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Lismore buried veteran’s war medals turn up in Brisbane home

Leonard William Johnson's war medals have been found in a Brisbane home. Now the search is on for his surviving family.
Leonard William Johnson's war medals have been found in a Brisbane home. Now the search is on for his surviving family.

THE search is on for the surviving family of a Second World War veteran buried in Lismore, whose forgotten war medals have turned up in a Brisbane home.

Brisbane woman Dian Ruddell contacted The Northern Star this week about the four service medals, which she found while clearing out her mother's home.

The medals belonged to Leonard William Johnson, who was buried in Lismore crematorium after his death in 1970.

Mr Johnson was born in Toowoomba in 1912 but moved to Murwillumbah with his new wife, Ms Ruddell's paternal grandmother, Rosa Denning (who had already born children in her first marriage), in 1950.

Mr Johnson lived there for two decades until his death at 57, where for unknown reasons he was taken to Lismore for burial.

Mr Johnson's death notice appeared in The Northern Star on November 11, 1970.

In an effort to see the medals go to their rightful home, Ms Ruddell has already contacted the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, and the national branch of the RSL.

The RSL are contacting the Lismore and Toowoomba RSL sub-branches with the information and have put Mr Johnson's name into the lost and found medals section of their magazine.

Leonard William Johnson's war medals have been found in a Brisbane home. Now the search is on for his surviving family.
Leonard William Johnson's war medals have been found in a Brisbane home. Now the search is on for his surviving family.

 

"This is my dad's stepdad, so he would have inherited back in 1988 when my grandmother died," Ms Ruddell said.

"I was only one when he died so I didn't actually know him."

"They don't mean anything to us, but it would be nice for a family member somewhere to have those medals. We want to see them go to a good home."

Any people with knowledge of Mr Johnson or his family are asked to email Ms Ruddell on denning04@hotmail.com.

Topics:  lismore, medals, veteran



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