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MEDALS FOUND …… TRAILS LOST 

Are you able to help connect us to a deceased Veteran’s kin ? 

On this page you will find listed the names of deceased Veterans whose medals and ephemera we are holding, that have been found or donated, pending detailed research for owners to reunite them with.  If you recognize a name on this list and are able to put us in contact with a family, relative or an acquaintance who may be able to help, please contact us on 027-940-4495, or at [email protected] or send the details on our Contact Form.  

Do you have a MEDAL you would like returned to a family ?

If so, we can definitely help you.  With access to a large pool of national and international resources plus fellow researchers, we undertake to make every effort to find a traceable family member or a close descendant, be they in New Zealand or abroad, with which to reunite your medals.  

Ephemera

Apart from reuniting medals we will also undertake searches to reunite military or para-military ephemera.  Typical items are: service certificates, commemorative medallions, lapel and military badges, insignia, identity (‘dog’) tags and bracelets, documents, papers/letters, framed items, photographs, books, clothing and equipment.

Our Research & Reunite Process 

MRNZ will undertake a search for families or descendants of any medal or item of ephemera that we are holding on temporary loan, for the duration of the research.   

Temporary Loan    As you can appreciate if we were to spend our time looking for families/descendants and then gave our results to the medal owner, we would gain no opportunity to promote our work and reputation.  In addition searches can incur quite a bit of expense for document searches, obtaining file copies, information from international sources, and internet ‘pay per view’ information.   There have been a few instances when I first started this service, when I had spent considerable time and effort researching medals on trust, i.e. without having the medals on hand.  Once the descendants were found I was faced with one owner who had sold his medals, another who had moved away and was untraceable, and one who had changed his mind and decided not to return the medals at all!   Such circumstances of course can leave families confused and angry and our reputation in question, so I had to draw a line somewhere.  

The only way I can guarantee medals are reunited with families and our research and reputation protected, is by temporarily holding the medals before we start research.  Medal(s) held by us on Temporary Loan simply means we will take the responsible for their security while they are in our care and, should we not get a positive outcome the medal(s) will be returned to you, if you so wish.  For each owner’s peace of mind once a medal arrives at MRNZ you will be receive a letter acknowledging our Receipt and Temporary Loan of your medals or ephemera.

We adhere to this approach for anyone who would like to have a medal reunited, irrespective – be they members of the public, the Defence Forces, RSAs, Police, Fire & Emergency services, public organisations, charity shops, clubs and so on. 

Having your medals on Temporary Loan allows us to check the medals are correctly impressed (not a re-named original, duplicate or fake) and to assess their condition so that we can offer restoration advice to the receiving families.  Temporary Loan also allow us to clean and photograph the items for inclusion in the stories I write of those items successfully reunited.  Publishing the actual impressed details of the serviceman that appear on the edge or rear of a medal, has the spin off effect of showing collectors that any original medal they may be looking for to add to a collection, is likely to have been returned to descendants.  This can also be a deterrent for would-be counterfeiters who might want to pass off replica/fake medals to a veteran’s family.  Last, we can ensure any medal or item is packaged securely before being sent to a recipient family/descendant, or as may be required by domestic or international postal and shipping agencies.

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Research

When a medal or item of ephemera arrives at MRNZ it is first entered into a database with all known information including that of the finder/owner details so you will never be forgotten, provided we have an email or telephone contact.  A preliminary check is made for the person’s complete medal entitlement so that we can determine if any are missing. 

All medals we receive are then added to the list below and to the Auckland War Memorial Museum’s Cenotaph website.  This allows the public to view and potentially claim any of the medals that may have been connected with ancestors, or perhaps assist us by providing information regarding a name that is recognised which may help us to locate families/descendants.  This can save valuable time by short circuiting a potentially lengthy search, so we can expedite their return. 

Each new arrival receives an immediate assessment (about 1 hour) to ascertain if there is any possibility, based upon existing information, of being speedily reunited.  If so, it will receive a high priority for additional research and return.  If not, medals are queued (NZ medals first) in an order of their assessed research difficulty … easiest to the most difficult, the goal being to get as many medals reunited as quickly as we can. 

After a medal is reunited and there are additional medals or other items that remain unaccounted for, we will advertise for them on our MISSING IN ACTION page in the hope they can be found in the community, or a current owner may decide to offer them up for the family to buy back.  We will advise you if we are contacted should any medals become available.

Will it take long ?

Research generally is not a quick process and instant results are rare.  Some cases can be complex and take many months, years even, to resolve (nearly 3 years is the longest so far).  Our priority is always to research New Zealander’s medals first.  Researching a veteran’s descendants who have left New Zealand, or who are non-NZ families, e.g. Australian, British, Canadian etc., can extend the length of research.

Medals that cannot be reunited

Be assured every effort to find a home for your medal(s) will be made – your success is our reputation.  Should we reach a point when all possibilities have been exhausted and we still do not have a descendant contact, you will be contacted regarding the future of the medal(s) – in any event they remain yours until a decision is made on how you would like us to proceed. 

Our default position in the absence of specific instructions for those medals we are unable to reunite, is to send them to the national museum of the Service the original named medal recipient/owner belonged to, i.e.  National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy, National Army Museum, Airforce Museum of New Zealand, New Zealand Police Museum etc.  This means that these medals will never be found on the open market for collecting or trading purposes, and will be kept in a secure repository while remaining accessible to future family descendants and historians.

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Sending Medals or Ephemera to MRNZ

We have found from experience the NZ Courier Post (track & trace) service to be the most reliable for the safe delivery of medals to our PO Box here in Nelson.  Once items arrive  at MRNZ you will receive a confirmatory letter acknowledging our Receipt and Temporary Loan until research is completed.

Anonymous donations – NO questions asked !

If you have a medal or item of ephemera you would like returned to an owner AND wish to remain anonymous, you are welcome to send, or have a third party deliver, any medal or item to our address –   MRNZ ~ PO Box 8034 ~ Nelson Mail Centre ~ Nelson 7042 ~ no questions asked.

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Claiming Medals and Ephemera

MRNZ is holding medals and ephemera named to the Veterans listed below.  Claimants will be asked to provide documentary and photographic proof of identity and evidence of their ancestral link to the Veteran before any medal is handed over. 

 

NZ Medals ~ Non-NZ Medals ~ Reunited Medals

MEDALS ISSUED BEFORE 1914

 SA-7924TPRJamesMcCONNELL

Boer War – NZMR, 9th Contingent 

FIRST WORLD WAR (1914-1918) – NZ, UK, Australia, Canada

 42378RFLMEmanuelNEWTON

NZ Rifle Bde, 26th Reinf

 12/3783LCPLWilliamPICKERING 

Auckland Inf. Regt, 9th Reinf 

 37562SPRCharles Neville COLLINS

NZ Engineers Tunnelling Coy, 4th Reinf

 37725SPRJohn JosephO’DONNELL

NZ Engineers Tunnelling Coy, 5th Reinf

 29471RFLM

Lawrence George

PERRY

NZ Rifle Bde, 12th Reinf

 42842LCPL

Alfred Dollery

LAMB *

Otago Inf. Regt, 24th Reinf

 74790PTEWilliamLAMB *

Otago Inf. Regt, 38th Reinf

 6/554PTE

Charles Edward

STEPHENSON 

Canterbury Inf. Bn (Main Body)

 23/1184

RFLM (SGT)

John Robert 

SINCLAIR1st Bn, NZ Rifle Brigade 
 2/2792GNR

William Andrew

CHAPMAN 

NZ Field Artillery, 10th Reinf

 6/1260PTE Thomas  CHARLTON

Canterbury Inf. Bn, 2nd Reinf 

 36402RFLM

Leonard Harold

BROWN 

Auckland Inf. Regt, 21st Reinf

 8/293PTE

Frederick

SMITH

Otago Infantry Bn (Main Body) – reunited Mar 2018

 9/686DVRGeorgeCATHCART

Otago Mounted Rifles, 2nd Reinf; also NZ Field Artillery

 34524RFLM

Arthur Douglas

BAILLIENZ Rifle Bde, 20th Reinf
 6/1452PTE

Richard James 

ATKINSONCanterbury Inf. Bn, 3rd Reinf
 10075 SJT 

James Harold Russell

HUNTER Canterbury Inf. Regt, 11th Reinf 
 36369 RFLM Daniel SLOAN 

Canterbury Inf. Battalion, 26th Reinf  – reunited Mar 2018

 41198B SPR George RoachBARTLETT 

Otago Inf. Bn. / 1 Div NZ Field Engineers, 2nd Reinf 

 21973 PTE John CAMPBELL 

Otago Inf. Bn, 16th Reinf

 M2654

ERA 4 (Eng Rm Asst.)

Richard Douglas

CONWAYRoyal Navy (RN)
 172465DVRJohn WeirGILMOUR

Royal Field Artillery (RFA) 

 73359PTEAngus

McLEAN (born GALBRAITH – native of Barra, Invernesshire,  Scotland)

Wellington Inf. Bn, 37th Reinf 

 18449PTEAlexanderSMITH

Highland Light Infantry Regiment (HLI Regt)

 203382AB

William George

WEATHERSPOONRoyal Navy (RN)
 11/1663

FARR. CPL

RichardBOWENWellington Mtd Rifles, 7th Reinf
 52940GNR

Joseph William

BOWERNZ Field Artillery, 28th Reinf
 12/3226

SGT. MAJ (LT)

Clinton RolandGRIBBENAuckland Inf. Bn, 7th Reinf
 59946PTEJohn AlbertMcDONALD

Wellington Inf. Regt, 30th Reinf

 30475 SSGT (LT) 

Edmund Grieves 

FERRIDAY 

NZ Field Artillery, 22nd Reinf 

 4/577SPR 

Clifford Sydney 

SIMMONS 

NZ Field Engineers (Main Body) 

 29238 PTE William HenryJONES

17th Battalion, The King’s (Liverpool) Regiment 

 3918 SJTWilliam 

PRATT

Middlesex Regiment 
 9/32 LCPL Frank Mark 

DOOLEY (KIA – Chunuk Bair, Gallipoli)

Otago Mounted Rifles (Main Body)
 xxxxxxxxxENGR 

James Fletcher 

DICKSON Mercantile Marine
 75386PTEEdward CharlesKING

Reserve Battalion, Otago Infantry Regt, 39th Reinf

 26/1667 LCPL 

Hedley Frederick Christian

NAGEL NZ Rifle Bde, 2nd Reinf 
 

T-30477  T-2698 12332   

DVRHarry CONWAY 

Army Service Corps (ASC) 

 10/2019PTE MylesWALSH

Wellington Inf. Regt, 4th Reinf (formerly Royal Dublin Fusiliers: Boer War)

 22980RFLMJohn ThomasHARRIS

3 Bn, NZRB, 4th Reinf

 62003RFLMAlfred NobelBROWN

G Coy, NZRB Reinf

 49233RFLMPatrick CecilDALY

J Coy, NZRB Reinf

 50203BDRPercy HerbertFOWLER

NZ Field Arty, 28th Reinf

 2/1308aDVRThomas HARRIS

Canterbury Inf. Regt, 2nd Reinf

  57049SGTSidney GordonDOIG

F Coy, NZRB, 29th Reinf

 23/1676CPLJamesHOLST

NZ Rifle Bde, 3rd Reinf

 8/3648PTEJamesJOYCE

Otago Inf. Regt, 9th Reinf

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CHAPN (Chaplain)

Arundel John EdwardMacSWINEY R.N. (born Swiney)

HMS SANDHURST, Royal Navy (RN) – buried Hillsborough, Auckland

 58422RFLMAlbert EdwardDENHAM

NZ Rifle Bde, 36th Reinf

 19137PTE

James Alfred George

FLOWER

Auckland Inf. Regt, 15th Reinf

 6/3889 LT James Barr STRUTHERS (DOW – France) 

Otago/Canterbury Inf. Regt, 9th Reinf 

 6/513PTEJames

McCONNELL (DOW – after discharge 1921)

Canterbury Inf. Regt. 

 8/2896CPLFrancis William

DESMOND (KIA Messines, Belgium)

Otago Inf. Regt, 7th Reinf

 8/243CPL (WO2 – CSM)GeorgeMECHEN (WIA x 2 –  Gallipoli)

Otago Inf. Regt. (Main Body) 

 40433PTEPercyBURTON (DOW – England)

Specialist Company, MG Section – NZ Machine-gun Corps (NZMGC), 24th Reinf

 26/812CPLJames TraversHURLEY

4th NZ Rifle Bde – NZ Entrenching Battalion 

 9/1203PTE / DVRJamesMcKEOWN

Otago Mounted Rifles, 6th Reinf – NZ Army Service Corps (NZASC)

 6/2731CPLCharlesRANDALL

Canterbury Inf. Battalion, 6th Reinf

 56764RFLMCharles HenryGARTNER

H Coy, NZ Rifle Brigade Reinfs

 2/555GNRJohn O’BRIEN

NZ Field Artillery (Main Body)

 29235PTEMaurice Clifton

DRUMMOND (KIA – Messines, Belgium)

Canterbury Inf. Bn., 18th Reinf – reunited Mar 2018
 5/194PTEJamesLOVELL (DOD – Samoa) 

Samoan Advance Party – NZ Army Service Corps (NZASC)

 38720LT (CAPT) 

John Henry Aloysius

McKEEFREY Otago Inf. Regt, 25th Reinf
 xxxxxxxxxSISTERNanceMcKAY, ARRC

Queen Alexandra’s Royal Navy Nursing Service (QARNNS)

 B.28

SISTER 

Sylvia Daisy (born Daisy Sylvia)BROWN

Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserves (QAIMNSR) – fmr Matron, Nelson Hospital 1920-1945

 16/570A

PTE (LCPL)

JamesCLUNE (DOD in NZ after discharge 1918)

NZ (Maori) Pioneer Battalion – 2nd Contingent

 6/4594

PTE

SamuelCHASE

Canterbury Inf Bn, 2nd Reinf – reunited Mar 2018

 760651

PTE

Henry JosephSHORT (Australian from Kalgoorlie – died NZ)

AIF (med disch); 3rd Pioneer Bn, Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF)

 T-33677 28591PTE / DVRArchibald Newell (Newill)STRANDLING

2/5 Kings Own Royal Lancashire Regt. (2/5KOR LANCS) – Army Service Corps (ASC)

 9/1106CPLAlexander PollockSCOTT

NZ Machine-gun Corps (NZMGC) – 5th Reinf

 226416PTERichard AnthonyWILLIAMS

102 Canadian Inf. Bn., CEF

 33202SPR / DVRWilliam JohnNEILL

NZ Field Engineers (NZFE) – 22nd Reinf

 3/389SGTJames LeodamusCALDER

1/2 NZ Field Ambulance, OIR – 2nd Reinf

 81281PTEFrederick Everard

NEEDHAM

F Company – 41st Reinf 
      

SECOND WORLD WAR (1939-1945) – NZ, UK, Australia, Canada

 61482GNR

Douglas Haig

MILNE RNZ Artillery, 2 NZEF 
 24033 PTE Robert GOODING 

24 Inf. Battalion, 2 NZEF 

 12324 LCPL 

Gordon Lance 

McKINNON26 Inf. Battalion, 2 NZEF 
  ?M. LEVY

TOBRUK SIEGE 1941 Commemorative ‘T’ medal 

 P/JX 651330

WOO – (LT- Ord EngrO)

Charles Henry KING R.N. Royal Navy (RN) – 1938-1958
 22422GNRPeter StandishSAVILL (ex-UK)

5 Field Regt, 2nd NZ Div. Arty – RNZ Artillery, 2 NZEF

 481553CPLRobert WilliamROGERS

Infantry Reinf, NZ Provost Corps (NZPRO)

 NZ401396 PLT OFFRoyal GeorgeLINDSAY (DAO – North Sea)

RNZAF – 104 SQN, RAF – Canada 

 

NZ41924

FLT LTLeonard MEXTED

RNZAF – 353 SQN, RAF – India

 

515226

PTEBernard CecilWIDDON

NZ Medical Corps (NZMC) – Hospital Ship “Mangaunui”

 20663 GNRThomas WalterTAYLOR 

NZ Artillery – 22 Infantry (“Wellington”) Battalion, 2NZEF 

 33396SSGT Deryck ReeveBACH

NZ Regiment – 25 Infantry Battalion, 2NZEF

      

MEDALS ISSUED AFTER 1945 – NZ, UK, Australia, Canada

 M-1119546

CHIEF TECH 

D.REESRoyal Air Force (RAF)
 K19559PO W.E.F.Lloyd JefferyCRON

RNZ Navy Volunteer Reserve (RNZNVR)

      
 

EPHEMERA 

 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxThomas Seymour

PRICHARD, BEM (former WW2, RNZAF)

National Rifle Association; Karori Rifle Club medal – reunited Feb 2018

 49657PTE

Frederick/Fred Newman

STANTONCanterbury Inf. Regt. – 27th Reinf
 NZ 7380xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxSILVER WAR BADGE

Found at residence in  Lambeth Rd, Sandringham, Auckland in 1972

      

New Additions – Mar / Apr 2018

LEGEND

(CPL) = Highest rank

CPL / SGT = either rank impressed on medal