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:  … [Read more...]

CHARLES EDWARD STEVENSON ~ Reunited ‘Death Plaque’ leads to an unclaimed ANZAC (Gallipoli) Medallion.

6/554 ~ CHARLES EDWARD STEVENSON    An article published in the Timaru Courier was sent to me by South Canterbury lady Olwyn, currently living in Texas, USA, as she thought I may be interested in helping to find a descendant for a medal being offered.  The article (right) related the story of a Mr John Watson of Timaru who had bought a WW1 Memorial Plaque … [Read more...]

PTE. SAMUEL CHASE ~ 05 October 2018 ~ Update #2.

Memorial to Forgotten First World War Soldier ~ Headstone Unveiled    As advised in my last Post Update (17 Aug 2018), a ceremony of remembrance to officially mark the grave of a WW1 veteran soldier who lay in an anonymous grave for 77 years, was held this week in the Catholic Section of the Wakapuaka Cemetery, Nelson. 6/4594 Private Samuel Chase, … [Read more...]

GEORGE FIRMAN ~ Stolen medals of missing Dakota DC-3 passenger are reunited with Dunedin family.

NZ4312786 ~ GEORGE FIRMAN ~ RNZAF    On 24 September 1945 a Royal New Zealand Air Force C47-B Douglas Dakota (DC3) Serial No. NZ 3526 left Espirito Santo, the largest island in the New Hebrides archipelago, with 20 air force personnel aboard bound for RNZAF Station Whenuapai.  After routine radio communication between the aircraft and Santo had been … [Read more...]

!! MEDALS FOUND !! ~ Stolen WW2 medals listed on Trade-Me auction ~ !! MEDALS REUNITED !!

Leading Aircraftman George Firman !!  MEDALS  REUNITED  !! They say it pays to advertise.  This case proved it does - after our Post on Facebook a few weeks ago regarding the Stolen and aborted return of the medals, they have been recovered.  The Pacific Star and a Memorial Cross named to LAC George Firman, RNZAF who lost his life returning to NZ after the … [Read more...]

CHARLES HENRY GARTNER ~ Bushman, Axeman, Feller, Sawyer, Trimmer, Mill Hand, Saw Doctor – sawdust was in his blood.

56764 ~ CHARLES HENRY GARTNER      This is another story whose success was directly attributable to posts we place on the Auckland War Memorial Museum's Cenotaph website of digitized WW1 veteran's files.  This case involved a medal which belonged to a man whose ancestors were a well known pioneer family in the Dannevirke and Marlborough and Tasman areas by men … [Read more...]