Second World War certificate awarded to Private Albert LAURIA who served with the 112 Light Anti Aircraft Unit in the 1939-1945 War. This certificate was issued by the residents of the Cloverlea, Gainsborough & Darnum District of Victoria as a sign of their appreciation. The Medals Gone Missing Administrator was outbid for this item when it was offered for sale on ebay Australia. According to the World War Two Nominal Roll, Albert LAURIA was born at Melbourne on the 8th of January, 1924 and enlisted into the A.M.F. (Militia) on the 16th of March, 1942. He discharged on the 8th of July, 1942. Albert's next of kin was Santo LAURIA.
Pre-First World War (or early First World War) photograph/postcard of a man who has signed his name "V. FORBES" on the image. This may in fact be Valentine Cameron FORBES who served with an Artillery Unit before the outbreak of the Great War. This photograph is of a young man who is wearing a militia style uniform. His cap badge on the peaked cap, bears the "flaming bomb" emblem which is associated with a bombadier. The metal shoulder flashes attached to his epaulettes may be the intials 'R.A.A.' which could stand for "Royal Australian Artillery". However the image is not clear and this information is gleaned by way of a magnifying glass. Subsequently this report is not conclusive. A search of Valentine's First World War service record on the National Archives of Australia, indicate that he was currently serving with an Artillery unit at the time of his enlistment into the AIF. Subsequently, this militia style photograph corresponds with his service record. The First World War Embarkation Roll indicates that he left Melbourne on the 17th of July, 1915 aboard HMAT Orsova (A67) as a member of the SAB (Seige Artillery Brigade). Gunner Valentine Cameron FORBES was gassed in France, but survived the war and returned to Australia. The photograph was purchased on ebay during March 2011 and Medals Gone Missing is seeking a relative of Valentine in the hope that his identity can be confirmed and the postcard returned to it's rightful home.
Service No:16 Hope Street, Southport England
Country: United Kingdom
First World War Postcard sent from a British soldier whose surname obviously was 'GREEN' to his young son, George GREEN of 16 Hope Street, Southport in England. From this name and address, it is hoped that a descendant of Master George Green will make contact with us during research into your family tree. Please see the ARTICLES OF INTEREST regarding a short story, subject of this card.
Pattern 37 cotton webbing, waiste belt in used condition. This belt bears the name R.R. GORDON and a service number of 5/400346 (though I have not been successful in finding this name and number on either the World War Two Nominal Roll, the Korea War Nominal Roll or the National Archives Of Australia. The belt was purchased in November 2010 from ebay for $7.25 AUD. It is NOT FOR GENERAL SALE and will only be sold back to the family of R.R. GORDON upon proof of relationship.
Corps/Service:Mounted/ Lighthorse/ Cavalry
Pre Second World War leather leggings; commonly referred to as "Light Horse" leggings. Issued to Corporal Aubrey Donald SHAW when he served in No. 2 Troop, "B" Squadron of the 7th Light Horse Regiment (Harden). The World War Two Nominal Roll indicates that Aubrey Donald SHAW served in the A.M.F (Australian Military Forces or Militia) prior to joining the AIF (Australian Imperial Force). He was born on the 11th of September, 1921 at Galong (near Harden in New South Wales) and served with the 2/4th Armoured Regiment. Subsequently, these items are also listed under his "NX" number. These leggings are NOT FOR GENERAL SALE and the Medals Gone Missing Administrator would like any living relative of Aubrey to make contact.
Clothes brush believed to have been presented to Staff Sergeant Donald Elkie McLAREN. He was born on the 19th of November, 1906 at Boulder in Western Australia. The World War Two Nominal Roll indicates that he joined the Second AIF on the 26th of January, 1942 and discharged on the 11th of January, 1945. Posting on discharge was the 74 Camp Hospital. This clothes brush bears the inscription "Presented to D.E. McLAREN by Motor Cycle Division S.J.A.B. in appreciation Active Service 1939-45 War". It is believed that "S.J.A.B" stands for "St John's Ambulance Brigade" and as Donald Elkie McLAREN appeared to serve in a hospital unit, the evidence is such that it tends to prove ownership to this soldier. He is also the only D.E. McLAREN who is recorded as such on the World War Two Nominal Roll. This item was purchased by Medals Gone Missing from ebay and is NOT FOR GENERAL SALE. It will only be sold back to the family upon proof of relationship. NOTE: BRUSH RETURNED TO THE FAMILY OF DONALD ELKIE McLAREN ON THE 02/12/2011
Corps/Service:Air Force/Flying Corps
Photographic postcards from Leading Aircraftman Desmond Charles OLIVER to his mother, Mrs J.L. OLIVER of 38 Howson Street, Westmead N.S.W. Desmond Charles OLIVER was born on the 7th of February, 1925 at Parramatta. The World War Two Nominal Roll indicates that he joined the R.A.A.F (Royal Australian Air Force) on the 9th of March, 1943 and discharged on the 15th of February, 1946. Posting on discharge was the 61 Operational Base Unit. There are a total of 8 photographic letters sent over a period of time, whilst Desmond was on deployment. NOT FOR GENERAL SALE, to be sold to OLIVER descendants only upon proof of relationship.
THE AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS' POCKET BOOK issued to Sapper Richard Terence KELLY; who was born on the 13th of October, 1911 at Dursley in England. His address is recorded inside the book as "G.P.O. Launceston" (Tasmania). This book (The Australian Soldiers' Pocket Book) is a small publication which was re-printed annually and distributed as a gift from The Austalian Comforts Fund. It was handed out to every serviceman as a source of general information and advice for daily life in the services. This partiuclar book was printed in July, 1941. It is not for general sale and will only be sold back to Richard's family upon proof of relationship.
First World War postcard printed by Champion Tobacco and sent by Private Patrick Joseph TORPY to a friend named 'Arthur'. The First World War Embarkation Roll indicates that he left Sydney aboard HMAT Aeneas on the 30th of September, 1916. This card was possibly written on board this ship, as Patrick writes about the voyage and how he has avoided being 'sick', despite the sea being rough. This card has been laminated by persons unknown. It is NOT FOR GENERAL SALE and will only be sold back to the family upon proof of relationship.
Unit No:HMAS Huon
THE AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS' POCKET BOOK issued to Able Seaman Ralph John KILLWORTH; who was born on the 20th of October, 1925 at Scottsdale in Tasmania. In fact, his address as recorded inside the book is "King Street, Scottsdale". This book (The Australian Soldiers' Pocket Book) is a small publication which was re-printed annually and distributed as a gift from The Austalian Comforts Fund. It was handed out to every serviceman as a source of general information and advice for daily life in the services. This partiuclar book was printed in July, 1944. It is not for general sale and will only be sold back to Ralph's family upon proof of relationship.