About Us

Medals HeaderOur aim is to honour the sacrifice and memory of deceased and forgotten veterans whose medals have been found and donated … we use our collective military experience and genealogy research skills, together with a world-wide network of resources, to find family or a descendant to reunite these medals with …

'Silent Sentinel' Photo courtesy of Brian Ramsay

‘Silent Sentinel’

‘ we few, we happy few, we band of brothers .. ‘ 

 Ian Martyn – Director / Founder / Website Administrator

Ian As a former career serviceman in both the New Zealand and Australian armed services (NZ Army, RNZAF and RAAF) and a returned veteran, I have always been acutely aware that military medals not only tell a story of service but are often the only tangible evidence a family may have of a deceased war veteran ancestor they knew very little, if anything, about.

I started MRNZ with the aim of honoring the memory of countless forgotten war veteran’s whose war medals I saw auctioned or sold on the internet, markets and retail outlets on a daily basis.  These medals represent tangible memories of a veteran that have at some point been ‘lost’ to family and descendants.  By reuniting at least some of these medals with descendant kin, we hope to reinvigorate family and descendant interest in their ancestor veterans by keeping their memory alive and safeguarding the medals for future generations.

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Brian Ramsay, BEM (Mil) 

BrianRamsay-100Brian is a very experienced former New Zealand Army infantry soldier and a valuable member of the research team, based in Nelson. Whilst Brian is an accomplished and knowledgeable medal enthusiast and researcher, he is also active in his local community mounting medals for veterans and their families.  Brian provides a service for the Nelson RSA to re-ribbon, clean, preserve, mount and repair medals.  In addition he is the ‘mover and shaker’ who organises and manages the annual Poppy  Collection by the Cadet Forces units of all three services in Nelson.

Brian is the motivation and drive behind an initiative to spruce up neglected gravestones of war veterans (some very noteworthy) who are buried in local Nelson cemeteries prior to the annual Anzac Day and Remembrance Day commemorations.  Brian rallies his enthusiastic volunteer workforce from Navy, Army and Air Force Cadet units for the task.  Their valued work ensures also ensures every war veterans in each of the cemeteries are remembered and appropriately honoured with a poppy … ‘their name liveth for evermore’

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