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Gary Traynor is the volunteer Administrator of the Militaria based website MEDALSGONEMISSING. The aim of this "NOT FOR PROFIT" website is to reunite families, with lost War Medals and other items of militaria. Anything from medals to items of uniform. What Gary refers to as their "lost heritage". He has been actively involved in the Militaria world and researching of Military History for well over 30 years. As a result, Gary also conducts valuations and offers advice on all items of militaria. He has acted as advisor to a number of television and Foxtel productions; including Sir Tony Robinson's "Tour of Duty" series which featured on the History Channel. Gary is a field historian and conducts tours to Gallipoli, The Western Front, Kokoda and many other major battle sites around the world. He was a member of the Australian Army Reserve (UNSWR & 4/3 RNSWR) and served for 23 years with the New South Wales Police Force. He is perhaps the only person who has been employed at the Australian War Memorial in all three capacities .... as a volunteer, part time and full time employee .... starting as a qualified tour guide, working in the public galleries as an Information Assistant and finally Assistant Curator in Military Heraldry & Technology. Medalsgonemissing is a website that will assist you in locating your family's lost war medals and other awards. If you have an ancestor who served in any of the British Commonwealth Armed Services at any time - and whose medals are lost/stolen or simply missing....then so long as the medals are out there - this site will help you to locate them. However the site also contains articles of interest in relation to Military History, War Memorials & Uniforms / kit. Please explore our website as there is sure to be something of interest to you.

Missing First World War Memorial Plaque – Trafford Cyril PETTIGREW – 7th Battalion AIF Gallipoli – Can you help?

Tweet I am searching for the missing First World War Memorial Plaque (colloquially but incorrectly known as a ‘Death Plaque’) which was commissioned in memory of Trafford Cyril PETTIGREW. Trafford Cyril PETTIGREW is my great-uncle and his service number was … Continue reading

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Missing General Service Medal 1793-1814 with Maida Clasp to Donald GRANT sought by family – Can you help?

Tweet The descendants of Donald GRANT are searching for his missing General Service Medal 1793-1814 awarded for his participation in the Battle of Maida. Donald GRANT was born in Nigg, Scotland. He fought at the Battle of Maida and received … Continue reading

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Are you related to Private John HENDERSON who served in the British Machine Gun Corps during World War 1?

Tweet Are you related to a British soldier named John HENDERSON who served in the British Army during the Great War?  The man whose descendants we are looking for served in the Machine Gun Corps and Medals Gone Missing Chief … Continue reading

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Mons Star trio are missing to BEF ‘Old Contemptibles’ James CARR – Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers – Can you help?

Tweet The family of James CARR, son of  William Carr and husband of Annie Carr, of John Street, Downpatrick, (County Down) are searching for his missing First World War Medals. This medal set consists of the 1914 Star (colloquially referred … Continue reading

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Waterloo Medal of James SPARKES is sought by family – Can you help?

Tweet Over the years, on many occasions we at Medals Gone Missing have heard ‘medal and militaria’ dealers remark “Well, the family did not want the medal and that is why they sold it to me”.  However that is often … Continue reading

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