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Unclaimed War Medals of Henry Arthur YOUNG Now Claimed

Here is proof that not every serviceman made a claim for his medals after the war!  In August 2010, Robert YOUNG from the United Kingdom contacted Medals Gone Missing and informed us that to the best of his knowledge, his father had never claimed his war service medals. 

Lance Sergeant Henry Arthur YOUNG (Service Number 5833397) served on Home Duties during the Second World War with the Royal Engineers; from 1940 through to 1946.  Robert asked if his father was entitled to any War Medals and despite the fact that Henry remained in Britain throughout these years - he was certainly eligible for something. 

It is a well known fact that Britain was under constant air attack from the Luftwaffe as from 1940, and from attack by flying bombs (V1 & V2 rockets) through to 1945.  Based on this information, many areas within Britain were under threat from air attack and as such, the Medals Gone Missing Administrator was of the opinion that at the very least, Henry was entitled to both the Defence Medal and the 1939-1945 War Medal.

robertyoungmedalsofhe_400IMAGE RIGHT:  Robert YOUNG with his the two "newly issued" Second World War Medals which were not claimed by his father after the cessation of hostilities.  The medal in Roberts right hand (red, white & blue ribbon) is the 1939-1945 War Medal and the award in his left hand (green, black and orange stripes) is the Defence Medal.

Being the next of kin to his father Henry; Robert wrote away to the relevant authority and in record time - the two war medals turned up.

Robert said “They both arrived in plastic presentation boxes with a gold crown on the top and on the reverse, a label with my father’s Military details. It is a shame he is not still alive so that he could see them”.  With these two war medals taking pride of place in Robert’s home, no doubt this year will be a very special “Remembrance Day” in the YOUNG household.

For those of you who are unsure if your ancestor's medals were claimed or not; it just goes to show - if you do not ask - then you shall not receive.



Missing War Medal of a Missing Father Returned to Family

Sergeant James Henry MASLIN served in the Australian 'M' Special Unit during World War Two.   Born in Ascot Vale, Victoria on the 30th of December, 1925 - he enlisted into this elite unit after spending a period of time with the amalgamated 37/52 Infantry Battalion, A.M.F (Australian Military Forces).  He remained in the army after the conclusion of the Second World War, discharging on the 16th of September, 1947.

Sadly, his family did not get to know this man and his daughter Sandra Nugent (Maslin) has not seen her father since she was 5 years old.  She has even advertised in the R.S.L. newsletter "Stand To" in an attempt to locate him.  Sandra indicated that his last known addresses were McNeil Street in West Heidelberg  and 39 Griffiths Street, West Heidelberg in the state of Victoria, Australia.

sgtjameshenrymaslinpr_400IMAGE RIGHT: Sergeant James Henry MASLIN (on left) and Private J. LUKE, circa 1944 in Atherton, Queensland.

The 1939-1945 War Medal awarded to James as a result of his war service, happened to be placed on the open market through the online auction house of ebay.  It sold on the 12th of September, 2009 and the Medals Gone Missing Administrator was actually outbid on this particular medal.  Thankfully the winning bidder was a collector by the name of Paul Dann. 

When Sandra (the daughter of James) learnt of the sale of her father's medal; she requested for Medals Gone Missing to make representations on her behalf to Paul.  In an act of extreme kindess, Paul surrended the medal to the descendants of James MASLIN ..... totally free of charge.  Paul later said, "I am always happy to return family medals.  I've done it quite a few times now and am sure that it won't be the last".  It is generous attitudes like this which gives hope to all people out there who are searching for their ancestor's lost or missing war medals.

Now that the war medal is back with the descendants of Sergeant James Henry MASLIN, the search is now on for the remainder of his missing medals.  This should consist of his 1939-1945 Star, Pacific Star and the 1939-1945 Australia Service Medal.  Can you help us to recover this medals?  If so, we would love to hear from you. 

But more importantly, can you help Sandra to learn the whereabouts of her missing father?  If you have any information that will help to put them in touch ...... or you have any information at all, please help Sandra and her family to fit the final pieces of this jigsaw together.



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