PETER LEONARD WEATHERILL ~ Retired airman reunited with medals lost 21 years ago, after being spotted on Trade-Me.

P3529174 & J86856 ~ PETER LEONARD WEATHERILL – RAF, RNZAF A few weeks ago I opened an email around half-past midnight from “John O’R.” whom I do not know.  The email had arrived unsolicited with no message but simply a Trade-Me URL enclosed.  I opened the URL which revealed a picture of two full size medals plus a miniature medal that being offered for sale by … [Read more...]

ORCHARD, BEHAN, GRAINGER ~ Stolen bag of NZ & AUST medals handed in to Whakatane Police ~ owners found on both sides of the Tasman.

~ ORCHARD (NZ), BEHAN & GRAINGER (AUST) ~     It is a relatively rare occasion when I am contacted by the NZ Police for help with reuniting medals, but two requests within two weeks was unprecedented!  Just after I had wrapped up the ELVY medal case for the Avondale Police (see previous post), I turned on my phone to start the day’s work when a message … [Read more...]

CLAUDE DAVID ELVY ~ Medal found by NZ Police belonged to one of four brothers who went to WW1 – the one who never returned.

28994 ~ CLAUDE DAVID ELVY     The NZ Police often come across military medals in the course of their duties.  Most tend to come from the members of the public who find them and hand them in, while others are the result of an operational property or offender search.  A phone call from the Avondale Police in Auckland was one of these latter … [Read more...]


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 and 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...]

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