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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Missing War Medals of Squadron Leader Leonard Ernest DOWSE sought by family

British-FlagThe descendants of Squadron Leader Leonard Ernest Dowse are searching for his missing war service medals.  A veteran of the Royal Air Force, late Royal Naval Air Service, Leonard was an ex-airship hand who went on to serve as an Air Armaments Officer.

Leonard Ernest Dowse was born in Alverstoke, Hampshire in September 1888 and entered the Royal Marine Artillery in August 1906.  He then transferred to the Royal Naval Air Service in September 1912, most probably on account of his proficiency in gunnery – he scored 95% in 1907-08. Remaining employed in the U.K., he was advanced to Warrant Officer 2nd Class at the Barrow in Furness Airship Station in June 1917, where indeed he is listed as a gunnery specialist.

DOWSE leonard ernestIMAGE RIGHT:  The missing war service medals of Squadron Leader Leonard Ernest DOWSE who served with the Royal Air Force.

Granted a commission in the Royal Air Force at the War’s end, he became a Technical Officer at the Airship Base at Howden in 1920, prior to being posted to No. 84 Squadron’s at Shaiba, Iraq in March 1922, and thence to No. 2 Armoured Car Company in Palestine. Returning to the U.K. in July 1926, he was employed as Air Armament Officer at No. 10 Group, Gosport, but in December 1932 he was posted in a similar capacity to No. 216 Squadron at Heliopolis in the Middle East. Once more returning to the U.K. in 1937, when he joined No. 1 Bomber Group at Upper Heyford.

Dix Noonan and Webb auctionsIMAGE LEFT: The auction listing posted by U.K. based auctioneers, Dix Noonan and Webb.  To visit their website, please CLICK HERE

Leonard Ernest Dowse was placed on the Retired List with the rank of Squadron Leader in August 1941. He died in February 1963. My family has learned that the medals sold at auction to an unknown buyer, back in 2011. Sold by DNW (Dix Noonan Webb, 16 Bolton Street Piccadilly London). Should the current owner not wish to part with these medals, we would be most grateful just to know that they are safe and that our Great Grandfather’s war service is being respected and appreciated. Should the current owner ever decide to sell these medals, our family would be very appreciative if we could be given the first opportunity to make the purchase. Yours gratefully. Descendants of Leonard Ernest DOWSE.

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Elizabeth Ellen MURRELL – Australian Army Nurse – First World War

Australian-FlagWith the Centenary of the First World War now upon us, more and more wonderful people are wishing to return those missing war service medals back to their rightful place.  Marilyn from New South Wales in Australia is one of those persons.

Marilyn wishes to find the direct descendants of Elizabeth Ellen MURRELL.  According to the First World War Embarkation Roll, Elizabeth held the rank of Staff Nurse and was a part of that body of women who left Australia between July 1915 and November 1918 to support the Australian Imperial Force.    Elizabeth Ellen MURRELL embarked on 09 June 1917 from Port Sydney aboard RMS Mooltan for service during the First World War.

Elizabeth-Ellen-MURRELL-AusIMAGE RIGHT:  The British War Medal and Victory Medal, similar to that of Staff Nurse Elizabeth Ellen MURRELL.

The missing medal set consists of the British War Medal and the Victory Medal, which is impressed:  “S-NURSE. E.E. MURRELL AIF”.    If you are a direct descendant of Elizabeth Ellen MURRELL, please contact the Medals Gone Missing Administrator via this website.  This medal will only be returned to a descendant of Elizabeth upon strict proof of relationship.  To read an article which provides a detailed history of Australian Nurses during the Great War, please CLICK HERE 

 

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