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 

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 or a close descendant, be they in New Zealand or abroad, with which to reunite your medals. 

Essentially you have TWO options:

  1.  LIST – we will list you medal(s) or ephemera on this website for FREE provided you send us photographs of both sides of the medals and the impressed names on the edge or back of each.  It is then up to you to find a family descendant.  The listing will be removed after six  months if you do not have a result by then, or
  2. RESEARCH – send the medal(s) or ephemera to MRNZ which will be held on loan temporarily (for the reasons, please see Temporary Loan below) while we undertake the research to find a descendant.  The items will automatically be listed on the website upon receipt of the items.

Military Ephemera

Apart from reuniting medals with descendant families we will also undertake research to reunite any named item of military or para-military ephemera.  Typically these may 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.

Reuniting medals

I am often asked by people who find medals, or have them turn up in deceased family member’s belongings, can we find the family so the medals can be returned to them.  Yes we can – I am very happy to accept every request as long as I can guarantee they are handed over when the family or a descendant is found. 

Past experience has been a harsh teacher – initially I had traced a couple of descendants on trust and was let down when the medal finder/owner decided not to follow through with the handover.  This can leave families angry and confused and cause considerable embarrassment and harm to our reputation.  

The other aspect of this is, if we were to do the research and then hand the results to you, I would gain no opportunity to promote MRNZ’s work and reputation. 

Your trust is requested

The only way that I can guarantee medals will be returned to a proven family or descendant we have located, is for MRNZ to arrange the handover.  This protects the privacy of both parties (if required) plus it affords us an opportunity to promote our work and reputation.  To do this we request all medals and ephemera we undertake to research, be sent to MRNZ on Temporary Loan before the research is started – in this we request your trust.  Please appreciate that considerable time and expense may be needed to trace a descendant by obtaining documents, file copies, information from international sources, internet ‘pay per view’ access, photocopying and postal/courier charges, and once found we need to be able to handover the items immediately (in person or by other methods of shipping) in the best possible condition.   

Our policy is the same for everyone wishing to have MRNZ reunite medals or ephemera.  Typically these are members of the public, the Defence Forces, NZ RSAs or Australian RSLs, Police, Fire and Emergency services, public service organisations, charity shops, service clubs and so on.  Thus far, all have been willing to place their trust in our process.

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 24 hours.  This letter is your proof that we acknowledge you as the owner.  The letter will also outline the research process and options depending on 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 which will be handled with care and held securely (locked in a safe) and as long as they remain in our care.   

Temporary Loan  

  1. What is a 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 several years depending on work load and availability of information).  If the research is successful, the medals will handed over in one of three ways: personally by us, handed over by you which we will arrange (only if you wish and it is practicable to do so), or couriered to the recipient with a letter of explanation.  
  2. You remain the owner.  Ownership of the medals/ephemera remains yours at all times until handed over to a recipient family/descendant or returned to you.  If after the research is complete, a family/descendant cannot be found I will contact you personally.  The items may be returned to you if you so wish, or alternatively we can offer suggestions 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 entrusted to MRNZ’s care will ever be sold or otherwise disposed of without your authority (see also Medals that cannot be reunited below).  
  5. 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.

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 or Ephemera 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 Returns – No Questions Asked!

If you have a medal or item of ephemera you would like to have returned, you are welcome to send these to us anonymously by addressing to our PO Box in Nelson, with or without any details – no questions asked !

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Medals offered by collectors for Buy-Back

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

These medals were purchased in NZ and internationally by collectors who have offered those surplus to their own collection requirements, for families/near descendants** ONLY to purchase on a BUY-BACK arrangement.  Prices are negotiable and swaps may be considered by a Seller.  Whilst MRNZ has offered to facilitate these transactions, we do not derive a cent and act purely as the an agent to obtain Buyer proof of identity, to act as the ‘post office’ for the money transfer from Buyer (claimant) to Seller, and to act as the scrutineer of medal authenticity, impressed detail and medal condition, for the protection of the Buyer (claimant).  These checks will need to be completed before any Buyers fee is paid to the Seller. 

Medals offered by any person or organisation to MRNZ for family/descendant BUY-BACK, will be subject to the same process.  This we do in order to retain our 100% not-for-profit, self-funded and FREE status and reputation.

Note:  ** All medal claimants will be required to prove their “family/near descendant” relationship to the named veteran, to the satisfcation 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 diagram 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.  

Proof of identity requirements – email or post a clear, photographic copy of each of the following:

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

We would be delighted to see as many of the following listed medals be claimed by families or descendant kin:

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

     

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 (Eng Rm Asst.)

Richard Douglas

CONWAY

Royal Navy (RN)

172465

DVR

John Weir

GILMOUR

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 – under reunite action Nov 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 with 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

6/3889 

LT 

James Barr 

STRUTHERS

Otago/Canterbury Infantry Regt, NZEF – 9th Reinfs

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)

xxxxxxxxxxxx

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 Auck, NZ

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)

xxxxxxxxxxxx

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

L6290

OSTWD (OS)

George Alfred 

HARRIS

Royal Navy (R.N.) – HMSs 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 – Reinforcements, 30 Oct 1918, SS Talune

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. 

UK – 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

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 Victo (not Victor)

WESTBROOK

Fm WGTN RSA: 2Bn, NZ Rifle Bde, NZEF – 28 Reinfs – reunited Oct 2019

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: Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) – BEF

32041

GNR

Ernest

COULBY

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

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STWD

Henry

ROSS

Fm WGTN RSA: Merchant Navy (MN) -RMS Lusitania – Drowned when ship was torpedoed by German U-20 on 7 May 1915 – under reunite action Nov 2019

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MATE

Joseph (Aust) or John (UK)

KNOX

Fm WGTN RSA: Mercantile Fleet Auxiliary (MFA)

51597

PTE

George S.

WILKINS

Fm WGTN RSA: 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

xxxxxxxxxxxxCAPTArthur Harold

FORBES ** (mid), C de G (Fr.) – see below UK-WW2 for son

UK – Army Service Corps (ASC), BEF – under reunite action Oct 2019

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

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 O.MESNY

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

25/654RFLMRobertLOAN

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

     

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

WOO (LT-Ord Engr Off)

Charles Henry 

KING R.N. 

Royal Navy (RN), 1938-1958

22422

GNR

Peter Standish

SAVILL – ex-UK, may be known as Saville, 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

NZ401396 

PLT.OFF

Royal George

LINDSAY

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

NZ41924

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 under reunite action 

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

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

3318 

TPR – PTE 

William Henry 

THOMPSON 

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

822513 

CPL 

Isabelle Jenette

ELLIS 

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

??John Graham

FORBES ** – see above UK-WW1 for father

UK – Royal Air Force under reunite action Oct 2019

 

NZ 391726 & 70575SGT (W/O)Ronald Bert MARTIN

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

     

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

M-1119546

CH. TECH 

D.

REES

Royal Air Force (RAF)

K19559

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

HMNZS Canterbury, RNZN (c.1965-1990)

     

EPHEMERA 

49657

PTE

Frederick/Fred Newman

STANTON

Canterbury Inf. Regt, NZEF – 27 Reinfs

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SILVER WAR BADGE – NZ 7380

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

     

NEW additions 

LEGEND

CPL-SGT = either rank impressed on medal

(CPL) = highest rank held

 * = Brothers

 ** = Father & Son