NORTH & SOUTH magazine chats with Medals Reunited New Zealand© – April 2019 Edition

Fiona and Tim are Nelson based freelance journalists who are very much in tune with each other's skills.  Fiona the accomplished story teller is very ably supported by husband Tim, the ace behind the lens whose pictures help to bring life to Fiona's writing.  They produce a wide variety of general interest articles about New Zealand and its people for N & S among … [Read more...]

RONALD GORDON HAY-MACKENZIE ~ Unclaimed WW2 medals of Westport POW united with family after 63 years.

16586 ~ RONALD GORDON HAY-MACKENZIE Hay-Mackenzie is a name associated with early Otago from the 1840s, and later with Westport from 1897 to the present day.  Like friendly societies, volunteer fire brigades, military units and bands, the lodge played a vital role in the social and business life of the colonial male.  Tertius Hay-Mackenzie (1846-1906) was a 26 year old … [Read more...]

PTE Anthony Devlin’s Boer War medal & London’s centennial Remembrance Parade 2018 ~ UPDATE

Yesterday I received an the email (below) from Kieron Graham of Carlisle, Cumbria in the north-east of England.  Kieron and son Jacob are direct descendants of 6359 Pte. Anthony Devlin, East Lancashire Regiment who fought in both the Boer War and First World War.  Kieron was the recipient of Pte. Devlin's Queen's South Africa medal that had been found in the Hokianga some … [Read more...]

FREDERICK EVERARD NEEDHAM ~ Taihape boy’s war medal gift of 80 years ago finds a home with recipient’s nephew.

81281 / 53890 / 413354 ~ FREDERICK  EVERARD  NEEDHAM ~ NZ Army & RNZAF    When Mary of Upper Hutt read her grandfather's military record of service in the NZ Expeditionary Force (NZEF) during WW1, she noted that it appeared his war medals had never been issued.   There was a medal action stamp on the file that read "MEDAL ACTION … [Read more...]

ALEXANDER FREDERICK McINTYRE ~ ANZAC Medallion for Greymouth great-nephew of 2nd day Gallipoli casualty.

6/683 ~ ALEXANDER FREDERICK McINTYRE     Malcom McINTYRE (1834-1899) and Margaret Elizabeth McDOUGALL (1850-1917) were both Scottish migrants to Dunedin, he a blacksmith from Glassary, Argyll and she from Lawrencekirk, Aberdeenshire.  Malcom McIntyre (1834-1899), born at Rothesay, Buteshire was a 24 year old journeyman (apprentice) blacksmith in Glassary when … [Read more...]

UPDATE ~ CHARLES HENRY GARTNER ~ “MUTT” found in Australia, has been reunited with “JEFF”

56764 RFLM Charles Henry Gartner ~ UPDATE     In August 2018 we bought you the story (below) of a First World War Victory Medal named to Rifleman Charlie Gartner that had been donated to MRNZ by a Nelson collector.  This resulted in the medal being returned to Charlie's grandson Wayne, a former Nelsonian now living in Waipawa who had left Nelson some 40+ … [Read more...]

HENRY RAYMOND BEVAN ~ War medal of NZ Maori rugby player from Otaki reunited with All Blacks family.

10/1741 ~ HENRY RAYMOND BEVAN     Naval Captain Simon Rooke, RNZN, a senior NZDF officer contacted me after having found a First World War medal whilst sorting  his deceased father’s personal effects.  The Victory Medal, in good condition complete with original ribbon, was named to 10/1741  PTE  H. R. BEVAN  N.Z.E.F.  As is often the … [Read more...]

THOMAS FAULKNER ~ Welsh merchant marine Captain’s WW1 medal reunited with great-grandson.

103480 ~ THOMAS FAULKNER  M.N. ~ Merchant Marine     Russell Bennison of Papakura had just read my first article in the Spring RSA Review regarding the wearing unofficial medals, and as  result email me, not with any query about unofficial medals, but one regarding a medal he had found mixed in with his own father’s medals (as so often happens).  … [Read more...]

ARCHIBALD NEWELL STANDRING ~ Medal of King’s Own Royal (Lancs) Regt. soldier from Wales found in Glendowie backyard fire-pit.

T-33677 & 28591 ~ ARCHIBALD NEWELL STANDRING ~ A.S.C.  &  2/5 KOR (LANCS) REGT.       The year was 1981 when Robyn W. and her husband Warwick bought themselves a 'doer upper' house at 35 Roberta Drive in the Auckland suburb of Glendowie.  The house had been tenanted for the previous 12 years and when the W.'s took possession, in Robyn's … [Read more...]

JAMES CLUNE ~ NZ (Maori) Pioneer Battalion soldier’s medal reveals a sad end to a ‘lost’ life.

16/570A ~ JAMES CLUNE    A medal found by Shane Bocock of Balclutha in his late father's belongings, was impressed in the name of soldier, 16/570A PTE. J. CLUNE  N.Z.E.F.  Shane's father, the late Murray Bocock from Taranaki, had completed his Compulsory Military Training in the late 1950s and Shane reckons given his interest in all things … [Read more...]