21 July 2018

Henry Agnew.

This search started with an email from LCDR Tim C from the Royal Australian Navy who had received the Australian Service Medal 1939-45 awarded to 19669 Henry Norman Agnew, RAN. The circumstances how Tim received the medal was slightly strange but I have heard similar stories before.
The medal was sent to Tim by the daughter of Norman Andrew Agnew who had found Henry's medal mixed in with Norman's medals. Very kindly, she wanted to see Henry's medal with the right family. It is easy to see how the mix up occurred when the medals were originally dispatched. Although, I do wonder where Norman's ASM is?
The search for Henry's family proved rather tricky. There were only a few mentions of Henry in public records. These include his WWII RAN service card, which really provided no usable information, a date of death and two electoral roll entries. From the electoral roll I knew he lived in Gundagai in the late 1950s and his wife was Victoria Gladys Agnew. I found Victoria's headstone which confirmed she died in 1990 and with no children mentioned I had to assume there was no direct descendant.
It was the link to Gundagai that cracked this search open. The NSW BDM entry for Henry's death in Gundagai gave me his parent's names, Albert Frederick and Amelia Elizabeth. Using this data in the births search page I found the name of Henry's sister, Bronwen. After that is was easy. Albert, Amelia and Bronwen appear in an Ancestry family tree owned by Bronwen's grandson Gary. This makes Gary, Henry's great nephew. 
I've now connected Tim and Gary and the medal will soon be returned to Henry's family.
The returned medal tally is now 2235.

18 July 2018

Two more medals returned

Two great results by Bill, but......
By now regular readers of our blog are, as they often comment, fascinated by the research, let alone the time that goes into returning medals. However, I must admit nothing seems to annoy (if that is the right word) them is when Glyn and I merely report that ‘the medals have been returned’.
Of the following two returns, one involved the recipients family, while the other the Victorian Police. In one case we have chosen to respect the privacy of a family, in the other a series of outstanding matters, preclude our commenting.
However Leslie’s family can thank Jaunita at Rosebud RSL. While Stephen can, if he hasn’t already done so, can thank Sergeant Rhian Kelly of the South Melbourne Police Station.

The returned medal tally is now 2234.

16 July 2018

Norman Faulks

Another collaboration with Gavin G of Brisbane to return a dog tag that he found. This time it belonged to  VX110377 Norman William Faulks.
The returned medal tally is now 2232.

13 July 2018

Albert Parkin

I've recently been in contact with Gavin G of Brisbane who, over the years, has found several dog tags while metal detecting. I've looked at three different tags so far and we have one result, one pending result and one difficult search.
The one result is the dog tag of Albert Victor Parkin.  
The returned medal tally is now 2231.