The 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.
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.
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 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.