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 - FacebookApril 23822513 ~ 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] McLeanThe 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...]

DERYCK REEVE BACH ~ A Whitanga soldier’s unclaimed war medals & memorabilia: RSA asks MRNZ for help to return it to family.

33356 ~DERYCK REEVE BACH     Following the successful return of Second World War medals left at a Whitianga op shop in 2017 (refer Roland Castaing story), two boxes of medals and memorabilia were handed in to the same RSA that had requested our help to reunite the Castaing medals.  WW2  veteran Deryck Bach had been retired in Whitianga for some years and … [Read more...]

UPDATE ~ George Firman – RNZAF, Died on Air Operations

NZ4312786 ~ LAC George Firman ~ 40 Squadron RNZAF       In September 2018 we related the story of the death of 22 year old LAC George Firman (see below), one of 20 airmen on board a 40 Squadron Dakota aircraft that was returning to New Zealand from the Pacific Islands, having completed their tour of duty.  Bound for RNZAF Station Whenuapai, the aircraft … [Read more...]

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...]