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...]

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 (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...]

SYLVIA DAISY BROWN ~ Nelson Police recovery of Hospital Matron’s war medal leads to a long search of discovery.

2/R – B/28 ~ SYLVIA DAISY BROWN, RN ~ QAIMNSR     Uncharacteristically I am starting this story with the ending, the reason for which will become apparent as you read on. The impetus for this medal research initially came from the Nelson Police.  Constable Ben Wallbank in the course of apprehending an offender had found a First World War medal in the … [Read more...]

!! STOLEN MEDALS !! ~ Timaru, prior to 2019

STOLEN~STOLEN~STOLEN~STOLEN~STOLEN~STOLEN  From the South Canterbury RSA - again ! South Canterbury RSA "stars" yet again in its on-going 'MISSING MEDALS' saga.  A family who lent their WW1 Military Cross and WW1 Medal Trio group of: 7/753 CAPT Duncan Bain MURCHISON, MC Canterbury Mounted Rifles, 2nd Reinforcements had gone to retrieve the medals from the RSA … [Read more...]

DERYCK REEVE BACH ~ A Whitanga soldier’s unclaimed war medals & memorabilia: RSA asks MRNZ for help to return it to family.

33356 ~DERYCK REEVE BACH     Following the successful return of Second World War medals left at a Whitianga op shop in 2017 (refer Roland Castaing story), two boxes of medals and memorabilia were handed in to the same RSA that had requested our help to reunite the Castaing medals.  WW2  veteran Deryck Bach had been retired in Whitianga for some years and … [Read more...]

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