News

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



LISTEN: Resident airs frustrations over parking debacle

Paid parking has pushed hospital commuters into suburbia, proving problematic for residents.

Parking pressures felt in suburbia of hospital precinct

Slaves in Byron: The dark side of housing crisis

Housing generic.

A darker side to Byron's economy

NSW Sport comments on Lennox Head Ski Jump

An artist impression of the Ski jump facility at Lennox Head. The size of the structure has upset locals, but it may not be as big as it appears in the artist impression.

Lennox Head Ski Jump on its four week exhibition

Local Partners

Lismore City Council to demolish much-loved Lake Pool

LISMORE City councillors have backed down from spending $2.75 million to refurbish the Lismore Lake Pool, the scene of many happy childhood memories.


First female superhero film in 12 years

AMAZON: Actress Gal Gadot in a scene from the film Wonder Woman.

Wonder Woman opens next Thursday

Stories Troy Cassar-Daley carries around

LEGEND: Troy Cassar-Daley after receiving the Golden Guitar Award for Album of the Year during the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January.

You can see him in Ballina this weekend

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

Rebel Wilson says she didn’t have to lie to make it

I’M not glamorous, but that doesn’t make me a liar: that’s the message from Rebel Wilson on her second day in the witness box.

All bets on Judah to win battle to become the Voice

Judah Kelly from The Voice.

Judah Kelly is the clear favourite to win the competition.

Kim Kardashian slammed over Manchester tribute

Kim Kardashian's tribute to Manchester didn't go down well

Top Gun 2 movie is happening, Tom Cruise confirms

Tom Cruise in a scene from the movie Top Gun.

TOM Cruise delights fans with announcement on Sunrise.

The first Baywatch movie reviews are in

From left, Jon Bass, Alex Daddario, Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson, Kelly Rohrbach, and Ilfenesh Hadera in a scene from the movie Baywatch.

Critics were less than impressed.

Boyfriend loses it over sex lie

Stacey Louise’s sex lie destroys her relationship.

SEVEN Year Switch’s Stacey told a fib about her sex life.

Why Crowe’s thankful for those ‘bulls**t’ rumours

Russell Crowe and Terri Irwin in 2007.

Crowe and Terri Irwin have been dodging dating rumours for years now

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

Slaves in Byron: The dark side of housing crisis

Housing generic.

A darker side to Byron's economy

Bonville to become new housing hub

REZONING: Large areas of Bonville have been rezoned for residential

Land rezoning will turn farmland into housing

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!