Archives for June 2015

FRANCIS HENRY HOLYOAKE – Nelson RSA Medals – two groups down, three to go.

7/1745 - FRANCIS HENRY HOLYOAKE     Francis (Frank) Henry Holyoake was born and raised at Sandy Bay, Nelson where he worked the family farm with his father Richard, and brother Albert (served with 2nd NZ Rifle Brigade).  At his time of enlistment in August 1915, 31 year old Frank was a labourer with the Public Works Dept. of Nelson.  He had also served for … [Read more...]

PERCY LATOR NISBETT – Nelson RSA Medals – only four groups to go.

11/2268 - PERCY LATOR NISBETT The medals of Gunner Nisbett were one of 10 sets of WW1 medals which had been left with the Nelson RSA by widows and family members over the preceding decades.  As a way of acknowledging the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli, and the subsequent commemorations of various key WW1 battles in Europe that would be held over the next … [Read more...]

THOMAS MOORFOOT – One good turn deserves another.

29282 - THOMAS MOORFOOT The return of a medal by MRNZ in May to a North Shore descendant of Pte. Alexander Westwood CRAIG had an unexpected and happy consequence.   After successfully researching the ancestors of her husband’s family, Barry C’s wife Julie took a look at our ‘Lost Trails’ website page and decided to see if she could do a little sleuthing to try … [Read more...]

WILLIAM HUNT – Concealed identity in the ‘Countess of Ranfurly’s Own’.

42336 - WILLIAM HUNT Obituary - Auckland Star, 11 January 1928 FALL INTO HARBOUR.                             SEAMAN'S MISHAP.                                                     … [Read more...]