MRNZ Headquarters

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

 

'Silent Sentinel' Photo courtesy of Brian Ramsay

The Silent Sentinel – Denmark

 

“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers…” 

Ian Martyn – Founder / Director / 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, market stalls and through retail outlets, on a daily basis.  These medals usually represent a deceased Veteran whose family has also deceased, or  they may be medals that have been separated from family by loss, theft or have at some point been sold for the cash.  By reuniting any of these medals with descendant kin, we hope to reinvigorate a family or a descendant’s interest to remember and honour their deceased ancestor Veteran on appropriate national days of remembrance.  There can be no better way for the living to do this than by wearing a Veteran’s medals with dignity and pride.

Brian Ramsay, BEM (Mil) 

BrianRamsay-100Brian is a very experienced former Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (RNZIR) soldier and a valuable member of the MRNZ team.  Brian being Nelson born and bred is well known in the community and an additional point of contact for Veterans and members of the public seeking MRNZ’s service.   Brian is an accomplished medal mounting professional who mounts medals for Veterans on behalf of the Nelson RSA, and will also mount/re-mount medals for any member of the public.   He is able to re-ribbon, clean, preserve and mount medals (Swing or Court style) including having medals repaired if required.  

In addition Brian is involved with the local Air Cadet Squadron.  He is the ‘mover and shaker’ who organises the NZ Cadet Forces units in Nelson to carry out the annual Poppy Day collection appeal on behalf of the Nelson RSA.   Brian is also the motivation and drive behind an initiative to spruce up neglected gravestones of war Veterans buried in local Nelson cemeteries, prior to the annual Anzac Day and Armistice Day commemorations.  Brian rallies his enthusiastic volunteer workforce of NZ Cadet Forces personnel for the task.  The Cadets valued contribution is extended on Anzac Day to ensuring every Veteran buried in each of the cemeteries in Nelson, is remembered by honouring their memory with a Poppy placed on each grave.

‘their name liveth for evermore’