Private Clement Joseph Skelly’s medals
When found, Clement Skelly had three war medals in his pocket, a Queen’s South Africa medal, 1914/15 Star and a British Victory medal. His file shows he was entitled to and had been issued with a British War medal but it was not found with him.
These medals were sent to the Chief of Defence Force by Lachlan Ross of Dunedin in June 2013 after he had been holding them for more than 40 years. They were in a small envelope inside a chocolate box he recovered from his father’s estate in Hawera. His father, Lachlan Angus Ross, had been a police officer in the Waikato during the 1930s and retired to Hawera in 1949 where he died more than 40 years ago. The medals were found recently when Ross Jr decided to pack up and distribute his father’s possessions. He gifted the medals to the United Services Medal Collection Trust with the request that Skelly’s story be told.
Ross Jr knew nothing of the background to these medals. It is not known for certain how Ross Snr ended up with the medals.