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

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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 505.  He served with the 7th Australian Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force and tragically was killed in action on 25 April 1915 somewhere on North Beach near Anzac Cove.

A blank First World War Memorial Plaque, similar to that commissioned in memory of Trafford Cyril PETTIGREW.  Trafford served with the 7th Australian Infantry Battalion, AIF and he was tragically killed in action at Gallipoli on 25th April 1915.  Can you help this family recover Trafford's lost Memorial Plaque.

A blank First World War Memorial Plaque, similar to that commissioned in memory of Trafford Cyril PETTIGREW. Trafford served with the 7th Australian Infantry Battalion, AIF and he was tragically killed in action at Gallipoli on 25th April 1915. Can you help this family recover Trafford’s lost Memorial Plaque.

The plaque was taken by deception from my father, Joseph Cyril Pettigrew, in Sydney around 2000-2003, before he died. The person involved purported to represent some sort of museum and took the plaque on loan for a display. My father, an ex-serviceman VX21279, was in his eighties.

Also missing, although I believe legitimately to have been lost, are Traff’s Trio consisting of the 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. In 2018 the Department of Defence Honours and Awards section were gracious enough to allow me to claim Traff’s Commemorative Medallion as his nearest surviving next of kin. To me, the plaque represents not only Trafford Cyril’s bravery and sacrifice,  but also the sons, uncles and cousins that were never to be.

 

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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.
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