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A Tunneller's British War Medal Home Again

A British War Medal, awarded to Tunneller - Corporal Andrew Ross FAULKNER has found its way home again.  All through the generosity of an anonymous person who simply wanted to do something nice for the descendants of this man who joined the AIF very late in life.

In June 2011, Medals Gone Missing was contacted by a lovely lady who simply stated that she wanted to return a British War Medal from the Great War to a direct descendant of Corporal Andrew Ross FAULKNER.  This lady, who wished to remain anonymous indicated that she could not recall how the medal came to be in her possession, but she had kept the medal safe since she was a child and would like to have it returned to its rightful place.  She indicated a vague memory that the medal may have once been in the possession of her grandfather at one time.

 

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IMAGE ABOVE: The British War Medal which was awarded to Corporal Andrew Ross FAULKNER.  As can be seen, the medal is missing the 'hanger bar' from which the medal ribbon is supported.  Also, one arm of the hanger is bent slightly in a downwards fashion.  Is it possible that the medal was being worn by Andrew when the hanger came loose and the medal fell unnoticed from his chest?  One can only speculate.

As a result of the medal listing on the Medals Gone Missing website, we were contacted by Mr Wayne FAULKNER who is a direct descendant of Andrew Ross FAULKER during January 2012.  Contact was made with the good Samaritan who was in possession of the British War Medal and true to her word, this lady agreed to surrender the medal.  This she handed over free of any charge or profit, still wishing to keep her identity secret.  It is generosity like this which maintains our faith in human nature.

And the descendants of Corporal Andrew Ross FAULKNER could not have been happier!

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WW2 Brush of Donald Elkie McLAREN returned to family

When Medals Gone Missing first began operations, it was anticipated that apart from missing War Service Medals - other items may occasionally come to hand for which an owner may be identified.  It is simply amazing what crops up every now and again that is engraved with a serviceman's name.  Point at hand is this 'valet' brush which was presented to Donald Elkie McLAREN in appreciation of his military service during World War Two.

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IMAGE ABOVE:  The silver valet brush (gentleman's clothes brush) which was give to Staff Sergeant Donald Elkie McLAREN by his peers after the Second World War.  The brush bears the inscription:- "Presented to D.E. McLAREN by Motor Cycle Division S.J.A.B. in appreciation ACTIVE SERVICE 1939-45 WAR"  The initials 'S.J.A.B.' of course, referring to the St John Ambulance Brigade.

This brush was discovered on ebay and purchased by the Medals Gone Missing Administrator during October 2010.  Almost twelve months later, we were contacted by a descendant of Donald who indicated that his descendants would love to have this item back in their family and the brush was purchased back at the ebay price which was paid.

The brush was then presented to a cousin of Donald McLAREN at a family function.  This cousin, Stan McLAREN was himself a veteran of the Second World War and was celebrating his 96th birthday.

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IMAGE ABOVE:  Donald's cousin, 96 year old Stan McLAREN receives the clothes brush from his daughter, Jenny ANDREW at a family celebration in Cowra during March 2012.  A story about Donald Elkie McLAREN will be posted once it has been approved for publication by his family.

 



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