7 Sep 2020

Family members of Māori Battalion asked to claim medals their relatives never received

From Morning Report, 7:56 am on 7 September 2020

Seventy-five years after the end of World War II descendants of more than 130 members of the Māori Battalion's C Company are being asked to come forward and claim the war medals their family members should have got but never received.

Lawyer David Stone has put the call out on social media.

His project began a year and a half ago when he was doing research on his great uncle, Private Dooley Swann.

He told RNZ reporter Te Aniwa Hurihanganui he knew his uncle could not have been the only soldier who did not receive his medal.