12 December 2020

David Mytton

I recently received an email from Margaret P who found a WWI Victory Medal among her late brother's possessions. Margaret's brother lived in North Queensland but she wasn't sure how he came to have this medal.

The medal was awarded to 5864 Private David Christopher Mytton. David was part of the Australian Veterinary Hospital. While there was a large requirement for veterinary services during WWI, it isn't often that I see medals to a unit like this. David was almost 45 years old when he enlisted in 1916. He was from a reasonably large family who lived in England. David emigrated to Australia and was a Tin miner around Charters Towers. There is no evidence that David married and based on the fact that his NOK was his mother, I'm confident that he remained a bachelor all his life. 

As part of my research I found several news paper articles that mention David. I've added them here as well as his death notice. The lost item advertisement, placed in 1949, is interesting. I wonder if his medals were in the port when it was lost? For those who have never lived in Queensland, a port is a bag. David died in 1953.

I quickly found David on an Ancestry tree and was soon in contact with a decedent of David's brother John. Margaret is now in contact with the family and David's Victory medal will soon be sent to them.


The returned medal tally is now 2587.


05 December 2020

Cyril Maddock

This Victory Medal has been in the possession of Glen H for some time but he wasn't progressing very far with the research so I had a look for him.

The medal was awarded to 34317 Cyril Vivian Maddock. Cyril, and his son Ian Cyril, were rather easy to track through the public records but I had real difficulty locating the current generation of this family. Through Ancestry I fired off a message to the owner of a tree which included Cyril. That message was passed on to Cyril's grandson who I connected with Glen.

As part of the research I came across these two photos of Cyril.

The returned medal tally is now 2586.




A stolen ADM

This is another story that started with a medal being handed in to the Queensland Police Service and my mate Tim seeking a little bit of help. 

Tim had received an Australian Defence Medal but was stuck locating the soldier. All Tim had was the initial and the surname. It took a little bit of back tracking through open records but I was able to give Tim the first and second name. Using this information Tim found a burglary report from 2018 when the medal was stolen. He now has been in contact with the owner and the medal is on the way back home.

The returned medal tally is now 2585.