Civil & Military Medals

Wars, whilst something no-one should encourage or be proud of, have been part of history for probably as long as man has been on this earth. They are won and lost, with both ‘sides’ loosing valuable men, women, and children in (what can only be said) an indiscriminate way. To both the victors and losers medals are awarded for appreciation of service, acts of gallantry and years of service. Recording the services of those within a family is important from both a historical viewpoint and a reminder of what our forebears gave of themselves and families during such Wars. Throughout the family there was also a display of community service such as Scouting and the Red Cross. ‘Medals’ and or Certificates were awarded to those who gave of their time in these various organisations. Whilst a new project for the writer, the intention of this page will be to honour those in the Malkin Family Line who have been awarded such medals and honours.

Edwin Malkin 1886 - 1966

When Edwin died his medals went to his third youngest daughter Edna Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Corbishley. They passed on to her daughter (Toni) who passed them to her nephew Andrew O’Donnell. After many years they have been passed into the care of Edwin’s youngest son, John. John’s second eldest son, Derek, dismantled the ‘case’ and medals getting them cleaned up and remounted. The 1914-1915 Star that was mounted alongside Edwin’s other medals we believe is not Edwin’s. First off whilst the medal has ‘R. Suss: R.’ the  inscribed the name and service number have been amateurishly scratched off. Further research as best one can seems to prove Edwin was not actually ‘entitled’ to this medal so it has not been re-mounted. If other evidence comes to light proving Edwin was indeed entitled to this Star it will be mounted and worn by family.

These medals currently reside with Derek J Malkin and should ‘Family’ wish to VEIW them Application may be made via this Contact Form

General Info

Edwin served in all three Armed Forces. Able Seamen Edwin Malkin Snr & Dick Leggatt RNVR Circa 1907Whilst in England he served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve with his cobber Randolf “Dick” Leggatt serving on HMS Powerful. He joined the Royal Sussex Regiment soon after the outbreak of War but was not sent to the front until Jan 1917. This is evidenced by references, in his Memoirs, to his eldest daughters second birthday and his own 31st birthday. After moving to New Zealand and WWII had got under way, Edwin joined up with the ‘Home Guard’ in Waipukurau. He was elected as the Company Sergeant Major, later appointed the Adjutant, then attached to the ‘Home Guard’ Staff on Army Pay in a temporary position. Edwin was interviewed in October 1943 for the position of Officer Commanding the Air Training Corps Squadron being formed in Waipukurau which he accepted and his ‘Home Guard’ Commission was transferred to the RNZAF in December 1943.


Whilst Edwin did not receive any medals for gallantry, he was awarded service medals for his service in WW1 these being the British War Medal and Victory Medal. One will note that the name on the ‘Award Card’ is Edward Malkin, yet the service numbers 4959 & G/16637 are Edwin Malkins’ service numbers. Also on the ‘Medal Record (below) his service numbers are correct yet the name incorrect. The writer has it on good authority that names were commonly misspelt or misread AND that it was most MALKIN_Edwin_Snr_I15-Royal_Sussex_Regiment_Arras_ France_abt_October_1917uncommon to have a medal and it NOT being recorded or the ‘Award Card’. Edwin himself actually makes mention of a third service number which is 1313 and issued when he first joined the army. The writer has yet to find any other ‘Service Records’ apart from those shown here, so is not able to confirm that third Service Number.

NZ Military Service

He was later awarded ‘Service Medals’ for his service in the NZ Defence Forces, the 1939 -1945 War Medal and the New Zealand War Service Medal. Further research MALKIN Edwin Snr NZ Military Temp Staff Homeguard circa 1940” brought to light that Edwin was entitled to the New Zealand Defence Service Medal with clasp “Regular”. Edwin may not have been aware of his entitlement to this medal so MALKIN Edwin Snr I15 RNZAF ATC Circa 1948it was not issued. Family have made application for the issue of the medal, and now received. It is mounted alongside his other medals appropriately.

Civilian Awards

Edwin Malkin Snr Scouting Medal of MeritEdwin Malkin Snr was awarded The Boy Scouts Association ‘Medal of Merit’ for good services to the Scout Movement on the 23rd April 1953. A newspaper article from MALKIN_Edwin_I15-Boy_Scouts-Medal_of_Meritthe time suggests his interest in the Boy Scouts started when he was on active War duty in France during WW1. Edwin was 71 yrs old when the medal was presented.

Florence E Malkin (nee Beezer) 1891 - 1966

Florence ‘Florrie’ must have joined the Red Cross in the mid to late 1930’s as she has proficiency Medals and Bars showing the dates 1937 & 1938. Very little info is known about them at this point, Red Cross NZ say that most of the information surrounding the issue of these were held in ‘Regional HQs’ around the country and are probably now long gone. Certificates have been found and are now displayed below in a slide show along with her ‘Medals & Bars’. They are shown cleaned up as best possible.

Henry Corbishley 1918 - 1973

Henry Corbishley is the husband Edna Elizabeth ‘Betty’, third eldest daughter of Edwin and Florence Malkin.

F Sgt Henry Corbishley abt 1941 Henry served with the RNZAF during WWII as a Pilot. His first solo flight was in 1941 at New Plymouth. He was at the time a Flight Sergeant He was sent to Canada for further training and is it understood he flew ‘Transports’ Serving in various places including India. He reached the Rank of Flying Officer. A story floated by one of his nephews suggests Henry had a few scrapes with trees and things and one or two Aircraft were scrapped due to this. Nothing at this time is available to confirm this. But an interesting story none the less.