Every so often I receive a set of miniature medals and we are asked to return them. Unfortunately, miniatures are not named like full size medals so without any supporting evidence this would be an impossible task.
In this particular case I did receive additional information that helped us locate the family of Lieutenant Owen George Dawes RANVR.
When the miniatures of the 1939-45 Star, the Africa Star and the Pacific Star were sent to me they were accompanied with a letter and Owen's calling card. All this helped me establish exactly who the medals were awarded to.
The envelop which contained the letter is addressed to Mrs J Ibotson. The letter thanks Mrs Ibotson for her kindness given to Owen and his wife Sara and offers the minitures as a gift so that he might be remembered. The letter is pictured below (click on the letter for an enlarged view).
We initially ran in to the usual brick walls on this search until very recently when Owen's grandson came across our research on the Australian Surname Group. He then got in touch with us and the medals will be sent to him shortly.
Thanks to Helga N who sent me the medals and letter.
The returned medal tally is now 1153.