Wandering Warriors – Our Diggers need your help!

Australian-FlagIf there is one group of men who rarely ask for help from anybody, it is the Australian Special Air Service – more commonly referred to as the SAS.  So when we find these men asking for assistance …. it is typical that their request is not to benefit themselves personally …. but to help their mates.

So if you have not heard of the Wandering Warriors, please read on.

Wandering Warriors logoIMAGE RIGHT: The logo of Wandering Warriors.  Incorporating the famous winged dagger of the Special Air Service with motto “Who Dares Wins”; this organisation needs our support.  So we ‘dare’ you to dig deep and help this very worthy cause.  Please CLICK HERE to make a donation.

The Department of Defence and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs care for wounded and injured diggers, but there is a limit to entitlements, grants, programs and funding. Wandering Warriors Incorporated is a charity which raises funds to help fill the gap between government funding and the sum which is actually required to support our veterans.

These people who guard our shores voluntarily sacrificed the luxuries which we take for granted.  Christmas at home …. being there for our kid’s birthdays ….. a stable family life ….. going out for weekends with friends.  They did this with little fanfare and the rare occasions when you see them on television is when they have lost one of their own.  Well it is about time that we gave something back.

Support WANDERING WARRIORS by clicking here and visit their website.  Our servicemen and women have donated their blood, sweat and tears to keep our country safe.  The very least we can do is to donate a few dollars to support them (and their carers) when they come home.  Better still, click here and buy a cap!  And show our diggers that you are a supporter of the Wandering Warriors.  We just did!

Wandering-Warriors-supporteIMAGE LEFT:  The Wandering Warriors baseball cap which Gary Traynor intends to wear at his next ‘medal return’ …. the reuniting of a First World War shaving kit of William Junor which will take place at the ANZAC Memorial, Hyde Park Sydney in February 2015.

 

 

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Are you related to George Haywood SMEDLEY from United Kingdom?

British-FlagThe First World War medal (1914-1915 Star) awarded to Private George Haywood SMEDLEY, Service No: 3/17990 has been purchased by Medals Gone Missing. The medal was located for sale on eBay Australia.  Sadly, George Haywood SMEDLEY died on 28/06/1921 aged 23 years.

1914-1915-Star-George-HaywoIMAGE RIGHT:  The 1914-1915 Star awarded to Private George Haywood SMEDLEY who served with the 3rd Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment.

A veteran of the Gallipoli campaign, his cause of death is unknown.  It is also not known if George later served on the Western Front.  He could have suffered from battle wounds or illness sustained in either theatre of war, resulting in his eventual death.  He was the son of Harry and Mary Smedley. Born at Tamworth – United Kingdom and served in the 3rd Battalion of the North Staffordshire Regiment.

According to the First World War Commonwealth War Graves Commission records (CWGC) George lies buried in the Tamworth Cemetery, Grave Reference: 4562 in the U.K.

Map-Tamworth-Cemetery-CommoIMAGE LEFT:  The locality of Tamworth, United Kingdom showing the location of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission CWGC cemetery in Tamworth where Private George Haywood SMEDLEY rests.

This medal was purchased by Medals Gone Missing and will only be sold back to his descendants upon strict proof of relationship.

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Disgraceful desecration of Commonwealth War Grave in Libya – Middle East

Below is a link to the vile desecration of a Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetey near Benghazi in Libya. The cemetery holds the remains of more than 100 British and Commonwealth servicemen who fought for Montgomery’s Eighth Army during the Second World War.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/RtgbvotqVFE?rel=0

Whilst this offensive act took place during 2012, very few people are aware of the incident and it is a reminder that many of our servicemen never returned.  The very least we can do is to protect their final resting places.

Please CLICK HERE to read the full story published by The Guardian on 4 March 2012.

This is an international crime and the offenders should be prosecuted.  What a disgrace.

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Australian General Service Tunic of Sergeant John Edwin DEAN 2/29th Infantry Battalion AIF

Australian-FlagAn Australian issue general service tunic, once issued to Sergeant John Edwin DEAN has been located and purchased from an antique store in Fairy Meadow, New South Wales. Sergeant John Edwin DEAN is a veteran of the 2/29th Infantry Battalion and fought during the Malaya campaign during 1942. He was subsequently captured by the Japanese when Singapore fell on 15 February and entered captivity. Battalion records indicate that he may have spent his captivity in Changi Prisoner of War camp, however research into his service records may indicate if he was sent outside of Singapore during his internment.

Australian-Second-World-WarIMAGE RIGHT: An early pattern general service tunic, similar to that issued to Sergeant John Edwin DEAN who served with the 2/29th Infantry Battalion, AIF during the Malayan campaign and fall of Singapore.

Whilst this tunic is the early pattern and was manufactured during 1942, it is likely this was his “coming home” tunic which was issued upon his return to Australia (before discharge from the AIF). Unfortunately, the colour patches and badges have been removed by persons unknown.

DEAN-tunic-John-Edwin-2nd-2IMAGE LEFT:  The name tag which is sewn into the general service tunic issued to VX42295 Sergeant John Edwin DEAN 2/29th Infantry Battalion AIF.  It is believed this hand writing is his own.

The service details of John Edwin DEAN from the World War Two Nominal Roll are as follows:- Australian Army Service Number VX42295, Date of Birth 26 February 1900. Place of Birth SALISBURY, Victoria. Date of Enlistment 4 July 1940, Locality on Enlistment HOLBROOK, Victoria. Place of Enlistment CAULFIELD, Victoria.  Next of Kin DEAN, A.  Date of Discharge 15 December 1945. Rank:- Sergeant; Posting at Discharge 2/29 Battalion.  Prisoner of War:- Yes.

2nd 29th Infantry Battalion AIF (2)IMAGE RIGHT:  The colour patch of the 2/29th Infantry Battalion, 8th Australian Division AIF.  The colour patch depicts the grey oval (indicating 8 Division AIF) with the vertical rectangle divided down with centre; black on the left with yellow on right.

PLEASE NOTE:  The tunic is not for general sale and will only be sold back to the descendants of John upon strict proof of relationship.

Fairy-Meadow-Antique-CentreIMAGE LEFT:  The Fairy Meadow Antique Centre in the Illawarra area, south coast of New South Wales.  Medals Gone Missing would like to thank Marjorie for her kind assistance in helping us to procure this tunic for the family of John Edwin DEAN.  This is a wonderful store which holds many items of militaria and other general Australian antiques.   Email:- fairymeadowantiques@gmail.com  ph. 0407 418 128  To visit their Facebook page, please CLICK HERE

 

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Missing War Medals of Private George Bailey found in backyard garden

Australian-FlagA search is under way to find the descendants of a fallen World War I soldier. Almost 100 years after his death, Ballarat soldier Private George Bailey’s precious war medals were found buried in the backyard of a Creswick house.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/war-medals-find-in-creswick-sparks-search-for-wwi-soldiers-family-20150115-12r5wo.html

Creswick RSL secretary Phil Carter is appealing for anybody with information or links to the Bailey family to contact him directly on 0458 533 230.

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