A person I know did serve overseas, but I cannot find him showing up on the rolls.
Answer: Have you checked the ‘Errata’ listings? Some of the original entries have been amended. You will find the correct entries in the ‘Errata’ list.
I’d like to hear a bit more about the medals that veterans may have been entitled to. Can you tell me more?
Answer: The British Commonwealth War and Campaign Medals Awarded to New Zealanders who served in World War II (1939-1945) are:
The 1939-1945 Star, the Atlantic Star, the Air Crew Europe Star, the Africa Star, the Pacific Star, the Burma Star, the Italy Star, the France and Germany Star, the Defence Medal and the War Medal 1939-1945.
Information on all of these medals can be found here. Note: Service in a specific operation within the wider campaign area is often recognised by the award of a clasp engraved with the name of the specific area or activity. An example is The Africa Star which has three clasps, 1st Army, 8th Army and North Africa 42-43.
The New Zealand Service Medal was also awarded by New Zealand for World War II service.
The New Zealand Memorial Cross (King George) was awarded to those who were killed on active service during WW II, or who subsequently died of wounds.
Recently the New Zealand Defence Service Medal was struck. Some World War II vets who undertook service with the territorials back here in NZ, post war, or who went on to join J-Force may qualify. Applications are currently being invited from qualifying ex vets and their families.
In 1996 service by J-Force personnel was recognised by New Zealand with the issue of the New Zealand Service Medal 1946-1949. Many J-Force members may also qualify for the New Zealand Defence Service Medal. Applications are currently being invited from ex J-Force members and their families.
Foreign awards to individual New Zealanders during the Second World War included the Croix de Guerre (Belgium, France), the Military Cross (Greece), the Air Medal (USA), the Bronze Star (USA), the Legion of Merit (USA) and the Distinguished Flying Cross (USA). A small number of New Zealanders received gallantry or meritorious service awards from Czechoslovakia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, the USSR and Yugoslavia.
Information on British Commonwealth Gallantry, Meritorius and Distinguished Service Awards is to be found here.
Some veterans may well have received post war one of another group of Good Conduct and Long Service medals, awarded for a specified length of unblemished service.