It isn't often that we get contemporary medals. This one is the Defence Force Service Medal awarded to Michael Morris. Through a contact in Defence I got Mike's enlistment and discharge dates and that his unit on discharge was 8 Signals Regiment. Using these slim details I checked out the Royal Australian Signals Corps Association page and to my surprise there was the name Morris with the same years of service. I posted a message on the guest book and within hours the association sprung in to action.
I now have been in contact with Mike and will send his medal home in the near future. Mike tells me he lost the medal in Bundaberg a couple of years ago. Eventually it was handed in to the Hervey Bay RSL and then sent to me.
The power of the internet and the brotherhood of soldiers proved to be the key to success once again.
The returned medal tally is now 1847.