BERNARD CECIL WIDDON ~ Medals dropped by burglars in Geelong Park make a double trans-Tasman crossing.

515226 - BERNARD CECIL WIDDON     I received a request from the Victorian Police on 5 October after a set of WW2 miniature medals belonging to a New Zealander had been found in a recreational park at Bell Post Hill, Geelong and had been handed in to local police in the town of Corio.  Checks of were made of all the RSL Clubs in Geelong and enquiries also made at … [Read more...]

ALEXANDER WATT McMILLAN ~ Saltwater Creek farmer a casualty of New Zealand’s “Darkest Day”

24/2541 - ALEXANDER WATT McMILLAN     In 2015 MRNZ received a memorial plaque from a confidential donor in the Waikato, named to Alexander Watt McMillan.  The plaque had been found in the possessions of a deceased pensioner, Albert King, who had apparently died with no known family.  Albert had also been a WW1 soldier but what the relationship (if any) with … [Read more...]

CPL ALBERT EVERITT, MM ~ Update No 2 ~ 100th Anniversary of Battle of Passchendaele.

Read UPDATE  No. 2 on-line - click here   Read UPDATE  No. 1  - click here  Read ORIGINAL post - click here                    … [Read more...]

GEORGE WILLIAM DINES – Fairlie War Memorial leads a grandson to claim a descendant’s WW1 medal for his grandfather.

23/38 - GEORGE WILLIAM DINES     A Victory Medal found in the effects of a pensioner who had died alone in a Christchurch flat, was reunited with the recipient's  descendant family this week.  The Victory Medal was one of three medals together with a Memorial Plaque and Scroll that had been sent to Sgt. George Dines' parents of Fairlie, South Canterbury.  … [Read more...]

HUGH DIPROSE TURNER – Medals of Donnellys Crossing veteran reunited with serving great-nephew.

54787  - HUGH DIPROSE TURNER    Turnwell de Pringle William Owens Turner (1848-1911), sometimes known as Owen Turner, was a 32 year old coal miner from Brymbo, Denbighshire in Wales when he married 25 year old Marianna DIPROSE (1857-1945) from Chatham, Kent in 1879.   Prior to migrating to New Zealand Owen Turner's position at the mine was  that … [Read more...]

ALBERT EVERITT, M.M. ~ UPDATE ~ restored and reunited after 98 years.

20979 - ALBERT EVERITT, M.M.   ~~~~  UPDATE     To read the original Post click >>> HERE .... continued .... I discovered that whilst I had the correct address, unfortunately Mary Ellen Everitt had passed away in 2015.  Mr 'Google' and I went back to the internet to look for Mary's obituary notice.  With a bit of luck I might … [Read more...]

VIOLET MAUD TROTT, A.R.R.C. – Hanmer Springs hospital matron’s war medals found in Rest Home safe 41 years after she died.

22/378 - VIOLET MAUD TROTT, A.R.R.C.     In October 2016 I was contacted by a resident nurse at St. Nicholas Hospital & Rest Home at Ilam in Christchurch.  Nurse Kim M-B. advised that the hospital was closing permanently in a few weeks and that in the course of re-locating their records and administrative facilities to their new premises, medals belonging to … [Read more...]

JOHN WILLIAM STEPHENS – Boer War medal reunited within the same family !

SA7702  - JOHN WILLIAM STEPHENS     I recently received a request from William (Bill) McDonald of Rotorua for help to reunite a Boer War medal he had found in his mother's estate belongings.  Bill, the current President of the Rotorua RSA, had never seen the medal before and did not associate it with either his mother nor his known or extended family, and … [Read more...]

SAMUEL JOHN BENNETT, M.C. ~ WW1 medals STOLEN in Rotorua found and reunited !

55752 - SAMUEL JOHN BENNETT, M.C.     On 31 January 2017 I posted a STOLEN MEDALS request  for the medals of Samuel John Bennett. M.C. on MRNZ's Website and Facebook Page - the medals were found two weeks ago and have now been reunited with their owner. Andrew & Karen Bennett's house Rotorua was burgled sometime between December 2016 and January 2017 and aside … [Read more...]

WIKI KAHIKA, M.I.D. – RNZE Assault Pioneer to receive Mentioned In Dispatches for Gallantry in Vietnam nearly 50 years after the event !

572333 - WIKI KAHIKA,  M.I.D.     One of my avid website readers and a keen supporter of MRNZ’s work is a former NZ Army colleague (circa 1970), Warrant Officer Class 2 (Rtd) Stu Ross RNZE, formerly of the School of Military Engineering at Linton, and now a retired resident of the Manawatu.   Stu recently sent me a message via the Medals Reunited NZ … [Read more...]