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Brian Schiesser found this old war medal in a tin he bought at a garage sale in Rockhampton. Investigations trace the medal (the back is shown below) to someone in Lismore.
Brian Schiesser found this old war medal in a tin he bought at a garage sale in Rockhampton. Investigations trace the medal (the back is shown below) to someone in Lismore. Rob Williams

A GALLIPOLI Star medal found at a flea market and then tossed in a drawer for 25 years has a connection to Lismore which may help solve the mystery which surrounds it.

Brian Schiesser, 70, found a cake tin filled with pennies and beads on a Sunday morning at a Rockhampton flea market in 1987.

"I said I'd take the pennies, but (the seller) said I had to take the whole tin," Mr Schiesser said.

When he got the tin home he found the medal among the pennies and tossed it in a drawer.

He had intended taking the medal to the RSL, but forgot about it until just a few weeks ago when he once again came across it.

This time he took it to John Dredge, secretary of the Ipswich Railway RSL sub-branch.

Mr Dredge undertook some research and has since discovered the medal was awarded to Charles Neville who served in the 5th Australian Light Horse Regiment, AIF.

He was born in Sydney in 1887 and enlisted on December 1, 1914, at the age of 27.

Mr Neville listed his next of kin as his friend Margaret Scully, of Keen St, Lismore. She was living with a Mrs Jordon at the time.

He was shot in the arm at Courtney's Post at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli while advancing in a charge and returned to Australia where he attended a rehabilita- tion centre in Toowoomba before being discharged.

Ms Scully was traced to Brisbane after the First World War.

The RSL will put a ribbon on the medal and hold it in safekeeping in the hope someone from the soldier's family can be found.

The 1914-15 Gallipoli Star is a crowned four-pointed star with crossed swords and a wreath of oak leaves, with the royal cypher at the foot and a central scroll inscribed 1914-15.

The reverse of the medal is plain, except for the inscribed name and service details of the recipient.

The medal is bronze and is attached to the ribbon by a ring.

The ribbon on which it hangs is watered silk with red, white and blue stripes.

Throughout the Commonwealth more than 2.35 million Gallipoli Stars were awarded.

Anyone with information should contact Mr Dredge on 07 3281 0832.

Topics:  lismore, rsl



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