Father & Son – William LAHN and Lancell LAHN – Medals Missing from two World Wars

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The family descendants are attempting to locate the missing war service medals of their ancestors; William LAHN and his son Lancell Bernard Joseph LAHN which have been missing for over twenty years.

William LAHN, Service Number 19252 was a saddler by trade from Echuca in Victoria.  Enlisting into the AIF during April of 1917 he was entitled to the British War Medal and Victory Medal for his service during the First World War.

The British War Medal and Victory Medal similar to that awarded to 19252 William LAHN. These medals were sold by a relative many years ago and it is hoped a very kind collector may consider selling these medals back to the family.

The British War Medal and Victory Medal similar to that awarded to 19252 William LAHN. These medals were sold by a relative many years ago and it is hoped a very kind collector may consider selling these medals back to the family.

When the Second World War erupted, his son Lancell Bernard Joseph LAHN also answered the call to arms.  Lancell enlisted into the Engineers and was allocated the service number VX110551.  According to the World War Two Nominal Roll his posting upon discharge was the 11 Australian Workshops and Park Company.

The descendants of Lancell Bernard Joseph LAHN discovered that his full medal entitlement had not been claimed.  As a result, they successfully acquired his 1939-1945 Star and 1945-1975 Australia Service Medal.

It is a sad fact that sometimes members of a family see fit to sell their ancestor’s war service medals.  All too often, this is done without the full consultation or knowledge of the extended family.  It appears that the missing war medals of William LAHN and Lancell LAHN were sold circa 1994 in Bendigo, Victoria by a relative.  The missing medals were possibly sold via Nobles Auctions who have not assisted or been forthcoming in ascertaining who purchased these medals.

The colour patch of the RAE (Royal Australian Engineers) Line of Communication Units 1942-1945 as worn by Workshop and Park Companies; which may have been worn by Lancell LAHN during his service.

The colour patch of the RAE (Royal Australian Engineers) Line of Communication Units 1942-1945 as worn by Workshop and Park Companies; which may have been worn by Lancell LAHN during his service.

As a result, members of the LAHN family are seeking the First World War Medals of William LAHN and the Second World War medals of Lancell LAHN which consist of the Pacific Star, Defence Medal, 1939-1945 War Medal and 1939-1945 Australia Service Medal.

If these medals are in your collection, would you kindly consider selling these medals back to the family?

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Gary Traynor is 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 which may have been awarded or issued to their ancestors. What Gary refers to as their "lost heritage". He has been actively involved in the preservation of Militaria and the researching of Military History for well over 29 years. During his travels, he has conducted numerous study trips 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 was also priveleged to have served as a Volunteer Guide at the Australian War Memorial for a number of years. Gary now conducts tours of the Gallipoli Battlefields and the Kokoda Track in New Guinea. He leads the field in his knowledge of the beach head battlefields encompassing Buna, Gona & Sanananda. 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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