First World War Victory Medal of Bertram Lawrence HERDON returned after 100 years in time for Centenary – ANZAC Memorial – Ancestry.com

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The First World War Victory Medal of Major Bertram Lawrence HERDON has been returned after being missing for nearly 100 years, just in time for the Centenary of Remembrance Day.  The medal return took place at the ANZAC Memorial in Sydney Australia …. a long way from where Bertram served during the Great War.

Victory Medal awarded to then Lieutenant Bertram Lawrence HERDON who served with the Indian Army during the Great War. This medal was returned to his descendants nearly 100 years after the Great War ended.

Victory Medal awarded to then Lieutenant Bertram Lawrence HERDON who served with the Indian Army during the Great War. This medal was returned to his descendants nearly 100 years after the Great War ended.

Major Bertram HERDON served with the Indian Army during the First World War.   At this time, Bertram was a Lieutenant and his service on the Indian frontier meant that he was spared from the carnage that was the Western Front.

This Victory Medal was found during 2016 by a British medal collector Angus McLeod who was travelling through Krakow in Poland and saw the award pinned to a French uniform.  Knowing that the medal did not historically relate to that particular uniform, he managed through broken German to convince the shop owner to sell the medal separately.  When Angus returned to his home in Spain and began to research the medal recipient, he located details about Bertram Lawrence HERDON on the genealogy  website Ancestry.com and made contact.  The wonderful staff at Ancestry Australia made contact with Medals Gone Missing and this medal return then became a real international affair.

David HERDON of Australia is the great nephew of Bertram HERDON and Medals Gone Missing tracked him down using Ancestry’s resources; and the rest is history.  The medal was returned by Ancestry’s Jason Reeve at the ANZAC Memorial in Sydney, just in time for the Centenary of Remembrance Day.

Many thanks go out to Ancestry.com for this amazing piece of community service which proves they are not just into genealogy for the commercial interests.  As usual, Medals Gone Missing researcher extraordinaire Sandra Smith went above and beyond the call of duty to facilitate his medal return.

 

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Medals Gone Missing & Ancestry.com assist Queensland Police with Stolen War Medals (669 N.C. NEVITT – 1st LIGHT HORSE BRIGADE)

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When Queensland Police put out a call for help to find the owner of a set of stolen war medals, super sleuth and Chief Research Officer Sandra SMITH of Medals Gone Missing answered the call.  Proving that being in a different state is no barrier when you have the help of an organisation such as Ancestry.com behind you.  In fact, with resources such as those provided by Ancestry.com, we can help you no matter which part of the world you live!

The stolen war medal surrendered to Queensland Police. Medals Gone Missing helped return this 1914-1915 Star back to its rightful family.

The stolen war medal surrendered to Queensland Police. Medals Gone Missing helped return this 1914-1915 Star back to its rightful family.

The stolen war medals of Lieutenant Norman Crewe NEVITT were located in a garden near Redcliffe Hospital in Brisbane, Queensland.  The stolen medals were surrendered to Queensland Police in Redcliffe who made extensive inquiries with all persons whose surname matched – unfortunately with a negative result.  So in June 2018 the call for help went out Australia wide and luckily, Sandra heard a radio interview asking for assistance.  As usual, Sandra’s research backed by Ancestry.com turned up trumps and it was discovered that Lieutenant NEVITT had two daughters.  So upon discovering that one daughter married into a family named Papworth, the problem was solved and Sandra SMITH from Medals Gone Missing supplied Redcliffe Police with details of James Papworth ….. the grandson of Lieutenant Norman Crewe NEVITT.  Please click on this link to read the story put out on the myPoliceQueensland website.

When this stolen Victory Medal awarded to Lieutenant Norman Crewe NEVITT was surrendered to Queensland Police, Medals Gone Missing came to the fore and solved the mystery.

When this stolen Victory Medal awarded to Lieutenant Norman Crewe NEVITT was surrendered to Queensland Police, Medals Gone Missing came to the fore and solved the mystery.

According to records held at the Australian War Memorial (AWM) Norman NEVITT enlisted as a Private and was allocated the Service Number 669.  He was posted to the 1st Australian Light Horse Brigade Headquarters and rose through the ranks, gaining his commission as a Lieutenant.

It is stories such as this which prove that all hope is not lost – should you become the victim of some unscrupulous thief.  Medals Gone Missing were very proud to return the stolen war medals of Captain Harry KATEKAR way back in 2010 to his daughters.  The Second World War medals had been stolen 27 years earlier, so miracles do happen!  Should you lose your medals or become a victim of theft, simply report this matter to Police and then submit a listing with Medals Gone Missing.  With wonderful volunteers such as Sandra SMITH backing you up, you just never know when you will receive the call stating that your medals have been found.

The stolen war medals of Lieutenant NEVITT are returned by Police to his grandson James Papworth. Photo courtesy of Queensland Police.

The stolen war medals of Lieutenant NEVITT are returned by Police to his grandson James Papworth. Photo courtesy of Queensland Police.

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Possible Stolen First World War Medals of Raymond Stanley MARRIOTT in possession of NSW Police

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The First World War medals awarded to Raymond Stanley MARRIOTT are in the possession of NSW Police.  The Great War trio consists of the 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

The 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal, similar to those awarded to Raymond Stanley MARRIOTT who served in the 7 Field Company Engineers during the First World War.

The 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal, similar to those awarded to Raymond Stanley MARRIOTT who served in the 7 Field Company Engineers during the First World War.

The medals are impressed with his service details:- 5410 R.S. MARRIOTT 7 FCE

The Australian War Memorial ‘First World War Embarkation Roll’ states that he left Australia on board HMAT Hororata as a reinforcement to the 1st Divisional Ammunition Column.  As indicated by the impression on his war service medals, he later transferred to the 7 Field Company Engineers.

Australian War Memorial First World War Embarkation Roll containing the details of Raymond Stanley MARRIOTT. Are you a descendant of this man?

Australian War Memorial First World War Embarkation Roll containing the details of Raymond Stanley MARRIOTT. Are you a descendant of this man?

As of this date (16 October 2018) , these medals are currently in possession of NSW Police.  If these medals belong to your family or you are a direct descendant of Raymond Stanley MARRIOTT, please contact Medals Gone Missing via this website or telephone 044 969 2401 for further details.

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Missing First World War Mercantile Marine Medal of Mahomed GAMA sought by family – Can you Help?


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The descendants of a Merchant Navy Serviceman Mahomed GAMA are searching for his missing Mercantile Marine War Medal and British War Medal.  Can you help?

We know that the medals are ‘out there’ somewhere, as the First World War Mercantile Marine War Medal was sold on Saturday 15th March 2014 by Lockdale’s Coins & Collectibles Limited at their auction in Ipswich, Suffolk. The medal also appeared in the Lockdales online auction catalogue and was listed on their website (one page 37 of their auction catalogue)

The missing First World War Mercantile Marine War impresses MAHD. GAMA. medal as it appeared on the eMedals website. If you purchased this medal, would you kindly consider selling it back to the family?

The missing First World War Mercantile Marine War impresses MAHD. GAMA. medal as it appeared on the eMedals website. If you purchased this medal, would you kindly consider selling it back to the family?

Both of these medals went missing from their family sometime ago and they are deeply distraught that they are no longer in their possession.  The British War Medal and Mercantile Marine Medal are named to their grandfather Mahomed Gama (the actual impression on the edge of the medals is MAHD. GAMA.)

A grandson to Mahomed GAMA contacted www.emedals.com in relation to the Mercantile Marine War Medal which they had listed on their website. They confirmed they knew where the medal was located and the identity of the buyer, however, under privacy laws they were unable to share the buyer’s contact details. This organisation indicated they would forward a contact request and information onto to the buyer after which nothing was heard.  Subsequently the descendants made further contact with eMedals and they furthermore advised “it’s up to the buyer to contact you”. Unfortunately, with the passage of time – no response has been received from eMedals (on behalf of the buyer) or the actual buyer themselves.  This is a disappointing result from eMedals and Medals Gone Missing would like to speak with a representative from this organisation who may be willing to assist?

 As can be imagined, the descendants have tried on numerous occasions to seek help from emedals, however eMedals deleted the page along with the three images of the War Medal from their website (for item GB5300) and blocked the descendants on Facebook messenger.

If you are the current owner of either the British War Medal or the Mercantile Marine War Medal awarded to Mahomed Gama (MAHD. GAMA.) it is emplored by his descendants that you kindly consider selling the medals back to their family.

Please contact Medal Gone Missing via this website if you can help.  Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

FOOTNOTE:- During the Great War, Mahomed GAMA served under the British Flag.  The Indian national flag as pictured above did not come into existence until 1947 and is for reference only.

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Missing War Medals of Thomas Charles GORDON – Motor Torpedo Boats – Can you help?

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My family is trying to locate the war medals of my grandfather – Thomas Charles GORDON.  Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Like far too many veterans who gave the best years of their life for the war effort; my grandfather unfortunately became an alcoholic after the war – it is believed alcohol helped him forget. He never drank before the war.  Sadly things became so grim in his life that he sold his medals to purchase alcohol. We would love to get his medals back to pass down through the generations so what he did is never forgotten.
His personal details are as follows:- Thomas Charles GORDON
Date of Birth  30/03/1916  Place of Birth – Sutton
Date of Death   24/07/1999  Place of Death – Cheam
Service Number – PMX69704
Rank – Acting Chief Motor Mechanic
Motor Torpedo Boats.
Service/Regiment/Corps on Enlistment  HM MTB35,    HM MTB38, HM MTB218, HM MTB48.
He received the following war medals:-
-The Distinguished Service Medal “For courage and skill in an attack on an Enemy Convoy in the English Channel in which one supply ship was sunk and three enemy ships were damaged.”
-1939-45 Star
-Atlantic Star
-Defence Medal
-War Medal 1939/45
– I have also applied for the Artic Star which we are unsure if he is entitled at this stage.
Newspaper clipping telling of our grandfather's death.

Newspaper clipping telling of our grandfather’s death.

It is believed  the Distinguished Service Medal was auctioned off by Dix Noonan Webb on 16th October 1996.  Whilst my family fully understands that these missing war medals are now in the hands of a collector who values our grandfather’s medals, we implore that you kindly consider selling these medals back to our family or making contact with us via the Medals Gone Missing website.
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