Pri­vate Cle­ment Joseph Skelly’s medals

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.

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