William Richmond JUNOR Shaving Kit 25 April 1918 – returned at ANZAC Memorial

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ANZAC Day 2015 will be a very special day for the descendants of William Richmond JUNOR.  Not only because it is the Centenary of the Gallipoli landings.  But owing to a wonderful gesture by two brothers; a shaving kit presented to William on the 25th April, 1918 is now in their hands after being missing for a very long time.

25-April-1918-William-RichaIMAGE RIGHT:  The private purchase shaving kit presented to Private William Richmond JUNOR, a Queensland reinforcement who left Sydney bound for France on 8 May, 1918.

William Richmond JUNOR enlisted into the AIF and was allocated the Service Number: 53345.  According to the First World War Embarkation Roll, he boarded RMS Osterley on 08 May 1918 at Port Sydney.  So when this return took place at the ANZAC Memorial, Hyde Park in Sydney, it was a very appropriate place.

Brad-Manera-ANZAC-Memorial-IMAGE LEFT: Senior Historian and Curator of the ANZAC Memorial, Brad Manera was very gracious in allowing the return of this piece of kit to take place in this most appropriate venue.  The memorial in Hyde Park Sydney is only a very short distance from where William JUNOR boarded a ship and left Australia’s shores, bound for the Western Front.

Of course, the return of war service medals to the descendants of a veteran is a wonderful thing.  But the return of such pieces which are deeply personal bits of kit, are very special indeed.  After all, campaign medals are awarded generally in peacetime after a man’s service.  Relics such as this shaving kit were carried and used by the soldier whilst on active service.

Razor-Private-William-RichmIMAGE RIGHT: The contents of the shaving kit presented to Private William Richmond JUNOR from Yorklea by F.R.W. Cam on ANZAC Day 1918.  If you are a descendant of F.R.W. Cam, then Medals Gone Missing would like to hear from you.

It was the work of two wonderful people which made this return possible.  Rodger and Bill NEWMAN are two very special men who feel very strongly about the service of our diggers.  In relation to this relic Rodger said, “I got the kit from my brother Bill when he was moving house.  He and his wife had picked it up at an auction many years ago.  It was a fantastic effort all round(in finding the descendants of William Junor)  and I now feel much happier that this item of memorabilia is back where it should be”.

William-Richard-JUNOR-SydneIMAGE LEFT: Rodger Newman (black shirt) officially presents the shaving kit of Private William Richmond JUNOR to this soldier’s great nephew, Doug Junor.  Also present was the original finder of the shaving kit, Bill Newman.  Another JUNOR descendant David Willis (white shirt) accompanied Doug for this historic hand over.

It is not known how this relic was parted from the JUNOR family.  Many relics such as this come onto the commercial market by way of desceased estate sales.

ANZAC-Memorial--First-WorldIMAGE RIGHT: Doug Junor, the Great nephew of William Richmond JUNOR holds the First World War shaving kit for the very first time.  It is moments such as these which bring relevance in modern times to events which happened 100 years ago.

It is not known what happened to the service medals of William Richmond JUNOR and it is hoped they are still in the hands of a descendant.  If you have the British War Medal or Victory Medal of Private JUNOR in your possession, we would like to hear from you.

25th-April-1918-Somme-WilliIMAGE LEFT:  Two descendants of Private William Richmond JUNOR at the ANZAC Memorial in March 2015.  Doug Junor and his nephew David Willis were thrilled to have this historically valuable piece back into their family.  Nearly 97 years earlier, their ancestor lined up on the wharves of Sydney prior to his deployment to the Western Front.  It is appropriate that they are standing below the sculptured walls which depict the 1918 battles.

Gary Traynor, the Medals Gone Missing Administrator would like to salute the decency and kindness of brothers Bill and Rodger Newman for returning this relic to the family of William Richmond JUNOR.  In an age dominated by eBay and profiteering, two men have chosen honor over financial gain and it is acts such as this which restore my faith in human nature.  Well done gentlemen.  And I would love to be standing next to Doug Junor this ANZAC Day as he proudly carries the shaving kit of one man who served his country during the Great War.

ANZAC-Memorial-Shaving-kit-IMAGE RIGHT: Medals Gone Missing Administrator (far right) with the group that came together to commemorate the service of William Richmond JUNOR.  My heartfelt thanks to the ANZAC Memorial staff and Senior Historian Brad Manera for allowing this relic return to take place in Sydney’s centre piece for commemoration.

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Reproduction Medals & Rising Sun Hat Badges available from Rogaloff Militaria

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Are your ancestor’s original medals missing? Looking for a reproduction set of medals?

Whilst Medals Gone Missing will help you to find those lost or missing war medals, many people wish to purchase a reproduction set of medals for the interim period.

Medals Gone Missing recommends Rogaloff Militaria, not only for reproduction war medals …. but for many other interesting items and collectables such as reproduction  ‘Rising Sun’ hat badges at a fraction of the price of original items.  With the Centenary of the Great War now upon us, Rogaloff Militaria can also provide commemorative items such as ‘Poppy’ lapel pins of various designs.  To check out their items for sale and see their full inventory, please CLICK HERE or visit their online store by hitting this button ROGALOFF MILITARIA

They also have an eBay store and may be found by searching for Rogaloff Militaria in eBay.

Rogaloff MilitariaIMAGE RIGHT:  Rogaloff Militaria – supplier of reproduction medals, collectables and military badges.

Rogaloff can supply all reproduction medals as “single” awards.  We can even offer a medal mounting service if you wish to have the medals court mounted for wear.  Whilst “Swing Mounted” medals were popular in days gone by, many prefer to have medals “Court Mounted” which reduces damage from impact and general wear and tear. Please contact the Medals Gone Missing Administrator for further details.

Rogaloff Militaria Rising Sun Hat BadgeIMAGE LEFT:  The Australian Rising Sun badge is iconic.  Original Rising Sun badges now sell for between $30 and $45 AUD on ebay.  Rogaloff Militaria can supply good quality reproduction Rising Sun badges (60 mm wide as worn on the Australian Slouch Hat) for a fraction of the price of the original items.

During September 2014, the Medals Gone Missing Administrator escorted a group of descendants of the 2/33rd Australian Infantry Battalion across the Kokoda Trail.  Gary presented a court mounted set of medals to Jason BOYCE in memory of his father NX94499 John Livingstone BOYCE who served with the 2/33rd Battalion.  The medals were proudly supplied by Rogaloff Militaria.

Rogaloff-Militaria-reproducIMAGE RIGHT:  The reproduction “Pacific four” medal set from Rogaloff Militaria which were presented to Jason Boyce after he walked the Kokoda Trail in honour of the 2/33rd Australian Infantry Battalion

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Gallipoli & Kokoda Medals for sale – CORFIELD & THIELE

Australian-FlagAs a rule Medals Gone Missing will never sell medals or named militaria to any party, other than direct descendants of the subject medal recipient.  After all, our sole aim is to return lost and missing war medals back to their rightful place.
However on rare occasions, Medals Gone Missing will assist in the sale of war medals for families which fall upon lean times.  In doing so, we can then encourage the new owners to consider an option of selling the items back to the family should ever another family member come forward in the future.

Lieutenant-William-CORFIELDIMAGE RIGHT:  The 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal of Gallipoli veteran, William CORFIELD.

As a result, Medals Gone Missing is assisting in the sale of medals, militaria and empheria for two South Australians who served in two World Wars.  One served at Gallipoli with the 27th Infantry Battalion and on the Western Front …. fortunately William CORFIELD survived the war.  Tragically, the  same cannot be said for 2/27th digger Percy THIELE who lost his life in the battle for Gona during December 1942.

Corporal-William-CORFIELD-2IMAGE LEFT: 1914-1915 Star impressed with the name of Corporal William CORFIELD who rose through the ranks and was promoted to Lieutenant.

William CORFIELD enlisted into the AIF and departed Australia’s shores as a member of the 27th Battalion.  His details are recorded on the First World War Embarkation Roll.  A Corporal at the time of embarkation, his service number was 289 and he boarded HMAT Geelong on 31 May 1915.  Serving on Gallipoli, William also saw action on the Western Front and was promoted through the ranks to Lieutenant.  Subsquently, 1914-1915 Star is impressed:- 289 Cpl. W. CORFIELD  27/BN A.I.F.  The British War Medal and Victory Medal are both impressed with the following details:- LIEUT. W. CORFIELD.  A.I.F.

TKD 209IMAGE RIGHT:  Badges believed to have been associated with the service of Lieutenant William CORFIELD, Australian Imperial Force.

The second lot of medals relate to a South Australian who served in the jungles of New Guinea.

Percy Arthur Charles THIELE was born in Murray Bridge South Australia and joined the 2/27th Infantry Battalion during March 1941.  He served in the New Guinea campaign and it is believed he served on the Kokoda Trail.  Sadly he lost his life on 8 December, 1942 during the battle for Gona.

Percy-THIELE-2nd-27th-BattaIMAGE LEFT: Photograph of Private Percy Arthur THIELE.  His 2/27th Infantry Battalion colour patch can be clearly seen.

The medals which were posthumously awarded to Percy THIELE consist of the 1939-1945 Star and the Defence Medal. The Pacific Star and 1939-1945 are missing from the medal set.
Both sets of medals are accompanied by items relating to the service of the respective men.  They are related to each other only by marriage and are not blood relations.  Medals Gone Missing has been informed that the seller had little financial options but to sell the medals for the maximum price.  As a result, these medals may be placed as two separate lots on eBay should a substantial offer not be forthcoming.

Percy-Arthur-Charles-THIELEIMAGE RIGHT:  The Memorial Scroll issued in commemoration of Private Percy Arthur THIELE, 2/27th Infantry Battalion.

Ideally, a collector of 27th Infantry Battalion and 2/27th Infantry Battalion awards will consider purchasing both medal sets and allow these items to be placed on public display in honour of all South Australians who have served.

Gona-Percy-Arthur-THIELE-19IMAGE LEFT:  The 1939-1945 Star of Percy Arthur THIELE and Defence Medal.  As can be seen, the Star has the incorrect ribbon attached.

 

 

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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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