Family War Medals

War, whilst nothing one should encourage or be proud of, has 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 acts of gallantry and years of service.

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.

Edwin Malkin 1886 - 1966

Edwin served in all three Armed Forces, The Royal Naval Reserve and Royal Army. The 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 in Waipukurau which he accepted and his Commission was transferred to the RNZAF  December 1943. Whilst he 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. 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 has 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 it has not been issued. Family are making application for the issue of the medal, which will be mounted alongside his other medals appropriately.


When Edwin died his medals went to his third youngest daughter (Edna Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Corbishley) who passed them on to her daughter (Toni) who passed them to her nephew (Andrew O). After many years they have been passed into the care of Edwin’s youngest son, John. John’s second eldest son, Derek,  has had them remounted and along the way has found out the 1914-1915 Star that was mounted alongside Edwin’s other medals may not have been Edwin’s. One reason for this is the medal itself has had the name and service number 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. There is now some further evidence supporting Edwin may have been entitled to the 1914-1915 Star, which family are currently pursuing earnestly.


One will note that the name on the ‘Award Card’ (pictured top right) 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. 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.  The writer has it on good authority that names were commonly misspelt or misread AND that it was most uncommon to have a medal and it NOT being recorded or the ‘Award Card’.War

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. Am hoping family may have further.


You will see her ‘Medals & Bars’ in one of the photos above, and to the right cleaned up as best possible.


Note: These images are from the National Archives UK and  are copyright to them.

Florence Esther Malkin Red Cross Proficiency Medals
Florence Esther Malkin Red Cross Medals (Rear)