~ NZ POLICE, WHAKATANE ~ An anonymous bag of war medals for three ex-servicemen is on track to be returned.

~ ORCHARD - BEHAN - GRAINGER ~     A text message accompanied by a photograph of a newspaper article that appeared in the Opotiki News on 25 February, was sent to me by 'Colonel Tom', a retired infantry officer and military historian, and a supporter of Medals Reunited New Zealand.  Many of you know Col. (Ret'd) Tom O'Reilly.  Tom had seen the article and … [Read more...]

54787 HUGH DIPROSE TURNER ~ UPDATE

Two 'FEE-OWN-ARS' to the rescue .....     Phiona Puhara was in a Taupo op shop looking to buy some second-hand picture frames.  The frames Phiona selected each had an old black & white photograph in them which she intended to throw away.  It wasn't until she took the pictures out of their frames that she discovered the names written on the backs - Hugh … [Read more...]

JAMES HOLST ~ WW1 medals of Norwegian immigrant’s son from Bunnythorpe reunited with grand-daughter.

23/1676 ~ JAMES HOLST     A pair of World War 1 medals 'rescued' by me from a second-hand dealer have been reunited with the soldier's grand-daughter.  Four of six Holst brothers were born in Bunnythorpe, Manawatu.  Three of the four youngest brothers went overseas with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, and three of only five soldiers named HOLST to … [Read more...]

CAMPBELL LUPTON BOWEN, aka Richard Bowen ~ The return of an Australian NZEF Trooper’s medals for service in the Desert Mounted Corps.

11/1663 ~ CAMPBELL LUPTON BOWEN Out postings of medals that have been found or donated on the AWMM Cenotaph website and the Medals~FOUND page of our MRNZ website has resulted in yet another Canterbury mounted rifleman's descendant family making a successful claim for his First World War medals.  Maree Bowen of Timaru contacted me after seeing a listing on our website for … [Read more...]

LAURENCE FREDERICK BLOMFIELD ~ Auckland marine engineer’s WW1 medal reunited with his 96 year old daughter.

65936 ~ LAURENCE FREDERICK BLOMFIELD     James is an ex-pat Kiwi who has lived in Australia since the 1970s.  During a recent clean out of a room in his Gold Coast home, James came across some of the collected treasures that had belonged to his parents and at one time graced the family home.  One of these treasures has made one Wellington family very happy … [Read more...]

WILLIAM LESLIE KITTELTY ~ Medals of Greymouth born First Day Gallipoli Lander returned to family hands.

12/25 ~ WILLIAM LESLIE KITTELTY     In 2015, a New Zealand descendent of the Kittelty family now living in Australia, made enquiries through the New Zealand newspaper network looking for the medals of her Great Uncle, William Leslie Kittelty, that had not been seen by any in the family for many years and were presumed lost – forever!  Phillipa Meppems is the … [Read more...]

JOHN THOMAS TIMPSON ~ Boer War medal of Mt. Somers-Hokitika resident & veteran of three wars, reunited with Grandson.

SA-1282 ~ JOHN HILL,  SA-5033 ~ JACK HILL  & 2/1209 ~ JOHN THOMAS TIMPSON     I received the following email from Lorraine of Rolleston: Good afternoon, I have come into possession of a 1st WW medal for Private J. Hill, No: 1282. I would like this medal returned to his family but I do not know if he has any relatives.  The medal was in with my … [Read more...]

PHILIP ALEXANDER CAMPBELL ~ Second NZEF soldiers honoured with a Diploma from the ‘King’ while Crossing the Line enroute to North Africa.

9475 ~ PHILIP ALEXANDER CAMPBELL     Born and raised in Dunedin, grocer Frank Muntz volunteered for war service in 1939 and joined the South Island nominees for the First Echelon in training at Burnham.  8541 Corporal Francis Raymond "Frank" MUNTZ was assigned to the NZ Army Ordnance Corps and departed Lyttelton aboard the HMNZT Z6  MS Sobieski, one of six … [Read more...]

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 Remembered.com (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...]

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