NEW BOOK ~ for Release on 30 October 2019 ~ “EDDIE NORMAN and 25 BATTALION”

25252525252525 >>  NEW BOOK  << 25252525252525                      ~ EDDIE NORMAN and 25 BATTALION ~       For the purveyors of NZ infantry battalions at war comes this new release on 30 October 2019 --- a personal perspective of the 25th Battalion in the Second World War … [Read more...]

ROYAL GEORGE LINDSAY ~ Kiwi bomber pilot’s “sweetheart brooches” given to Canadian fiancée are returned to New Zealand.

NZ 401396 ~ ROYAL GEORGE LINDSAY ~ RNZAF / RAF     An email received from Sharon H. of Collingwood Ontario, Canada resulted from a 2017 referral by the Webmaster of Aircrew (UK) with whom I regularly correspond as both a researcher of Kiwi airmen and for assistance with tracing UK families to reunite medals with.  Sharon’s email was the start of … [Read more...]

CLARENCE GODFREY EGAN ~ WW2 medals salvaged from Trade-Me by a dedicated Motueka veteran’s advocate.

 38407 ~ CLARENCE GODFREY EGAN     As students of New Zealand military history are aware, 6/246 Private William Arthur HAM (22) from Ngatimoti in the Tasman district was the first NZEF soldier to die in combat during WW1.  The recent sale of his Pte. Ham’s British War Medal 1914-20 on Trade-Me for NZ$7000.00 demonstrated the public appetite - collectors, … [Read more...]

ALBERT EDWARD DENHAM ~ A grandson’s broken heart is at last mended with the gift of his Grandfather’s medals, found at an Omokoroa Beach house.

58422 ~ ALBERT EDWARD DENHAM     Following a house removal, Jan R. was clearing out some old boxes of accumulated “stuff” during which she happened across a pair of First World War medals she recalled her husband had found in the garage of a property they bought in Omokoroa more than 20 years previous.  Not knowing quite what to do with the medals after an … [Read more...]

JOSEPH DALZELL RENKIN ~ Levin jeweller’s war medals and memorabilia reunited with Taupo family.

12828 ~ JOSEPH DALZELL RENKIN The internet is a such a vast resource, rarely can you be across all sites relevant to your interests and to that extent, I am grateful for the referrals sent to me by web viewers who spot military medals or memorabilia on a site, looking to be reunited with family or a descendant.  A friend Iain Davidson, the webmaster of Unknown Warriors of the … [Read more...]

ISABELLE JENETTE ELLIS ~ Medals found at Brisbane Airport are reunited with Oamaru nonagenarian & former soldier.

822513 ~ ISABELLE JENETTE ELLIS     The genesis of this story was an email I received from Brisbane Airport in early April.  As a result I circulated the following two posts on MRNZ's Facebook page: Medals Reunited NZ - Facebook April 23 822513 ~ Corporal ISABELLE JENETTE ELLIS, NZ Army 1942-1946. FOUND AT BRISBANE AIRPORT, 03 April 2019. These WW2 … [Read more...]

ANGUS [GALBRAITH] McLEAN ~ A lonely death in a distant land is remembered as a Scotsman’s NZEF war medal is delivered in person to his home in the Outer Hebrides.

73359 ~ Angus [Galbraith] McLean The return of this particular medal has taken the best part of three years, but unlike the ‘voyage of discovery’ that resulted from the  return of Matron Sylvia Brown's medal in my previous post, this story is quite brief. A Nelson resident, Jane L.** enjoys the challenge of genealogical research and had been trying to reunite some … [Read more...]

SYLVIA DAISY BROWN ~ Nelson Police recovery of Hospital Matron’s war medal leads to a long search of discovery.

2/R – B/28 ~ SYLVIA DAISY BROWN, RN ~ QAIMNSR     Uncharacteristically I am starting this story with the ending, the reason for which will become apparent as you read on. The impetus for this medal research initially came from the Nelson Police.  Constable Ben Wallbank in the course of apprehending an offender had found a First World War medal in the … [Read more...]

2/R-B/28 SISTER SYLVIA BROWN ~ Nurse’s war efforts recognised with medals gifted to Nelson Hospital.

When Constable Ben Wallbank of the Nelson Police called me in 2017 to ask if I could return a war medal he had recovered, my response was as it always is - yes, it will be my pleasure.  Little did I know how long this journey would last but last it did, for 18 months of research! The decision to return the medal of a WW1 nurse to her 'descendant nursing family' at Nelson … [Read more...]

!! STOLEN MEDALS !! ~ Timaru, prior to 2019

STOLEN~STOLEN~STOLEN~STOLEN~STOLEN~STOLEN  From the South Canterbury RSA - again ! South Canterbury RSA "stars" yet again in its on-going 'MISSING MEDALS' saga.  A family who lent their WW1 Military Cross and WW1 Medal Trio group of: 7/753 CAPT Duncan Bain MURCHISON, MC Canterbury Mounted Rifles, 2nd Reinforcements had gone to retrieve the medals from the RSA … [Read more...]