The war service medals of Driver Basil William GRAY are missing and his family are desperately trying to locate them. The missing medals consist of the First World War British War Medal and Victory Medal.
These missing medals were stolen decades ago, during a burglary in Oyster Bay, Sydney during late 1974 or early 1975. It is hoped that the person responsible pawned or sold the Great War medals, rather than simply throw them away. Now, nearly 50 years later it is hoped the medals are sitting in a collection somewhere with the current owner having no idea of the theft, nor the fact that Basil’s grandchildren are desperately trying to recover them.
There is nothing remarkable about Basil’s service, other than the fact that this man gave up the luxuries and benefits of civilian life to serve his country. As a driver in the 7th Field Company Engineers, he risked death through enemy artillery bombardments and disease through service abroad. Indeed it appears he contracted malaria in Egypt whilst awaiting embarkation to Europe. So if you are a collector or know of the whereabouts of these missing war medals, you may be kind enough to sell them back to his descendants and put the minds of a country family at rest.
Please contact volunteer Medals Gone Missing Administrator Gary Traynor on 044 969 2401 or through this website if you have any information or can assist in any way.