Medals ~ FOUND

Ephemera4

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/or items of ephemera have been found or donated to MRNZ, and are currently awaiting descendant searches.  If you recognize a name on the list and are able to put us in contact with family, a relative or an acquaintance who may be able to help, please contact us on 027-940-4495, send us an email to [email protected] or send the details on our Contact Form.  

Do you have a MEDALS you want to return 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 with descendant families we will also undertake research to reunite military or para-military ephemera.  Typically these include: service certificates, commemorative medallions, lapel and military badges, insignia, identity (‘dog’) tags and bracelets, documents, papers/letters, framed items, photographs, books, clothing and equipment.

Researching & reuniting MEDALS 

I am often asked if I will find a family or descendant for people who find medals or have had them in the family for a number of years and would like to see them returned to the family.  I am very happy to accept every request but I must also be able to guarantee to the descendant family when found, that I can deliver the medals. If we were to trace a descendant and then hand the results over to the person wanting to return it, we would gain no opportunity to promote our work and reputation. 

Before accepting any medal/ephemera research case I must be able to guarantee I can handover the medals or item of ephemera once the descendant is found.  The only way I can provide such a guarantee is if MRNZ is holding the medals before any research is started.  To do this we request any item you wish to reunite with a family be sent to us on a Temporary Loan basis for the duration of the research. 

Please appreciate that considerable time may be needed to trace a descendant which can also involve personal expense for such things as; obtaining documents, file copies, information from international sources, internet ‘pay per view’ sites, and photocopying and postal charges.   Being a free service we could stand to lose both time and any money spent on case research if the medals were not available to give to family once they have been advised (which has happened in the past).  I must be able to give an unconditional guarantee that the medals will be returned, and so have to draw a line somewhere.

Were I not able to give that guarantee, or failed to deliver the medals, this could leave families angry and confused, and cause considerable embarrassment and harm to our reputation.  

We apply this policy to anyone wanting to reunite medals or ephemera, irrespective – be they members of the public, the Defence Forces, NZRSAs, AustRSLs, Police, Fire & Emergency services, public service organisations, charity shops, clubs and so on.  Medal finders and donors we have dealt with so far have all been willing to trust us with the care of their medals.

‘Temporary Loan’  

  1. What is ‘Temporary Loan’ ?  Medals held on Temporary Loan simply means they are held only for the duration of their research.  If the research is successful, the medals will be couriered to the recipient )or sent to you if you wish to deliver them personally), or will be safe-hand delivered by us (which may also be an opportunity to promote our work). 
  2. You retain ownership.  Ownership of the medals at all times remains yours; if after the research is complete a descendant cannot be located, the medals will be returned to you if you so wish, or alternatively we can offer a suggestion for their perpetual care. 
  3. Security.  Any medal entrusted to MRNZ is secured in a fireproof safe.
  4. Not for sale.  No medal or item of ephemera that MRNZ is holding will ever be sold or be made available to the open market (see also Medals that cannot be reunited below).  

Other benefits of ‘Temporary Loan’

Apart from the need to provide recipient families a guarantee medal can be returned, and avoid research time and money being misspent, having medals on Temporary Loan:

  1. Allows a check of all named medals to ensure they are correctly impressed (not re-named originals, duplicates or fakes).
  2. Allows an assessment of the condition of medals, ribbons, suspension bars etc so we can offer restoration advice to recipient families. 
  3. Provides an opportunity to clean and photograph the medals ready for return, and for inclusion in the stories I write of all successfully reunited medals/ephemera.
  4. We publish only the impressed details that appear on the edge or rear of a medal of the medal recipient on our website – never the medals we are actually holding.  The spin-off effect is that it tells medal collectors that a medal they may be looking for to add to a collection, is unavailable and under action to be reunited with the Veteran’s descendant family. 
  5. The publication of impressed details can also deter would-be counterfeiters who might offer replica or fake medal groups to an unsuspecting family.
  6. Temporary Loan enables us to package medals securely in accordance with domestic or international postal, courier, customs and shipping requirements.

Letter of receipt

For each medal owners peace of mind, once a medal is received a personal emailed or posted letter from me will be sent to you within 24 hours.  The Receipt and Temporary Loan letter is an acknowledgement of safe arrival (or not?) and the temporary loan of your items by MRNZ.  It is also your proof of ownership. 

Our research process

When medals or an 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 recipients complete medal entitlement so we can determine if any are missing. 

All medals we receive are then added to the Medals ~ FOUND list below, and to the Auckland War Memorial Museum’s Cenotaph website.  Public access to these names can produce potential claimants to any of the medals listed, or can result in information being provided to us to either locate missing medals, or descendant families.  Both of these references can save us valuable research time by short circuiting potentially lengthy descendant searches. 

Each medal 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. 

If we receive a medal or medals that we subsequently discover should have others with it but they are missing (two or more, called a split group), the name of the recipient and missing medals will be posted on our MEDALS ~ LOST page in the hope a finder or owner will contact us.  If any of the medals are owned by a collector, organisation, or member of the public the recovery of the medals will usually involve ‘buy-back’ – if they are offered for sale?  We will advise you if contacted with any information regarding lost or missing medals.

How long will it take ?

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 medals awarded to New Zealanders first.  Tracing Veteran’s descendants who have left New Zealand, or who were non-NZ domiciled 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 medals 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 medals – 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 also remaining accessible to future family descendants and historians.

‘Unclaimed’ MEDALS

Occasionally we receive requests for help with either finding out whether or not medal entitlements have been claimed by a service person or their families, or for help in obtaining medals not previously claimed.  We can help you with both of these.

Sending MEDALS or Ephemera to MRNZ

From experience we have found NZ Courier Post (track & trace) services to be the most reliable for the safe delivery of medals to our Nelson PO Box.  Please address all envelopes and packages to: M.R.N.Z. ~ PO Box 8034 ~ Nelson Mail Centre ~ Nelson 7042

Anonymous donations – No Questions!

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 other item to our address above and no questions will be asked !

Claiming Medals and Ephemera

We are seeking family/descendants for the medals and ephemera named to the Veterans listed below.  Claimants will be required to provide documentary and photographic proof of identity plus evidence of their ancestral link to the Veteran before any item is handed over. 

NZ Medals ~ Non-NZ Medals ~ Reunited Medals

MEDALS ISSUED BEFORE 1914

 SA-7924TPRJamesMcCONNELL

Boer War – NZMR, 9th Contingent – under reunite action

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

  xxxxxxxxx

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. – under reunite action

 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) – former Matron of Nelson Hospital 1920-37 – under presentation action to Nelson Hospital

 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 Apr 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
 24/2552RFLMJohn JosephPEARSON (DOW – France)

1st Bn, NZ Rifle Bde. – 5th Reinf

 015885PTEThomasMcCONNELL

Royal Army Ordnance Corps (RAOC)

 68335PTE GeorgeBUTLER

2nd Bn, Canterbury Inf. Regt. – 37th Reinf

 21/10

SSGT (later CAPT)

Cecil StuartROBERTSON

NZ Army Pay Department (NZAPD)

 xxxxxxxxxCAPT (Master Mariner)ThomasFAULKNERUK Merchant Marine – Liverpool
      

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 
 ?? PTEM. (maybe Lewis Moss Levy?) 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 

 33396SSGTDeryck ReeveBACH

NZ Regiment – 25 Infantry Battalion, 2NZEF

 13448PTEIan AlexanderBUCHANAN

30th (Mixed) Battalion, 3rd Echelon, 2NZEF

 48395PTEJoan MaryINGLIS

Womens War Service Auxilliary (WWSA), 2NZEF

 

515943

PTEHenry JosephSHORT

NZ Engineers – 4th Works Company (Home Service)

      

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 – May / Jun 2018

LEGEND

(CPL) = Highest rank

CPL / SGT = either rank impressed on medal