Medals ~ FOUND

MEDALS ~ FOUND … LOST ~ TRAILS 

Are you able to 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 research.  If you recognise a name on the list and are able to put us in contact with the family, a relative or an acquaintance who may be able to help connect us, please contact us on 027-940-4495 or send an email to [email protected]or send the details on our Contact Form 

Reuniting medals

I am often asked by those who have a war medal (or item of ephemera) and would like it returned to the veteran’s family, be it a random discovery or has been owned for many years, whether I can find the owner, or the veteran’s family or near descendant, to return it to.  The answer is always YES we can.  I am happy to accept every request as long as I can guarantee that whatever we research, we can return once the owner or a descendant is found. Past experience in this has been a harsh teacher. 

When MRNZ was started in May 2014 I undertook a couple of cases to trace descendant families purely on trust, i.e. I trusted the person making the request would make the medals available for handover once I had found an owner or family to return them to.  Having found and informed the families concerned, in both cases the medal owners failed to make the medals available for handover, one refusing to send the medals either to me or direct to the family concerned, and the other vanished remaining uncontactable.  Needless to say I had a lot of explaining to do to the families concerned.  This sort of situation can leave families angry and confused, and can cause considerable embarrassment and harm to our reputation.  As a result, I ceased any future research on trust alone (unless by special arrangement) and implemented a policy of Temporary Loan that requires any medal or item of ephemera offered for return to be sent to MRNZ before the research is undertaken.   

Your trust is requested

Forwarding medals or ephemera to MRNZ demonstrates commitment on the part of the donor to return medals (or ephemera).  It also guarantees I can actually deliver the items once a family or descendant is located.  Accordingly, in this process I request your trust by permitting us to hold your donated medals or ephemera on a Temporary Loan (see more below) before we start the research.  All medals etc that we hold are secured in a fireproof safe.

This policy is applied universally to every person or organisation who wishes to engage our FREE service.  Typically, these are members of the public, the Defence Force, NZRSA or Australian RSL, Police, Fire and Emergency services, public service organisations, charity shops, service clubs and so on.  Thus far, none have been unwilling to agree to our request.

Do you have a medal you would like returned to 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 / close descendant, be they in New Zealand or abroad, with whom we can reunite your medals. 

Essentially you have TWO options:

  1. LIST (you retain medals) – We will list a medal(s) on this website on your behalf for FREE provided you furnish us with photographs of both sides and the Veteran’s name on all medals.  It is then up to you to find the descendant family.  The listing will be removed after six months if you do not have a result by then.
  2. RESEARCH & REUNITE (send medals to MRNZ) – Your trust is requested in sending the medal(s) to MRNZ which we will retain on Temporary Loan (see below) while descendant research is undertaken.  We will also pay all shipping and insurance costs to reunite medals with kin anywhere in the world.  

Receipt & Temporary Loan

Once a medal(s) or item of ephemera is received by MRNZ, a personal letter of Receipt and Temporary Loan from me will be emailed (or posted if no email) to you within 48 hours.  This letter is your proof that we acknowledge you are the owner.  The letter will also outline the our process for research and reuniting medals, dependant upon the outcome of the search.   

Apart from being your proof of ownership, the letter is also your confirmation that we take the responsibility for the safe custody of any medal or item of ephemera you send.  They will be handled with due care and kept secure in a locked safe.   

Temporary Loan  

What is Temporary Loan?  Medals held on Temporary Loan simply means your medals will be held securely by us only for the duration of the research (this can be from a matter of days to several years, depending on the research required and availability of information).  If the search is successful, the medals will reunited in one of three ways: handed over personally by MRNZ; handed over by you which we will arrange (only if you wish and if practicable), or the items will be packaged and  couriered to the descendant with a letter of explanation.  

Why Temporary Loan?   This allows us:

  • to check all medals to ensure they are genuine, and correctly impressed (named; not re-named originals, duplicates or fakes).
  • to assess the condition of the medals, ribbons, suspension bars, brooch etc so that we can offer restoration advice to the recipient/family. 
  • to have an opportunity to clean, and photograph, the medal(s)/ephemera before their return.  The photographs will feature in the story I write for every successfully reunited medal or item of ephemera.
  • to publish only the impressed details that appear on the edge or rear of a medal.  Medals~FOUND lists only these details,  never the actual medals that we are holding.  The spin-off effect of this is that it lets serious medal collectors know that we have a named medal(s) which is now unavailable should they be seeking to complete a medal group named to that particular soldier/sailor/airman.  This can lead to the holder offering the remaining medals for BUY-BACK or re-sale.  
  • to present a deterrent to would-be counterfeiters who might plan to offer replica or fake medals to an unsuspecting descendant family.  The publication of impressed details potentially rules out using the names of any of those listed as FOUND on our site, and
  • to package medals securely in accordance with domestic or international postal, courier, customs, insurance and shipping requirements.

You remain the owner.  Ownership of the medals/ephemera remains yours at all times until handed over to the    family/descendant, or returned to you.  If after the research is complete and a family/descendant cannot be located, I will contact you personally to discuss the future of the items.  They may be returned to you if you so wish, or alternatively we can offer suggestions for their perpetual care. 

Security.  Any medal entrusted to MRNZ is secured in a fireproof safe.

Not “For Sale”.  No medal or item of ephemera entrusted to MRNZ’s care will ever be sold or otherwise disposed of without your authority (see also Medals that cannot be reunited below).  

Medal 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 listing below, as well as 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~MISSING 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

How long is a piece of string?  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, Air Force 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.

Entitlements & Unclaimed medals

From time to time we receive requests for help with finding out the medal entitlement of a particular person, or whether or not the medals have been issued, to the recipient or to another family member.  We can help with both of these but only to the extent that we do not breach the Privacy Act.  Generally, if the recipient is still living we are bound by the Act.  

Note: there are still a number of WW1 ANZAC (Gallipoli) Commemorative Medallions (1967), and many more WW2 campaign medals that remain unclaimed – check with your family to ensure your Veteran has received all they were entitled to!  A number of medals have been instituted since 2002 for whom those who served after 03 September 1945 may be eligible – ask us about these.

Sending medals to MRNZ

From experience we have found NZ Courier Post (track & trace) service to be the most reliable for the safe delivery of medals or any other item 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 medal donations – No Questions Asked!

If you have a medal or item of ephemera you would like returned to its owner, you are welcome to send them to MRNZ anonymously.  Simply put in a post bag and mail to our PO Box in Nelson.

Medals offered by collectors for Buy-Back

MRNZ has a confidential list of 400+ medals (not published on this website) awarded to New Zealanders (mainly WW1) including NZ Land Wars, NZ Militia & Permanent Forces, South Africa-Boer War, WW1 Gallantry, WW1 Service medals, ANZAC (Gallipoli) Commemorative Medallions & Lapel Badges, and Memorial (‘Death’) Plaques.

These medals were legally acquired in NZ and internationally by collectors who have since offered those surplus to their own collection requirements, to families/near descendants** ONLY for purchase on a BUY-BACK basis.  Prices are negotiable and swaps may be considered by a Seller.  Whilst MRNZ has offered to facilitate these transactions, it is to be clearly understood that we do not derive any payment of any kind as it would compromise our “100% not-for-profit and FREE” status.  We will act purely as an agent to obtain Buyer proof of identity, to act as the ‘post office’ for the money transfer from Buyer to Seller, and to act as the scrutineer of medal authenticity, impressed detail and medal condition, for the Buyer’s protection.  These checks will be made before any money changes hands between Buyer and Seller. 

Any medals that are offered to MRNZ for a specific family/descendant to BUY-BACK will also be subject to the same process.  

Note:  ** All medal Claimants will be required to prove their “family/near descendant” relationship to the named veteran, to the satisfaction of MRNZ.

Claiming Medals or Ephemera

All medal or ephemera Claimants will be required to provide documentary evidence and photographic proof of identity, including a sketch/printout of their ancestral link (family tree) to the person named on any medal before it is returned.  Medals will generally be couriered (at our expense) to your home address unless alternate arrangements are made.  

Claimant Proof of Identity

Email or post a clear, photographic copy of :

  • One of the following – Claimant’s Passport (both pages that contain your details and photograph only) or, a current Driver’s Licence.
  • One of the following – Claimant’s Birth Certificate, or Marriage Certificate. 
  • Sketch or Printout of that part of your Family Tree that clearly shows YOU and your PARENTS relationship to the person named on the medals you are claiming.

We would be delighted to see ALL of the following medals claimed by descendant families.

NZ Medals ~ Reunited Medals ~ Under Reunite Action ~ Non-NZ Medals

MEDALS ISSUED BEFORE <1914  

SA-7924

TPR – PTE

James

McCONNELL

Boer War – NZMR, 9th Contingent 

SA-2603

TPR – PTE

John Henry

HARWOOD

Boer War – NZMR, 5th Contingent 

SA-1282 

SA-5033

TPR – PTE

CPL

John 

Jack

HILL (birth name was John Thomas TIMPSON)

Boer War – NZMR, 4th (RR) and 8th Contingents – reunited Mar 2019

SA-681

TPR – PTE (CPL)

Carl Clarendon

ROBERTS

Boer War – NZMR, 3rd (Rough Riders) Contingent

34356PTEWilliamSOUTHON * see below WW1-UK for son

Boer War – UK, 53rd Company, Imperial Yeomanry – under reunite action for 2021, TBC.

     

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

42378

RFLM

Emanuel

NEWTON

NZ Rifle Bde, NZEF – 26 Reinfs

12/3783

L/CPL

William

PICKERING 

Auckland Inf. Regt, NZEF – 9th Reinfs 

37562

SPR

Charles Neville 

COLLINS

NZ Engineers, Tunnelling Company, NZEF – 4th Reinfs

37725

SPR

John Joseph

O’DONNELL

NZ Engineers, Tunnelling Company, NZEF – 5th Reinfs – reunited Aug 2018

29471

RFLM

Lawrence George

PERRY

NZ Rifle Bde, NZEF – 12 Reinfs

42842

L/CPL

Alfred Dollery

LAMB *

Otago Inf. Regt, NZEF –  24 Reinfs

74790

PTE

William

LAMB *

Otago Inf. Regt, NZEF – 38 Reinfs

23/1184

RFLM (SJT)

John Robert 

SINCLAIR

1/NZ Rifle Brigade,  NZEF 

6/1260

PTE 

Thomas  

CHARLTON

Canterbury Inf. Bn, NZEF – 2nd Reinfs 

36402

RFLM

Leonard Harold

BROWN 

Auckland Inf. Regt, NZEF – 21 Reinfs

8/293

PTE

Frederick

SMITH

Otago Infantry Bn, NZEF – Main Body – reunited Mar 2018

9/686

DVR

George

CATHCART

Otago Mounted Rifles, NZEF – 2nd Reinfs + NZ Field Artillery

34524

RFLM

Arthur Douglas

BAILLIE

NZ Rifle Bde, NZEF – 20th Reinfs

6/1452

PTE

Richard James 

ATKINSON

Canterbury Inf. Bn, NZEF – 3rd Reinfs

10075 

SJT 

James Harold Russell

HUNTER 

Canterbury Inf. Regt, NZEF – 11 Reinfs 

36369 

RFLM 

Daniel 

SLOAN 

Canterbury Inf. Battalion, NZEF – 26th Reinfs – reunited to Melbourne, Australia Mar 2018

41198B 

SPR 

George Roach

BARTLETT 

Otago Inf. Bn. / 1 Div NZ Field Engineers, NZEF – 2nd Reinfs 

21973 

PTE 

John 

CAMPBELL 

Otago Inf. Bn, NZEF – 16 Reinfs

M2654

ERA.4 (Engine Room Asst.)

Richard Douglas

CONWAY

Royal Navy (RN)

172465

DVR

John Weir

GILMOUR

UK – Royal Field Artillery (RFA) 

73359

PTE

Angus

McLEAN born GALBRAITH

Wellington Inf. Bn, NZEF – 37 Reinfs reunited to Isle of Barra, Outer Hebrides, Invernesshire,  Scotland May 2019  

18449

PTE

Alexander

SMITH

UK – 10th (Service) Battalion, Highland Light Infantry Regiment (HLI Regt)

203382

AB

William George

WEATHERSPOON

Royal Navy (RN)

11/1663

FARR.CPL

Richard

BOWEN

Wellington Mtd Rifles, NZEF – 7th Reinfs – reunited Aug 2019

52940

GNR

Joseph William

BOWER

NZ Field Artillery, NZEF – 28 Reinfs

12/3226

SJT.MAJ (LT)

Clinton Roland

GRIBBEN

Auckland Inf. Bn, NZEF – 7th Reinfs – reunited Dec 2019

59946

PTE

John Albert

McDONALD

Wellington Inf. Regt, NZEF – 30 Reinfs

30475 

S/SGT (LT) 

Edmund Grieves 

FERRIDAY 

NZ Field Artillery, NZEF – 22 Reinfs

4/577

SPR 

Clifford Sydney 

SIMMONS 

NZ Field Engineers, NZEF – Main Body

29238 

PTE 

William Henry

JONES

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

3918 

SJT

William 

PRATT

UK – Middlesex Regiment, BEF 

9/32 

L/CPL 

Frank Mark 

DOOLEY 

Otago Mounted Rifles, NZEF – Main Body

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ENGR 

James Fletcher 

DICKSON 

Merchant Navy (MN) – buried Karori, Wellington

75386

PTE

Edward Charles

KING

Otago Infantry Regt, Reserve Battalion, NZEF – 39 Reinfs

26/1667 

L/CPL 

Hedley Frederick Christian

NAGEL 

NZ Rifle Bde, NZEF – 2nd Reinfs 

T-30477;  T-2698; 12332   

DVR

Harry 

CONWAY 

UK – Army Service Corps (ASC) 

10/2019

PTE 

Myles

WALSH

Wellington Inf. Regt, NZEF – 4th Reinfs (formerly the Royal Dublin Fusiliers: BOER WAR)

22980

RFLM

John Thomas

HARRIS

3/NZRB, NZEF – 4th Reinfs

62003

RFLM

Alfred Nobel

BROWN

G Coy, NZ Rifle Brigade, NZEF – Bde Reinfs

49233

RFLM

Patrick Cecil

DALY

J Coy, NZ Rifle Brigade, NZEF – Bde Reinfs

50203

BDR

Percy Herbert

FOWLER

NZ Field Artillery, NZEF – 28 Reinfs

6/1308  &  2/1308a

DVR

Thomas 

HARRIS

Canterbury Inf. Regt, NZEF – 2nd Reinfs – reunited May 2019

 57049

SJT

Sidney Gordon

DOIG

F Coy, 2/NZRB, NZEF – 29 Reinfs

23/1676

CPL

James

HOLST

NZ Rifle Bde, NZEF – 3rd Reinfs – reunited Apr 2019

8/3648

PTE

James

JOYCE

Otago Inf. Regt, NZEF – 9th Reinfs

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R.N. CHAP.N (Chaplain)

Arundel John Edward

MacSWINEY R.N. -born SWINEY of Cheltenham, Eng

Royal Navy (RN), HMS SANDHURST – lived in Onehunga and buried Hillsborough, Auckland

58422

RFLM

Albert Edward

DENHAM

NZ Rifle Bde, NZEF – 36th Reinfs – reunited Apr 2019

19137

PTE

James Alfred George

FLOWER

Auckland Inf. Regt, NZEF – 15 Reinfs

9/594

TPR

William Robert

STANLEY

Otago Mounted Rifles, NZEF – Main Body – under reunite action Jun 2020

6/513

PTE

James

McCONNELL

Canterbury Infantry  Regt, NZEF – Main Body

Refer Boer War above

8/2896

CPL

Francis William

DESMOND

Otago Inf. Regt, NZEF – 7th Reinfs

8/243

CPL (WO2 & CSM)

George

MECHEN

Otago Inf. Regt., NZEF – Main Body

40433

PTE

Percy

BURTON

Specialist Company, MG Section – NZ Machine Gun Corps (NZMGC), NZEF – 24 Reinfs

26/812

CPL

James Travers

HURLEY

NZ Entrenching Battalion, 4th NZ Rifle Bde – NZEF 

9/1203

PTE – DVR

James

McKEOWN

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

6/2731

CPL

Charles

RANDALL *

1/Canterbury Inf. Battalion, NZEF – 6th Reinfs – reunited Nov 2018

61151

PTE

John

RANDALL *

NZ Entrenching Bn, Canterbury Inf. Regt, NZEF – 31 Reinfs – reunited Nov 2018

56764

RFLM

Charles Henry

GARTNER

NZ Rifle Brigade Reinfs, NZEF – reunited Jul 2018; the second medal was reunited in Jan 2019

2/555

GNR

John 

O’BRIEN

NZ Field Artillery, NZEF – Main Body

29235

PTE

Maurice Clifton

DRUMMOND

Canterbury Inf. Bn, NZEF – 18 Reinfs – reunited Mar 2018

5/194

PTE

James

LOVELL

Samoan Advance Party, NZEF – NZ Army Service Corps (NZASC)

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SISTER

Nance

McKAY, ARRC

UK – Queen Alexandra’s Royal Navy Nursing Service (QARNNS) – BEF, France

2.R-B.28

SISTER 

Sylvia Daisy (born Daisy Sylvia)

BROWN

UK – Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve (QAIMNSR), BAF – WW1 England & France; Matron of Nelson Hospital 1920/37 – reunited Aug 2018

16/570A

PTE (L/CPL)

James

CLUNE

NZ (Maori) Pioneer Battalion, NZEF, 2nd Contingent – reunited Aug 2018

6/4594

PTE

Samuel

CHASE

Canterbury Infantry Bn, NZEF – 2nd Reinfs – reunited Apr 2018

760651

PTE

Henry Joseph

SHORT – Australian from Kalgoorlie – died in Auckland

A.I.F. (med. disch); 3rd Pioneer Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) – France

T-33677 & 28591

DVR

Archibald Newell

STANDRING

UK – Army Service Corps (ASC); 2/5 Kings Own Royal Lancashire Regt. (2/5 KOR LANCS Regt) – reunited to Prestatyn Wales, Aug 2018

9/1106

CPL

Alexander Pollock

SCOTT

NZ Machine Gun Corps (NZ MGC), NZEF – 5th Reinfs

226416

PTE

Richard Anthony

WILLIAMS

102 Canadian Infantry Battalion, (102 CIB) – CEF

33202

SPR – DVR

William John

NEILL

NZ Field Engineers, NZEF – 22 Reinfs

3/389

SJT

James Leodamus

CALDER

1/2nd NZ Field Ambulance, OIR, NZEF – 2nd Reinfs

81281

PTE

Frederick Everard

NEEDHAM

NZ Rifle Bde, NZEF – 41 Reinfs – reunited Sep 2018

24/2552

RFLM

John Joseph

PEARSON

1/NZ Rifle Bde, NZEF – 5th Reinfs –

also refer EPHEMERA below

015885

PTE

Thomas

McCONNELL

UK – Royal Army Ordnance Corps (RAOC) – BEF

68335

PTE 

George

BUTLER

2/Canterbury Inf. Regt, NZEF – 37 Reinfs

21/10

S/SJT (CAPT)

Cecil Stuart

ROBERTSON

NZ Army Pay Department (NZAPD)

xxxxxxxxxx

MSTR MARINER (CAPT)

Thomas

FAULKNER

Merchant Navy – ex-LIVERPOOL & WHITBY – reunited to Tamworth, Staffordshire ENG, Sep 2018

46507

PTE

John Lisle 

WINTER

2/Canterbury Infantry Regt, NZEF – 24 Reinfs

14433

PTE

Harry

IRWIN

1/Auckland Infantry Regt, NZEF – 14 Reinfs

8/834

PTE

Herbert Billingsley George

LEWIS

Otago Infantry Battalion, NZEF – Main Body

71106 

RFLM

John Samson 

FLEMING

2/3rd NZ Rifle Bde, NZEF – 37 Reinfs

L-6290

OSTWD (OS)

George Alfred 

HARRIS

Royal Navy (R.N.) – HMS PEMBROKE, DIDO, DIDI, VICTORY 1 – BEF

10/1741

PTE

Henry Raymond

BEVAN 

Wellington Infantry Bn, NZEF – 4th Reinfs – reunited Nov 2018

6/4056

PTE

Peter Alexander

HASLOCH 

1st Canturbury Infantry Bn, NZEF – 4th Reinfs

 41846

PTE

Joseph Patrick 

McANALLY 

Wellington Infantry Regt, NZEF – 23 Reinfs

19953

PTE

Aubrey

WILLS

Samoan Relief Force, NZEF – 2nd Reinfs

34843

SJT

Harold Robert  

GUNN – bro-in-law of STORRIE, below

Otago Infantry Battalion, NZEF – 20 Reinfs

12/3840

SJT

Robert

STORRIE – bro-in-law of GUNN, above

2/Canterbury Infantry Battalion, NZEF – 9th Reinfs

68615

PTE

Francis Clement

MAY 

2/Auckland Infantry Battalion, NZEF – 33 Reinfs

92003

PTE

George

BIGG-WITHER

Samoan Relief Force – Reinfs, 30 Oct 1918, SS Talune – Commissioner of Samoa 1924.

24/2048

PTE

John 

McDONALD 

2/Wellington Infantry Regt, NZEF – 10 Reinfs

290202

PTE

Stanley 

RICHARDS – resident of Mangakino

UK – 7th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers – BEF

73913

TPR

David Muir

BARCLAY

NZ Mounted Rifles, NZEF – 40 Reinfs

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LT (CAPT, Mercantile Marine)

Charles Frederick  

HORNE, OBE, (mid) – R.N.R. 

Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) – Auxiliary Patrol Boats, Orkney & Shetland Islands.  Awarded OBE, 01 Jan 1919 – reunited Aug 2019

65936

CPL (SGT)

Laurence Frederick 

BLOMFIELD 

1/Auckland Infantry Regt, NZEF – 38 Reinfs – reunited May 2019

60522

PTE

William 

RANNIE

Native Contingent, NZ Maori (Pioneer) Battalion, NZEF – 26 Maori Reinfs – reunite Jun 2020

39800 

PTE  

Norman 

GRIFFITHS 

Fm WGTN RSA: 1/Wellington Infantry Regt, NZEF – 23 Reinfs  

Former President Wgtn RSA 1960-62

17/231

TPR – GNR

William Thomas

AYRE *

Fm WGTN RSA: NZ Veterinary Corps, NZEF – 2nd Reinfs

30159

PTE

Joseph

AYRE *

Fm WGTN RSA: 2Bn, NZ Rifle Bde, NZEF – 14 Reinfs

53144

PTE

John

CHAMBERS

Fm WGTN RSA: 1/Otago Infantry Regt, NZEF – 27 Reinfs

40004

SGT

George Frederick

HOLLOWAY

Fm WGTN RSA: 1/Otago Infantry Regt, NZEF – 23 Reinfs.  Former Musical Director of ‘Tin Hat’ Club

55310

PTE

William George

HENLEY

Fm WGTN RSA: 1/Wellington Infantry Regt, NZEF – 33 Reinfs

71227

PTE

Richard Faulkner 

JACKSON

Fm WGTN RSA: 1/Wellington Infantry Regt, NZEF – 34 Reinfs

24/2237

RFLM

Thomas

LANE

Fm WGTN RSA: 2Bn, NZ Rifle Bde, NZEF – 2nd Reinfs

59467

PTE

William John

SHOTTER

Fm WGTN RSA: 1/Wellington Infantry Regt, NZEF – 29 Reinfs

47648

PTE

Robert

SUTHERLAND

Fm WGTN RSA: 1/Wellington Infantry Regt, NZEF – 25 Reinfs

19165

PTE

Henry

SUTHERLAND, MM

Fm WGTN RSA: 1/Auckland Infantry Regt, NZEF – 15 Reinfs – reunited Sep 2019

55268

RFLM

Frederick Victor

WESTBROOK

Fm WGTN RSA: 2Bn, NZ Rifle Bde, NZEF – 28 Reinfs – reunited Feb 2020

T4-057520, S/19306, 56265 

DVR – PTE 

Alexander 

KENNEDY 

Fm WGTN RSA: UK – Army Service Corps (ASC) – London Regiment (14th)

86350

PTE

John

PAUL

Fm WGTN RSA: UK – Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) – BEF

32041

GNR

Ernest

COULBY

Fm WGTN RSA: UK – 2nd Brigade – Royal Field Artillery (RFA) & Royal Artillery (RA) – BEF

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STWD

Henry

ROSS

Fm WGTN RSA: UK – Merchant Marine Service – RMS Lusitania – under reunite action 2020

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MATE

Joseph (Aust) or John (UK)

KNOX

Fm WGTN RSA: UK – Mercantile Fleet Auxiliary (MFA)

51597

PTE

George S.

WILKINS

Fm WGTN RSA: UK – Worcestershire Regiment – BEF

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HON.LT (BNDMSTR)

Thomas Harold

HUGHES 

Nelson, Marlborough & West Coast, Canterbury Regiment, Garrison Band reunited Sep 2019

6/3333

PTE 

Leonard Llewelyn

GRANT

1/Canterbury Infantry Regt, NZEF – 8th Reinfs – reunited Sep 2019

2/195

GNR 

John Nathanial 

MARCH

NZ Field Artillery, NZEF – Main Body

9/11426

 L/CPL (WO2)

William Albert Dunstan

GODFREY

WW1: Otago Mtd. Rifles, NZEF – 7th Reinfs; WW2: Home Service

52676  &  127556

RFLM (WO2)

Jack Dimick

INGLIS

WW1 : 2/NZ Rifle Brigade, NZEF – 27 Reinfs; WW2:  NZ Army Engineers – Pacific, Tonga (‘T’ Force) & NZ Home Service

45879

PTE

John George

McMILLAN

Wellington Infantry Regt, NZEF – 25 Reinfs

13/2251

CPL

Douglas Gordon

SPENCE

Auckland Mtd. Rifles (NZ Provost Corps), NZEF – 6th Reinfs

13569SPR (L/CPL)Donald ArthurMACKAY

NZ Engineers (NZE) – Divisional Signals Company, NZEF – 13 Reinfs

15/65PTEReginald McCAULEY

WIB – Main Body & WIR, NZEF – 22 Reinfs – reunited Feb 2020

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CAPT

Arthur Harold

FORBES ** (mid) – see  WW2 (son)

UK – Army Service Corps (ASC), BEF – reunited Feb 2020

70896PTEEdgar WILLIAMS

2/Canterbury Infantry Bn, NZEF – 36 Reinfs

226785GNRWilliam King

SOUTHON *  (Christchurch resident, died 2007)

Royal Artillery (RA) – see Boer War above for father – under reunite action for 2021, TBC

2/1424A  &  1o/1424PTEJohn Martin BROWN

Fm LEVIN RSA: Wellington Infantry Bn, NZEF – 3rd Reinfs

10/1421PTEGeorge AllanBOWKER

Fm LEVIN RSA: Wellington Infantry Bn, NZEF – 3rd Reinfs

1/45 &  24/1258

RFLM – PTEJack (John Thomas)DON

Fm LEVIN RSA: Samoa Advance Force;  2/NZ Rifle Bde – NZ Machine-gun Corps (NZMGC), NZEF 

11/1447TPRHerbert MichaelINKSTER

Fm LEVIN RSA: Wellington Mtd Rifles, NZEF – 6th Reinfs

7/788TPRArchibald STEWART

Fm LEVIN RSA: Canterbury Mtd Rifles, NZEF – 2nd Reinfs

57538TPR – RFLMSydenham Charles ChapmanWATSON

Fm LEVIN RSA: Otago Mtd Rifles – H Coy, NZ Rifle Bde, NZEF – 30 Reinfs

11/180CPLJohn WilliamYOUNG

Fm LEVIN RSA: Wellington Mtd Rifles, NZEF – Main Body

35251GNRCharles William StanleyCRABB

NZ Field Artillery, NZEF – 22 Reinfs

L-11558PTE

Gray Allen Thomas

VEAL

UK – 4th Battalion, (Duke of Cambridge’s Own) Middlesex Regiment

1613  & WR/194528PTE – SPRStephen OllivierMESNY (also MESNEY) – fm Guernsey, Channel Islands

UK – Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC); Royal Engineers (RE) – Railway Transport Depot

25/654RFLMRobertLOAN

Otago Inf. Bn; 3/3 NZ Rifle Bde, NZEF – Main Body

32134L/CPLRichard WilliamCHAPPELL

2/Otago Inf Regt; 2/NZRB, NZEF – 19 Reinfs – reunited March 2020

34413CPLGeorge PuhiNICHOLAS

Auckland Inf. Regt, NZEF – 20 Reinfs.  Transferred to NZ (Maori) Pioneer Battalion

32131PTE (L/CPL)Patrick JosephCARROLL

Otago Infantry Regiment, NZEF – 19 Reinforcements. Transferred to NZ Army Pay Service (NZAPC), London Post Office; HQ NZEF Records, Trentham 

26/404RFLM – PTEWilliam AlfredHUTTON

3/3 NZ Rifle Brigade, NZEF – Main Body – reunited to Australia Feb 2020

27015PTEJoe Willie (Joseph William?)HORSFALL

2/Canterbury Inf Regt, NZEF – 13 Reinfs 

EV-1915SOLDAT 1.eme (Fantassin)CharlesZIMMERMAN, CdeG – relative of Forbes, WW1 and WW2

LM 103, St. Etienne – French Army reunited with Forbes medals (relative), Feb 2020

28994RFLM Claude David  ELVY

1/Canterbury Inf Regt, NZEF – 19 Reinfs – reunited Feb 2020 

24/2022RFLMDerwentLEE

4/2nd NZ Rifle Brigade, NZEF – 10 Reinfs

65171L/CPL Alexander FINLAYSON

1/Auckland Inf Regt, NZEF – 33 Reinfs

36325PTEConway Richard Charles FERGUSON

2/Canterbury Inf Regt, NZEF – 24 Reinfs

23/11MAJ Charles KimbellGASQUOINE

Fm: NELSON RSA: Samoan Advance Force + 1/AIB, NZEF – Main Body – reunited Jun 2020

12/189PTEArnaud Henry McKELLAR

Fm: NELSON RSA: 1/AIB, NZEF – Main Body

72055RFLM/PTELawrence NathanielCUMING

Fm NELSON RSA: A Coy, NZ Rifle Bde, NZEF – 37 Reinfs

45776RFLMMurdoch LochbuieMcINNES

Fm NELSON RSA: 3/NZ Rifle Bde, NZEF – 24 Reinfs

2/23oGNRNewtonMcCONOCHIE

Fm NELSON RSA: NZ Field Artillery, NZEF – Main Body  

12548GNR William Frederick Charles JOHNSON (see same name WW2 NZ, below)

Fm NELSON RSA: UK – Royal Garrison Artillery (RGA) – Egypt 

20762PTE Pera (Aperema)HAUTAPU (aka  PUHIPUHI)

NZ (Maori) Pioneer Battalion, NZEF – 17 Reinfs

59253SJT (WO2) Allan Rishworth BATES

Specialist Coy, NZ Machine- Gun Corps (NZMGC), NZEF – 33 Reinfs

18586TPR Frederick John  ROLFE

Auckland Mounted Rifles, Specialist MG Section, NZEF – 15 Reinfs – reunited July 2020

38433RFLMWilliam McDonaldMcQUEEN

Auckland Inf Regt, 4th Bn, 3/NZRB, NZEF – 22 Reinfs – reunited July 2020

54835 PTEGeorge Albert  CHAPPELL

E Company, NZ Rifle Brigade, NZEF – 28 Reinfs

43751PTE  Joah (Joe)CHAMBERS

UK – South  Staffordshire Regiment (S.STAFF.R)

23/240RFLMAlbert AlexanderNICHOLSON

1/3rd NZ Rifle Brigade, NZEF – 2nd Reinfs

180469PTEGeorge JosephGIBBS

88th Battalion & 7th  Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF)

     

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

61482

GNR

Douglas Haig

MILNE 

2nd NZ Divisional Artillery, 2NZEF 

24033 

PTE 

Robert 

GOODING 

24 (NZ) Battalion, 2NZEF 

12324 

L/CPL 

Gordon Lance 

McKINNON

26 (NZ) Battalion, 2NZEF 

64502

PTE

M. – maybe Lewis Moss Levy? 

LEVY

30 (Mixed) Battalion, 2NZEF – “TOBRUK SIEGE – 1941”  Commemorative ‘T’ medal 

P/JX 651330

WO ORD.  (LT-Ord Engr  Off)

Charles Henry 

KING R.N. 

Royal Navy (RN), 1938-1958

22422

GNR

Peter Standish

SAVILLE ex-UK, may be known as Savill, Sevell, Savil?

5 Field Regt, 2nd NZ Divisional Artillery, 2NZEF

481553

CPL

Robert William

ROGERS

Infantry Reinfs – NZ Provost Corps (NZPRO), 2NZEF – reunited Nov 2017

NZ 401396 

PLT.OFF

Royal George

LINDSAY

RNZAF – 104 SQN, RAF, Canada – reunited May 2019

NZ 41924

FLT.LT

Leonard

MEXTED

RNZAF – 353 SQN, RAF, India

515226

PTE

Bernard Cecil

WIDDON

NZ Medical Corps (NZMC), 2NZEF – Hospital Ship “Mangaunui” – reunited to Wollongong Australia, Oct 2017

20663 

GNR

Thomas Walter

TAYLOR 

NZ Artillery, 22 (NZ – Wellington) Battalion, 2NZEF 

33396

S/SGT

Deryck Reeve

BACH

NZ Regiment – 25 (NZ) Battalion, 2NZEF – reunited Apr 2019

13448

PTE

Ian Alexander

BUCHANAN

30 (NZ – Mixed) Battalion, 3rd Echelon, 2NZEF 

515943

PTE

Henry Joseph

SHORT

NZ Engineers – 4th Works Company, NZ Home Service

7619

WO1

Thomas Edward Lionel

KELLY

HQ, 27 (NZ) Machine-gun Battalion, (NZMGB), 2NZEF

40320

WO2

Horace Hector

GIBSON

2nd NZ Divisional Signals, 2NZEF

61801

L/BDR

William Keith

ANDREWS

4 Field Regt, NZ Artillery Reinforcements, 2NZEF

5943

LT

Roderick Buchanan

FELL

22 (NZ) Battalion, 2nd Echelon, 2NZEF

NZ 405322

SGT (Pilot)

Harry Gervase 

ROUGHTON

Fm NELSON RSA: RNZAF – No. 19 Operational Training Unit, RAF Kinloss and Forres (ka as Balnageith) Scotland

3318 

TPR – PTE 

William Henry 

THOMPSON (NZer)

Imperial Camel Corps (I.C.C.) –  Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.)

822513 

CPL 

Isabelle Jenette

ELLIS 

NZ Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (NZWAAC), Home Service – reunited Aug 2019

?LAC (RADOP)John Graham

FORBES ** – see above UK-WW1 for father

UK – Royal Air Force – reunited Feb 2020

21808SPR – L/CPLRoy EdwardMARTIN

7th Field Company, NZE – after POW release, NZ Provost Company, 2NZEF

236481CAPT (MAJ)William Frederick CharlesJOHNSON  (see same in WW1, RGA above)

Fm NELSON RSA: NZ Army Service Corps (ASC), 3rd Division (In Pacific), 2NZEF

103449ACWFreda EileenJOHNSON (wife of above – buried in Nelson)

Fm NELSON RSA:  Womens’ Australian Auxilary Air Force (WAAAF),  RAAF Pearce, Western Australia

618033PTEIvan ArthurSMITH

Fm NELSON RSA: NZ Infantry Brigade, 2NZEF

     

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

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PRISON.OFFR

Edward Wahanui

SIMON

Former NZ Prison Officer (deceased)

M-1119546

CH. TECH 

D.

REES

Royal Air Force (RAF)

K 19559

PO-WEF

Lloyd Jeffery

CRON

RNZ Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNZNVR)

340572

PTE

Alfred Henry

RETIMANA

1st Battalion, NZ  Regiment (Malaya) – reunited July 2018

40399

PTE

Percival Raymond

SIMEON

1st Battalion, RNZIR (Borneo) – reunited Apr 2019 to Perth, Australia

206511

SIGMN

Kenneth Hutcheson

McCULLOCH

NZ Contingent Kayforce (K-Force), Korea

787536

PTE

David Malcolm Frank

LINES

National Service 1965 – reunited Apr 2019

473087

PTE

James Peter

MARTIN

1st Battalion, RNZIR (Borneo)

16782

WMEM

Donald Neil

REED

RNZN – HMNZS Canterbury, (1965-1990) under reunite action to Australia Apr 2020

73099 (RNZAF);  543082 (RAF)

CPLReginald Edward GregoryJAMES

RAF (1937-49) & RNZAF (1949-60) – 14 SQN (Malaya), 42 SQN, PTSU – RNZAF Wigram, Ohakea, Whenuapai

36363SGTPeter DesmondORCHARD

REME – UK & British Army of the Rhine (BAOR) Germany; RNZEME – Waiouru Wkshops, Inf Bde Wkshops, Papakura – reunited Mar 2020

61490LACHilton WarrenBEHAR

RAAF – No.2 Aircraft Depot, RAAF Base Richmond, NSW – reunited Mar 2020

270615 & 431447

PTE – ACRobert BenjaminGRAINGER

Australian Army – National Service; RAAF South Australia – reunited Mar 2020

     

EPHEMERA 

12028

SPR

James

FOSTER

NZ Field Engineers – 1st Field Company, NZEF – 12 Reinfs

6/3889

LT

James Barr

STRUTHERS

Otago/Canterbury Inf Regt, NZEF – 9th Reinfs – gifted to National Army Museum, Jan 2020.

NZ 391726 & 70575

SGT (W/O)

Ronald Bert

MARTIN

RNZAF Stations Fairhall & Woodbourne – Physical Education Instructor to Canada, Jan-Aug 1942.  Donated to historic aviation collection, Fairhall.

49657

PTE

Frederick (Fred) Newman

STANTON

Canterbury Inf. Regt, NZEF – 27 Reinfs

NZ 7380

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SILVER WAR BADGE 

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

48395

PTE

Joan Mary

INGLIS

NZ Women’s War Service Auxiliary (NZWWSA), 2NZEF – reunited Oct 2019

80641

TPR

Robert George

HAMILTON

4th NZ Armoured Brigade, 2NZEF

596632

PTE

Lawrence Thomas

HODGSON

NZ Infantry Brigade Reinforcements, 2NZEF

24/2552

RFLM

John Joseph 

PEARSON

1st Bn, NZ Rifle Bde – 5th Reinfs, NZEF – also refer WW1 above

6/3172

SJT

Herbert Alfred

STRAWBRIDGE

1st Bn, Canterbury Infantry  Regt – 7th Reinfs, NZEF – Special Duty with “DUNSTER FORCE”

618499

PTE

Robert Kevin

HOWAT

2nd NZ Division, Infantry Reinforcements, 2NZEF

25/1723

RFLM

Peter 

FERGUSON

3rd Bn/3rd NZ Rifle Brigade, NZEF – 11 Reinfs

13265

PTE

Ralph Gordon

HADFIELD

26 (NZ) Battalion, 2NZEF

80346

RFLM

George Osmond

FAIR

NZ Rifle Brigade, NZEF – 42 Reinfs

6/3927

PTE

Walter Thomas

WHITE

Canterbury Inf. Bn, NZEF – 9th Reinfs

3/3464

PTE

Leslie Richard Kemp

MARSHALL

2nd Field Ambulance – NZ Medical Corps, NZEF

38598

CH/SISTER 

Sheila Helen

McCULLOCH

3rd NZ General Hospital, NZ Medical Corps, 2NZEF – Bari, Italy 

79977

RFLM

Edward William

GARDNER

3rd NZ Rifle Bde, NZEF – 42 Reinfs – reunited Aug 2019

13355PTEWilliam JohnHODGE

26 (Cant & Otago) Battalion, 2NZEF – Third Echelon

     

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