Archives for January 2016

ALEXANDER CRUICKSHANK, M.M. – Third time ‘unlucky’ for Okaromio Military Medal recipient.

6/2105 - ALEXANDER CRUICKSHANK, M.M. Alexander Cruickshank (Sandy, as he was known) and his brother David both went to war as infantry soldiers with the Canterbury Infantry Regiment.  Younger brother, 27231 L/Cpl. David John Cruickshank had enlisted with the 17th Reinforcements in 1918 whist working on his parents recently acquired farm property at Okaromio, near Renwicktown … [Read more...]

SILAS JOHN GIBSON – Death comes quickly to a Collingwood lad.

7/720 - SILAS JOHN GIBSON The Memorial Plaque (‘Death Penny’) commemorating the death of 7/720 Trooper Silas John Gibson has had a largely unknown history in its 93 plus years since being sent to his brother. This plaque arrived anonymously at MRNZ in a Blenheim postmarked package – no accompanying explanation?  I suspect someone may have had a change of heart and decided the … [Read more...]


UPDATE - 'Death Penny' given ... Oamaru Mail An Oamaru Mail article regarding the return of a Memorial Plaque ('Death Penny') given to the parents of Private Ernest Ashworth, was published on 22 Dec 2015.  The full article can be read here: Oamaru Mail - 'Death Penny' given ... Pte. Ernest Ashworth   … [Read more...]

ALFRED UDY MILLARD – Gallipoli medal trio is reunited from worlds apart.

10/570 - ALFRED UDY MILLARD     It is rare that a family is reunited with their ancestors war medals from three different sources at the same time but this situation resulted in a very welcome New Year present for one family in Halswell, Christchurch this week. Earlier last year I followed up a number of RSA Review LOST TRAILS posts regarding war medals that had been … [Read more...]

NOEL EDWARD CANN – Mystery medals found in Rarotonga.

401244 - NOEL EDWARD CANN     A box containing a Registered Nursing (RN) Badge engraved 22247  N.E. Cann  1956 together with five WW2 medals, a poppy, copies of NZ Defence medal issue documents, and a handwritten list of the medals, were found at the Manea Heights Chalets, Rarotonga in 2010.  Recognising the medals obviously belonged to a New … [Read more...]