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...]

CHARLIE and JOHN RANDALL ~ ‘One medal begets two’ ~ a unique hand-over of Koromiko brother’s war medals.

3/2371 ~ CHARLIE RANDALL  and  61151 ~ JOHN RANDALL     This return of these two medals came about by very different circumstances however produced an outcome better than I could have ever anticipated. Earlier in the year a donor had sent MRNZ a 1914-15 Star named to, 3/2371 CPL. C. RANDALL  N.Z.E.F.   My initial review of Charlie Randall's … [Read more...]

!! STOLEN MEDAL !! ~ Auckland, 11 December 2018

!! ~ STOLEN  MEDAL ~ !! ~ 11 December 2018 ~    This medal named to G. D. HEARN was stolen during a burglary on TUESDAY, 11 December 2018 from a residence in AUCKLAND.  The medal was in its case of issue which was also named as above. If you see or are offered this medal at anytime, please contact Ian at Medals Reunited New Zealand on … [Read more...]

STOLEN WW2 MEDALS ~ HILLSBOROUGH, Auckland – 28 Nov 2018

!! ~ STOLEN  MEDALS  ~ !! ~ 28 November 2018 ~  These WW2 service medals named to E. D. TAYLOR were stolen during a daylight burglary yesterday afternoon, TUESDAY, from a house in HILLSBOROUGH, Auckland.  The medals were stolen from the home of Laura and Gavin; they were gifted to Laura by her grandfather.  Please help us to find them for … [Read more...]

THE RANDALL BROTHERS ~ ONE medal reunites TWO for separate Blenheim descendants.

LOST TREASURES ...     WW1 medals of two Randall brothers from Koromiko, Blenheim have been returned to descendant families.   Read the article here:  LOST TREASURES Details of the research and service of both Randall brothers will be posted shortly ...     … [Read more...]

ROBERT JOSEPH CROSSEN ~ ‘Death Plaque’ reunited on Armistice Day with Rollerston soldier’s descendant family.

46559 ~ ROBERT JOSEPH CROSSEN     A WW1 Memorial Plaque (also called a 'death penny',' deadman's penny' or 'death plaque') sent to the mother of a WW1 soldier from Rollerston, was re-presented to his grand-nephew at the Oxford RSA on Armistice Day 2018.  The plaque had been handed into the Oxford RSA and Rhonda Graham-van Rooden, a former RNZAF & … [Read more...]

Update 2018 ~ RFLM. NORMAN BARNARD OTTO WESTERHOLM ~ Etaples Military Cemetery, France.

Honouring  the life and sacrifice of  Palmerston North soldier, RFLM. NORMAN BARNARD OTTO WESTERHOLM - KIA, 9 September 1916   Moira G. was the donor of Rflm. Norman Westerholm's 'death plaque' found in Wellington several years ago which MRNZ was able to return to a descendant family in Australia. Recently Moira made a pilgrimage to the WW1 … [Read more...]

JOHN JOSEPH O’DONNELL ~ West Coaster’s medal reunited with Army’s ‘Sword of Honour’ graduate.

37725 ~ JOHN JOSEPH O'DONNELL     The name of O’Donnell is well known on the West Coast of New Zealand with the descendants of Irish immigrants still populating most towns up and down the length of Westland.  Generations of O’Donnell men have worked as miners, mill workers and bushmen/loggers, and the O’Donnell brothers in this story were no … [Read more...]

SAMUEL CHASE ~ Nelson Weekly News … 10 October 2018 

Grave marker unveiling after 77 years for Hawkes Bay soldier ...      4/4594 Private Samuel Chase Canterbury Infantry Regt., NZEF 1915 ~ 1917 Read the full article here: http://nelsonweekly.co.nz/2018/10/forgotten-ww1-soldier-honoured/  … [Read more...]