Over the years we have been joined by a group of donors who kindly send us medals that they come across. Ted Ayers from York in WA is one of those who contacts me regularly with some very interesting medals.
This time he sent me two WWII medals awarded to VX6044 Charles Leslie Gay. Charles was a Victorian and as far as I can determine lived there his whole life. How his medals turned up in WA is anyone's guess.
While I did have his details from the electoral rolls it was Charles' and his daughter's death notice that gave me the best clues. The death notices lead me to Colin who is Charles' grand son. I spoke to Colin tonight and will send him he medals in the near future.
The returned medal tally is now 2135.