Missing war medals of Francis William BYROM – 5th Australian Light Horse Regiment – Can you help?

Australian-FlagThe First World War medals awarded to Francis William BYROM sold on eBay way back in 2011. And his descendants have absolutely no idea how or why the medals left their family … however it is believed they may have formed part of a deceased estate.

The 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal, similar to those awarded to Francis William BYROM who served in the 5th Light Horse Regiment during the First World War.

The 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal, similar to those awarded to Francis William BYROM who served in the 5th Light Horse Regiment during the First World War.

Francis William BYROM was awarded the 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal for his service in the Great War.

According to the First World War Embarkation Roll – Francis William BYROM was allocated the Service number 1387, Rank Private and served with the 5 LHR [Light Horse Regiment] – 11 to 14 Reinforcements (October 1915 – January 1916) Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918 Date of Embarkation 04 October 1915 Place of embarkation Sydney Ship Embarked On HMAT Mashobra A47.  He served with the Light Horse in the Sinai-Palestine campaign and was discharged in Australia on the 27th of June, 1919.

Commemorative Plaque for Francis William BYROM;  5th Australian Light Horse Regiment.  His medals are desperately being sought by his descendants.   Can you help?

Commemorative Plaque for Francis William BYROM; 5th Australian Light Horse Regiment. His medals are desperately being sought by his descendants. Can you help?

Due to an unfortunate split in the family, the only daughter of Francis lost contact with her father when she was quite young. Francis moved to Brisbane and eventually passed away in Queensland on the 25th January 1974.  In accordance with this, it is believed that the missing British War Medal and Victory medal both became part of the deceased estate, hence the medals being listed for sale by an unknown person on eBay.

The British War Medal and Victory Medal, similar to those missing war medals awarded to Francis William BYROM and sold on eBay Australia during 2011. They are now in the hands of an unknown buyer. Would you consider kindly selling them back to his family? If so, please contact Medals Gone Missing.

The British War Medal and Victory Medal, similar to those missing war medals awarded to Francis William BYROM and sold on eBay Australia during 2011. They are now in the hands of an unknown buyer. Would you consider kindly selling them back to his family? If so, please contact Medals Gone Missing.

The medals which formed the eBay sale during 2011 were a broken set; with only the British War Medal and Victory Medal being listed in the online auction.If you were the purchaser of these medals back in 2011, then Medals Gone Missing would be very grateful to hear from you.  His grand children would be prepared to compensate the current owner if you would generously consider returning them back to the family so that they can commemorate his service.

In addition, if any person knows the whereabouts of the 1914-1915 Star awarded to Francis William BYROM, please contact the team from Medals Gone Missing and we will gladly put you in contact with his descendants.

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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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