old journeyman (apprentice) blacksmith in Glassary when … [Read more...]

UPDATE ~ CHARLES HENRY GARTNER ~ “MUTT” found in Australia, has been reunited with “JEFF”

56764 RFLM Charles Henry Gartner ~ UPDATE     In August 2018 we bought you the story (below) of a First World War Victory Medal named to Rifleman Charlie Gartner that had been donated to MRNZ by a Nelson collector.  This resulted in the medal being returned to Charlie's grandson Wayne, a former Nelsonian now living in Waipawa who had left Nelson some 40+ … [Read more...]

HENRY RAYMOND BEVAN ~ War medal of NZ Maori rugby player from Otaki reunited with All Blacks family.

10/1741 ~ HENRY RAYMOND BEVAN     Naval Captain Simon Rooke, RNZN, a senior NZDF officer contacted me after having found a First World War medal whilst sorting  his deceased father’s personal effects.  The Victory Medal, in good condition complete with original ribbon, was named to 10/1741  PTE  H. R. BEVAN  N.Z.E.F.  As is often the … [Read more...]

THOMAS FAULKNER ~ Welsh merchant marine Captain’s WW1 medal reunited with great-grandson.

103480 ~ THOMAS FAULKNER  M.N. ~ Merchant Marine     Russell Bennison of Papakura had just read my first article in the Spring RSA Review regarding the wearing unofficial medals, and as  result email me, not with any query about unofficial medals, but one regarding a medal he had found mixed in with his own father’s medals (as so often happens).  … [Read more...]