24 October 2014

Odds ’N’ Sods or Strange one offs

This is an interesting story from Bill.
While Glyn and I prefer to devote our time to returning medals, occasionally we get requests that, for one reason or another we can’t refuse. The following is as a result of one such request.
It came from the Victoria Police who had recovered, under warrant, a large haul of various items. One item was a Sterling Silver presentation tray which had been, from its inscription, presented to a Senior Army Office some years before. Could we help find the gentleman was the request?
Now one of the restrictions that Glyn and I face is that when we are dealing with the Police, is that there are many facts that are not released to us. This makes the search rather interesting.
Fortunately, I recognised the name and the unit involved. Unfortunately when I had last referred to the officer in question several years ago, I was told that he had passed away 15 years ago.
So now it was a hunt to find the wife. But it was whilst using the Internet I found a reference to the officer concerned. Three phone calls later and I was speaking to him. He thought it rather humours that he should be considered deceased but he wished to inform me that he was most definitely not. As for the tray it had been stolen during a break in some years before, as to the question of where has it been in the meantime, well that is question that we both agreed to leave for others.

The returned item tally is now 1540.

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