Stolen War Medals Returned to the Family of Captain Harry Katekar – 2/27th Battalion AIF

In January, 2011 the Medals Gone Missing Administrator travelled to Adelaide, South Australia to officially return the medals of Captain Henry John “Harry” KATEKAR to his family.  Harry, who served with the 2/27th Infantry Battalion, AIF in Syria, the Kokoda Track and Gona was issued the 1939-1945 Star, Africa Star, Pacific Star, Defence Medal, 1939-1945 War Medal and the 1939-1945 Australia Service Medal.  His 1939-1945 Star bears the bronze ‘Oak Leaf’ to signify that he was “Mentioned In Dispatches”.  This medal group had been stolen from Harry’s Adelaide home during a break and enter in 1983.

IMAGE RIGHT: The Medals Gone Missing Administrator with three of Harry’s four daughters.  From left to right:-  Ann, Margaret and Jane.

Returning these missing war medals after 27 years was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.  To be welcomed into their house like an “old friend” and to share in the memory of their father, Harry KATEKAR was a very humbling experience.  And the gratitude which they showered upon me – makes all of the hard work and expense of running such a website, well worth it.

This event has also proved of interest to the media and I thank everybody involved for their help in the recovery and return of Harry’s war medals. 

To the memory of Henry John KATEKAR and the men of South Australia’s 2/27th Infantry Battalion, AIF.

IMAGE LEFT:  The story as it appeared on the website of The Canberra Times.  This story was one of a number of reports as told in newspapers around the country. (Please click on the image to enlarge).

Wish to read the full story of Captain Harry KATEKAR and the 2/27th Infantry Battalion?  Please Click Here.  Other newspaper articles, including the Adelaide Advertiser, Illawarra Mercury and The Murray Pioneer can be veiwed in the SUCCESS STORIES page of this website.

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About gary

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.
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