Missing Medals of Private Frederick Edgar WILLIAMS – 16th Infantry Battalion AIF

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The descendants of Private Frederick Edgar WILLIAMS are searching for his missing First World War service medals and Memorial Plaque.

Private Frederick Edgar WILLIAMS served with the 16th Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force (AIF) during the Great War.  His Service Number was 4961 and he boarded HMAT Ulysses (A38) on 01 April 1916 at Fremantle.

WW1 trio black backgroundIMAGE RIGHT: The 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal similar to the missing medals of Frederick Edgar WILLIAMS.  Can you help this family recover these lost medals?

Sadly, Frederick was killed in action on 25/06/1918 in France.  He was the son of Alice and Charles Lathan Williams; husband of Madge A. Williams, of 232, Edward St., Brunswick East, Victoria, Australia. Native of Ballarat, Victoria.  According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission records, Frederick lies buried in DAOURS COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, about 10 kilometres east of Amiens and is north-west of Villers-Bretonneux.

The missing war service medals were last seen in Melbourne circa 1938 /1939 and it is hoped that somebody knows of the whereabouts of these awards.

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Are you related to Major John Frederick MILLER? – Second World War – Vietnam War

Australian-FlagThe Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (Vietnam Star) pertaining to Major John Frederick MILLER (Service Number 27234) has come into our possession. John served during the Second World War and his service number was QX42382. According to the World War Two Nominal Roll, John served in the AMF (Australian Military Force) under the service number Q141624.  He later joined the AIF and was allocated the service number QX42382.  With such a low service number, he must have shown fine leadership qualities as he completed his service with the rank of Captain.   John’s posting on discharge was MGO Branch Design Section (Master General of Ordnance Branch Design Section).

John-Frederick-MILLER-SeconIMAGE RIGHT:  The World War Two Nominal Roll, showing the service details of QX42382 John Frederick MILLER during the 1939-1945 conflict.

Without a thorough search of his service history, it is not known if John Frederick MILLER continued to serve in reserve after his discharge in 1945.  However John  served with the Royal Australian Artillery during the Vietnam War and attained the rank of Major.  Records indicate he served in Vietnam under the service number 27234.

Major-John-Frederick-MILLERIMAGE LEFT:  The Honours and Awards records, reflecting the fact that 27234 Major John Frederick MILLER was awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1971.

John Frederick MILLER was awarded the OBE in 1971, this honour appearing in the 01 January London Gazette of that year.

This Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal clearly displays his service number of 27234 on the reverse.  Being a non-Commonwealth commissioned medal, it is ‘hand engraved’ as opposed to being correctly impressed with his name.  His name has been erased however under magnification, the initials J.F.M are discernable.  It is not known how this medal left his possession and his descendants may not be aware of the existance of this medal.

Republic-Vietnam-Campaign-MIMAGE RIGHT:  The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, of the type awarded to Major John Frederick MILLER of the R.A.A.

This medal is not for general sale and will only be returned to his direct descendants upon strict proof of relationship.  Medals Gone Missing has sought the assistance of Ancestry.com in a bid to locate a descendant of this fine officer.  Please CLICK HERE to visit Ancestry.com

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Are you related to William Richmond JUNOR from Casino NSW?

Australian-FlagIf your ancestor served during the First World War and his war service medals are missing, it would be reasonable to assume the missing medals are out there “somewhere”.  But if you are very lucky, it is also possible that a small memento or piece of personal kit pertaining to your ancestor may have survived and is simply laying around – waiting to be discovered.  If your family is luckier still, that piece of memorabilia will fall into the hands of a decent person who is willing to forgo the chance of making a quick buck on ebay.

William-Richard-Junor-RMS-OIMAGE RIGHT: The ‘private purchase’ shaving kit awarded to William Richmond JUNOR who was born in Casino, New South Wales and joined the AIF in 1918.  Is he an ancestor of yours?

For the family of William Richmond JUNOR, one very decent chap is  wishing to make your “Centenary of ANZAC” a memorable one. A metal shaving kit attributable to Private William Richmond JUNOR has surfaced and Rodger (from the Illawarra) would like to have it returned to his descendants.

William Richmond JUNOR was a dairy farmer by trade before the First World War.  He was born in Casino – New South Wales on 11 August, 1879 which made him 38 years of age when he enlisted into the Australian Imperial Force.  An “old man” by recruitment standards.  His father was William W. JUNOR, also from Casino.

Razor-Private-William-RichmIMAGE LEFT:  The metal shaving kit of William Richmond JUNOR.

According to the First World War Embarkation Roll, William Richmond JUNOR boarded RMS Osterley at Port Sydney and departed Australia on 08 May, 1918 as part of 1 to 8 (Queensland) Reinforcements (May-November 1918).  He was allocated for a short time to the 9th Infantry Battalion, before being transferred to the 12th Battery of the 4 Field Artillery Brigade AIF as a driver.

William’s military career was short lived, due to peace being declared on 11 November, 1918.  Whilst a great relief to the free world, one can only ponder if William wished for a bit of adventure before the war’s end.  Being a very late enlistee, perhaps any previous attempts to enlist were thwarted by his trade within an essential service?

Private-William-Richmond-JuIMAGE RIGHT:  A close up of the engraving on the front of the shaving kit, showing the box was presented by F.R.W. Cam from Yorklea in April 1918.

The shaving kit bears the inscription “Presented to Pte W.R. JUNOR from Yorklea.  F.R.W. Cam 25.4.18″  That the item was presented on Anzac Day is of some significance.

To Rodger (and all of you people who so generously wish to return such items to their rightful family) I am sure that the descendant’s of William Richmond JUNOR will be very pleased to learn that this relic even exists!  Let alone, that you are wishing to have it restored to their family. Well done to you!

This item of militaria is not for general sale and will only be returned to the direct descendants of William Richmond JUNOR upon strict proof of relationship.

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Hepton collection offered for reluctant sale

British-&-Australian-flagsWhilst Medals Gone Missing as a rule does not broker the general sale of war service medals; the HEPTON family has made a special request for assistance.  It is with great reluctance and for personal reasons, that three sets of war medals are being offered for sale by Ian HEPTON.  The medals relate to his grandfather John Joseph HEPTON who served in the First AIF, His great uncle Thomas HEPTON who served in the British Army during the Great War and his father, Wilfred John HEPTON who served in the Second AIF during the 1939-1945 War.

IMAGE RIGHT:  Thomas-Hepton-1914-1915-StaThe 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal and Silver War Badge awarded to Thomas HEPTON of the Yorkshire Regiment.

Private Thomas HEPTON served with the Yorkshire Regiment during the Great War.  He entered France on 02 September, 1915 making him eligible for the 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal.  He was also allocated the Silver War Badge.  It was granted officers and other ranks who had served since 4 August 1914.  The badge was issued to servicemen who had been discharged on account of age, wounds or sickness, such as would render them permanently unfit for further service.  The badge, sometimes known as the Discharge Badge, Wound Badge or Services Rendered Badge, was first issued in September 1916, along with an official certificate of entitlement.  Manufactured from sterling silver, it was a lapel badge and was intended to be worn with civilian clothes. It had been the practice of some women to present white feathers to apparently able-bodied young men who were not wearing the King’s uniform. The badge was to be worn on the right breast while in civilian dress, it was forbidden to be worn on a military uniform.

John-J-Helpton-First-World-IMAGE LEFT: The First World War Medals of John Joseph HEPTON who served with the 51st Infantry Battalion, AIF.

The First World War Embarkation Roll indicates that John Joseph HEPTON left Fremantle on board HMAT Miltiades (A28) on 09 August, 1916 as a member of the 51st Infantry Battalion, AIF (Australian Imperial Force).

The World War Two Nominal Roll indicates Gunner Wilfred John HEPTON joined the Second AIF on 18 July, 1942 and was allocated the service number WX29536.  He served with the 2/7 Field Regiment and discharged on 01 November 1945.  As a result of his service, Wilfred was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, Pacific Star, 1939-1945 War Medal, 1939-1945 Australia Service Medal, 1945-1975 Australia Service Medal with Pacific Clasp and the Netherlands War Cross.  After the Second World War had ended, many Australian Servicemen who had served in the Dutch East Indies were awarded Dutch medals in recognition of their service. This last award attached to his medal bar is a bronze cross which shows Queen Wilhelmina surrounded by the text “VOOR KRIJGSVERRICHTINGEN” (For war operations).  The award was instituted on 16 March 1944.  It was awarded for participation in general war operations and/or specific war actions which were recognized by small-lettered bars on the ribbon.

Wilfred-John-Hepton-Second-IMAGE RIGHT:  The Second World War medals of Gunner Wilfred John HEPTON who served with the 2/7 Field Regiment, AIF.  The medals from left to right are:- 1939-1945 Star, Pacific Star, 1939-1945 War Medal, 1939-1945 Australia Service Medal, 1945-1975 Australia Service Medal with Pacific Clasp and the Netherlands War Cross.

It is the wish of the HEPTON family that these medals enter the hands of a reputable collector who will value the service of these three men.  For further details, please contact the Medals Gone Missing Administrator.

 

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Finding Frederick Prentice – Aboriginal Digger – winner of the Military Medal

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On the 10th of March 2008 a 1914-15 Star awarded to Indigenous digger, Frederick PRENTICE sold on ebay.

Frederick PRENTICE, Service Number 2597 was a member of the 12th Infantry Battalion, AIF during the Great War.  The First World War Embarkation Roll records his departure from Adelaide on the 26th of August, 1915 aboard RMS Morea with the rank of Private.  His service record via the National Archives of Australia indicates he arrived at Mudros during December 1915 and did not serve on Gallipoli.  This Aboriginal Australian was born in Powells Creek, Northern Territory and was the recipient of a Military Medal for his service on the Western Front; eventually attaining the rank of Corporal.  He saw considerable action including service at Pozieres, Bullecourt, The Somme and Passchendaele.  He died in Katherine in 1958 and was described as a ‘half-caste’ Maori by Police.

1914-1915-Star-Frederick-PrIMAGE RIGHT:  The First World War medal (1914-1915 Star) of Private Frederick PRENTICE who was one of many Aboriginal Australians who answered the call during the Great War.  This image appeared on the ebay listing at the time of the sale.  The research was conducted by Mostly Unsung Heroes.

The 1914-1915 Star was sold by a Sydney militaria dealer who unfortunately has an unscrupulous reputation.  Subsequently he is not prepared to assist in any way.  Medals Gone Missing is interested in contacting the winner of this auction.  We wish to point out that we have information which may interest the winner of this medal and we are not attempting to recover the award.  However, if this person is interested in selling the medal back to the descendants of Frederick PRENTICE, this may be negotiated.

Miltary-Medal-Frederick-PreIMAGE LEFT:  The Military Medal, similar to that awarded to Corporal Frederick PRENTICE, an Indigenous Australian who served in the Australian Imperial Force during the Great War.

Please CLICK HERE for a link to a story about Frederick PRENTICE.  If you would like to know more about Frederick’s history, you may contact Christine Cramer on the following email:-  cramer@staff.usyd.edu.au

PLEASE NOTE:  Medals Gone Missing wishes to point out that Colonel Neil C Smith OAM operating as “Mostly Unsung Military History Research and Publications” is a very reputable historian and is NOT the dealer referred to in the above text.  Nor is he associated with the Sydney based militaria dealer mentioned above.  Despite the fact that this emblem was not in existence during the time of the First World War, the Aboriginal flag has been used in this blog out of respect of all Indigenous Australians who have served (and continue to serve) in the Australian Armed Forces.

 

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