National Army Museum, Waiouru, New Zealand : Military History & Army War Museum

The Journey to Find the Rightful Owners

 
Keily Evans and Matt Sale (middle) of the Public Trust present the medals to Assistant Curator Heraldry, Liz Mildon. Also pictured on right, Col (Rtd) Ray Seymour.

Keily Evans and Matt Sale (middle) of the Public Trust present the medals to Assistant Curator Heraldry, Liz Mildon. Also pictured on right, Col (Rtd) Ray Seymour.

The National Army Museum recently became part of the Public Trust’s ‘The Rightful Owners’ campaign when we accepted the donation of a WWII medal group from the Public Trust last month.

The campaign involved a variety of 12 personal items found by the Public Trust and all containing clues to the item’s past such as names and engravings. The items were all rich in history and the campaign aimed to uncover the interesting personal stories attached to each item and with this the journey began to find their rightful owners.

The campaign helps to show the value of family treasures and to recognise the importance of looking after family memorabilia to ensure history is not lost.

One of the items was a WWII medal group including the War Medal 1939-45 and the N.Z. War Service Medal.

The journey to find out more about the medal group believed to be owned by Bruce Wilfred Temperton took an intriguing turn with the help of keen researcher Col (Rtd) Ray Seymour. It was discovered that these medals were not actually awarded to Bruce Temperton who served in New Zealand with the Territorial Force (T.F.) and the New Zealand Temporary Service (N.Z.T.S.) and hence the journey lead to the medals being donated to the Museum.

Browsing through the draws of the Medal Repository

Browsing through the draws of the Medal Repository

The National Army Museum has a comprehensive display of heraldry including over 10,000 medal groups attributed to specific soldiers on display in a specially designed Medal Repository which is also home to a Valour Alcove containing 14 Victoria Crosses, one New Zealand Cross, an Albert Medal and two George Crosses.

The Museum wishes to thank Kiely Evans and Matt Sale of the Public Trust for choosing the Museum as the repository for these medals.