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...]

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...]