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A War-Medal's Wandering.
A War-Medal's Wandering. 
 

Western Mail, Thursday 17 August 1933, page 2

A War-Medal's Wandering.

On Anzac Day this year a South African war medal with bars was found on the Esplanade and handed to the president of the South African and Imperial Veterans' Association (Mr. E. E. Pretty) for restoration to its owner, who turned out to be Major T. A. Kidd, one-time a sergeant in the 5th W.A. Mounted Infantry.

Major Kidd, on receipt of his medal, told an interesting story. It was first "souvenired" from his kit while he was engaged with the 10th Light Horse in the severe fighting on Hill 60, on the left of Anzac. Later, he recovered it in Cairo. Soon afterwards, in February, 1916, the medal was in Colonel Tom Todd's kit, which was "lifted" by an Egyptian carrier, and Major Kidd saw no more of the emblem of service until Mr. E. C. Bartlett, vice-president of the South African and Imperial Veterans' Association, handed it to him last mouth. Naturally the major is extremely pleased with the turn of events.

Alma George, honorary secretary of the association, sent me the story. I wonder if the digger who "souvenired" the medal off the Egyptian carrier in 1916 and lost it on the Esplanade last Anzac Day will see this. If so, he could tell us the story of how he got it off Abdul. Of course, no names, no pack drill!