Detective searches for relatives of Australian WWII veteran after finding his war medals inside furniture

Hunt for relatives of Australian WWII veteran after his war medals are found hidden in furniture bought at garage sale

  • A retired detective found a set of war medals belonging to a WWII veteran
  • He recently found the medals in furniture he bought over 10 years ago
  • They are believed to belong to WWII veteran David Bruce Welsford, who died in 2001
  • The detective presented the medals to the police officers who are now looking for relatives

A former detective’s discovery of war medals hidden in furniture he bought more than a decade ago has prompted a search for relatives of a World War II veteran.

A retired police officer, who worked for Victoria Police for more than 30 years, bought the furniture at a garage sale in Doncaster, Melbourne’s east, more than 10 years ago.

But it was only recently that he found a set of four war medals inside the cabinet, believed to belong to World War II veteran David Bruce Welsford.

A former detective’s discovery of war medals hidden in furniture he bought more than a decade ago has prompted a search for relatives of a WWII veteran

The set of medals awarded to Mr. Welsford for his service includes the Pacific Star, the War Medal, the 1939-45 Star and the Australian Service Medal 1939-1945.

David Bruce Welsford was born in 1924 and died in 2001, his last known address being in Doncaster.

He was married to Lorrie Welsford, who died in 1999.

The couple are thought to have never had children, but Ms Welsford may have had children from a previous marriage.

The set of medals awarded to Mr. Welsford for his service includes the Pacific Star, the War Medal, the 1939-45 Star and the Australian Service Medal 1939-1945.

The set of medals awarded to Mr. Welsford for his service includes the Pacific Star, the War Medal, the 1939-45 Star and the Australian Service Medal 1939-1945.

Police have confirmed that Mr Welsford has lived his entire life in Melbourne’s east and northeast.

The retired detective presented the medals at his local police station in Warrandyte last Tuesday.

Police are now appealing to the public to help locate relatives of Mr Welsford.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Warrandyte Police Station on (03) 9844 3231.

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