07 February 2010

WWII RAN War Medal

I thought that the search for PM7923 Frederic Keith Smith would be a difficult one. Such a common surname is difficult to trace unless there are some specific clues available. The WWII service summary didn't help too much and with an enlistment date of January 1945, I thought we would have real problems. Luckily his full RAN record of service was online at the NAA. Although only two pages in total, there was enough to kick off the search.
With this initial information, an uncommon married name for his sister' some lateral thinking and a bit of luck we have located Smith's daughter.

The returned medal tally is now 593.

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