This is a story 66 years in the making. Here is the information from Bill and the family who had the medals:
These WWII medals were awarded to VX117643 David Smyth but have been in the possession of David Smith's family for many years. Mr Smith tells us the medals were in the belongings of a family member who served as a driver during WWII. She wore the medals with pride every Anzac Day so the family assumed they were hers. Mr Smith says that in 2010 another family member noticed that the naming on the medals was to David Smyth.
As it turn out Mr Smith’s relative had never received her medals so Mr Smith applied for and received her entitlement. It is thought that Mr Smith’s relative might have had friends name Smyth many years ago. Mr Smith goes on to say ‘After Bill did his magic and traced Michael (relative of David Smyth) this proved to be the case.’
The medals will soon be returned to the Smyth family. The returned medal tally is now 1133.