One Down, Three To Go - Missing Medal Back With The Family of Edward FINK
On the 3rd of December, 2009 - the Medals Gone Missing organisation purchased a tarnished and much neglected, 1939-1945 Australia Service Medal from a numismatics dealer on ebay. This medal was accompanied by two miniatures consisting of the 1939-1945 War Medal and the 1939-1945 Australia Service Medal. Whenever the funds become available - Medals Gone Missing will enter the ebay arena and purchase any medal or item of militaria which is selling cheaply. If a medal or other item is successfully purchased, it is hoped that recipient's family may be located and this newly acquired war medal, returned to the family at cost price.
IMAGE LEFT: The 1939-1945 Australia Service Medal of QX28732 Private Edward Montague FINK flanked by the two miniature medals. As can be seen, the medal was heavily tarnished. So much so, that the inscription of his name could not be seen until the edge was carefully cleaned.
When this particular medal arrived, it was noted that the tarnish was so heavy, the recipient's name inscribed on the edge of the medal could not even be discerned. Once this portion of the war medal was carefully cleaned, the service number of QX28732 was discovered, along with the name of E.M. FINK who served in the 2/25th Infantry Battalion, AIF.
IMAGE RIGHT: QX28732 Private Edward Montague FINK, 2/25th Infantry Battalion AIF before deployment to New Guinea.
A search was conducted of the World War Two Nominal Roll, which revealed that this soldier - from Lawnton in Queensland. Joining the Second AIF in January of 1942, Edward Montague FINK was posted as a reinforcement to the 2/25th Battalion after this unit had been severly knocked about on the Kokoda Track and Gona. Sadly he was killed in action on the 12th of September, 1943 during the advance onto Lae. The Commonwealth Government War Graves records supported this, indicating that he lay buried in the Lae War Cemetery.
So the hunt was now on to located a direct descendant of this brave soldier and after numerous inquiries, his nephew Matthew FINK of Queensland was located. It was ascertained that the descendants of Private FINK had no knowledge of this Australia Service Medal, nor how it happened to leave the family. Needless to say, they were very pleased to have this missing war medal returned to their home where it was professionally cleaned and brought back to it's original condition.
However, it is a case of "one down, three to go" as Edwards 1939-1945 Star, Pacific Star and 1939-1945 War Medal are still our there somewhere....waiting to be reunited with the 1939-1945 Australia Service Medal. Can you help us to recover these missing medals? If you have these war medals in your collection, or know of their whereabouts - please contact the Medals Gone Missing Administrator so that they too, can be returned to their rightful place.
IMAGE LEFT: Matthew, who is the nephew to Private Edward Montague FINK proudly holds up the war medal - prior to it being cleaned and restored.