War medal found, so where’s Tom’s next-of-kin?

Kawana Waters police would love to reunite this medal with its rightful owners
Kawana Waters police would love to reunite this medal with its rightful owners

IN 1918 a Victorian soldier was awarded a British War Medal for his efforts in serving in the First World War.

Almost 100 years later the precious acknowledgement of Tom Sellers' service to his country was found on the roadside at Kawana.

Kawana Waters Police are searching for Mr Sellers' next-of-kin or any connection to the veteran so they can return the medal to its rightful owner.

Property officers have searched thoroughly for information on Mr Sellers to track down his family.


The King George Medal, which was handed in without ribbons in December, is inscribed with the number 322, Pt T. Sellars (a spelling mistake of the soldier's name) 24 BN, AIF.

Police contacted the RSL Community Link coordinator in Brisbane in an effort to have the missing medal details published in their national newsletter, but still the hunt continues.

Through research, police discovered Mr Sellers, a Melbourne blacksmith, enlisted in 1915 at age 21.

He died in 1966.

His next-of-kin could not be contacted.

Police are determined to re-unite Mr Sellers' family with the medal, at this time of the centenary of the Gallipoli landing.

"The medal and Mr Sellers' history all dates back to Victoria, but somehow it has ended up here, someone must know something," a Kawana Police spokeswoman said.

Anyone with information should contact Kawana Waters Police on 5413 8700.

Topics:  anzac day first world war

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