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New Zealand Medals Ltd

Military Antiques and Medals. Medal Mounting & Restoration

Medals for Collectors II


Both medals mounted for wearing and correctly impressed 206943 SGT D W STANDRING, with a pair of miniatures mounted as worn.

Donald William "Bill" Standring from Feilding enlisted in K Force in Jan 1952. He was posted to 161 Battery and returned to NZ in 1954. Later served in 23 Battery, 2 Field Regt, Territorial Force until 1960 - retiring as Warrant Officer / Battery Sergt Major. Died Auckland 2012

Bill Standring was a well known businessman in Fiji after his service as shown in the following Fiji Sun article.


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Written By : VASITI RITOVA. Bill Standring walked off the plane in Nadi over 20 years ago and wondered whether he could invest in the place.

He had saved some money and was looking for places to spend it on.

After a successful outing as a hotelier in Wanganui, New Zealand, where he lived with his family, Bill decided it was time to take a crack at his chances a bit.

That was way back in 1974.

Bill walked around in Nadi and found only one hotel in Namaka, at least five minutes from the airport.

He found that the next one, Skylodge, was located further down the road.

“There was nothing else in between or everywhere around,” he says.

That’s when he decided he wanted to purchase Melanesian Hotel.

Bill had “a fair bit” of experience with him when he touched down in Nadi, having gone with his mates during the Korean War “for a bit of overseas travel”.

He also tried a hand at driving engines at the local railway station.

“My mates and I had an ambition to buy a pub as soon as we got off the railway tracks,” he says.

“I bought the Bourkes Hotel in Taranaki.”

Bill ran Bourkes for six years and sold it when he wanted the Commercial Hotel in Wanganui.

It was the late 60s, early 70s.

“I was young and had just gotten off the Korean War and wanted to try a hand at business,” he says.

“Well, I turned up in Nadi, and over 20 years later, I am still here.”


He ran the Melanesian Hotel like it was the only hotel in Nadi.

He believed it founded itself as Nadi’s most affordable place and “near to everything”.

“We always had 90 percent occupancy and our public bar was the most famous,” he says.

“Business was great because everyone who came to Nadi, in my view, booked in at the Melanesian, no problem at all!”

The only problems he encountered were the effects of the 1987 military coup in the tourism business.

At one stage, Bill was also running the famous Hotsprings Hotel in Savusavu.

The night before the coup, he had a “pretty famous face having a shot of something at the bar”.

“They told me the next day that the guy we called ‘Steve’ was the same fella,” he says with a laugh.

“They knew him as ‘Sitiveni’ but we knew him as ‘Steve’.”

Bill’s life is one of satisfaction.

He has created himself an unblemished record in the hotel business and has a whole cluster of committed patrons.


Today, Bill has his hand in something that has provided a lot of juice for Fiji.

And it’s hard to argue with his successes as the largest importer of fruits and vegetables in recent years.

Bill is quite satisfied with his fruit and veggies enterprises these days.

He’s been doing what he likes best, and contributing his bit to fire up the engine room of Nadi’s and Fiji’s economy.

He is managing director of Melanesian Imports Limited (MIL) Fiji, situated along the main Queen’s Road at Martintar.

MIL also looks after Meat Cuisine (Fiji) Limited, an import and export entity.

MIL imports fruits and vegetables from Australia and New Zealand and has quite a reputation in the business.

That standing makes an easy judgement for us – just take a look at the silken and luscious fruits and vegetables you see on supermarket shelves.

Bill’s customer list includes just about every major supermarket, resort, hotel and shop you buy your favourite imported fruit and vegetable from.

He is proud of the company’s reputation and hopes it will stay that way in years to come.

MIL receives orders from all over Fiji and Bill’s customer base has been going for years, he is not worried about the future.

His imports are a good mix of some of the world’s finest fruits and vegetables.

There are large and small apples, green and red grapes, nectarines, rock melons, kiwifruits, pears of all types, grapefruits, blueberries, oranges, beetroot, broccolis, cauliflowers, capsicums, mushrooms, parsleys, lettuces, parsnips, zucchinis, red and white onions, fennels, herbs of all sorts, black cabbages, persimmons, and the list goes on.

His largest client is the Morris Hedstrom chain of supermarkets in nearly every town and city.

He also supplies major resorts like The Fijian, Sheraton, Matangi Island, Outrigger, Tavarua, Tokoriki, Mana Island, Great Pacific, Radisson, Treasure Island, Musket Cove, Sonaisali, even the Wakaya Club. MIL also supplies to major supermarket chains like C.P. Patel, R.B. Patel, Jay’s Foodtown Nausori, Rajendra Prasad Supermarket, McDonald’s, Adam’s Supermarket in Rakiraki, ATS, New World’s, and many others.

Bill is quite modest about his achievements.

“I’ve been lucky,” he says. “I’ve had a go and am successful by all standards.”

“We distribute all over Fiji and we have the best supermarkets and resorts to cater for; it’s a good life and I am happy,” he says.


“I have survived four coups and I have come out unscathed.”

“I’ve never really had a major problem and I love it here,” he adds. “Fiji is home for me and I go back to New Zealand every six months to reconnect with family.”

Bill has succeeded so well he comes in to the office early in the morning, waits for his staff, checks the online news, writes the cheques and goes home at mid-day for lunch, an afternoon siesta and wakes up “to go have a couple of beers” at six.

“No one else is doing this and we are lucky enough to keep on going,” he says.

“I am healthy, I was a Gunner in the war and I am strong.”

Bill pays tribute to his customers who, over the years, have made it possible for the business.

“I guess that once you keep on going for years, it becomes a great thing to do and here we are, going for growth and customer-satisfaction,” Bill says. “After all, that makes good business.”

About Bill Standring

Was born and brought up in Whangarei, North of NZ, went to school there, was married in NZ, has a daughter and two grandsons; now married to Claire and they are raising a daughter, two sons and two grandsons he calls “two little buggers”; has a floor-laying business partner in Australia apart from MIL; enjoys working with 14 employees; has freehold land and a house in Martintar, loves his work and his Fiji family and enjoys Nadi.


un-named as issued but with named box, award certificate and ticker tape confirming this is his full entitlement, LAC rank and number.


Antique Store in Bath, UK , 2017



Named correctly to Thomas J Lock. EDVII Star shaped issue

Born in 1853in Ashford Kent. He worked from as a coppersmith in Chatham Dockyard from at least 1881 until his retirement in 1910. The medal was gazetted 14 October 1910

Wearing pin removed. Has been lacquered. Will improve significantly when that is removed.


Seaby , UK July 1974

Brian Connor Collection, Dunedin

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GVR Star shaped issue named to Charles Clarke

Wearing pin removed.


Brian Connor Collection, Dunedin

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The medal correctly named PLT OFFR J G HUGHES RAF

A man of the same name served in Fighter Command with 263 Squadron RAF during the Battle of Britain, seemingly retiring out of RAFVR in 1964.. This warrants further research


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GVIR issue in case named WILLIAM ISAIAH CLOWES

William Isaiah Clowes (1886) was born in Alrewas, Staffordshire, the son of Thomas Clowes (1871) and Betsey Bartlett.

He enlisted into the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner in 1915, serving overseas until his discharge in 1918. He was awarded the Silver War Badge in 1918, and the British War Medal and Victory Medal in 1919.


Auction, Auckland 2020


Tibet Medal

Named to a Cooly in the Supply and Transport Corps


A Meritorious Service Medal group to the Army Service Corps

1914-15 Star; British War Medal 1914-18; Victory Medal 1914-19; Army Meritorious Service Medal (GVR type 1 with swivelling suspender). SS-18222 Pte J.Richmond. A.S.C. on first medal, SS-18222 S.Sjt. J.Richmond. A.S.C. on second and third medals, S4-197621 Sjt: J.Richmond. R.A.S.C. on last medal.

MSM: Supplement to LG 17/1/1919, p1007, in recognition of valuable services rendered with the Armies in France and Flanders.

With copy of gazette pages


Merchant Navy Medals with possible Q Ship service and of Australian interest.

A 1914-15 trio with Mercantile Marine War Medal. The trio is named LIEUT W D CROUDACE RNR (SUB LT on Star). The Mercantile Marine Medal is named WILLIAM D CROUDACE.

William Deuchars Croudace was commissioned as Sub Lieutenant (Temporary) and Acting Lieutenant, Royal Naval Reserve on 26 August 1915. He was assigned Navigator on HMS Silene 19 March 1918 and was demobilised by July 1919.

HMS Silene was a convoy sloop of the Anchusa Class - designed to look like a merchant ship in order to entice U Boat attacks.

He settled in Australia and was well known as a Captain in Freemantle.

Sold with a period set of miniature medals, the paper bag of issue for the Mercantile Marine Medal and the 1914-18 War Medal, a Merchant Navy Lapel Pin, a Merchant Navy cap badge and a Merchant Navy blazer badge

Provenance C J Medals , Australia abut 10 years ago, purchased for my private collection.


WW1 pair to Gunner Royal Artillery and EIIR Imperial Service Medal

WW1 pair impressed 676270 GNR S G...... RA . ISM SYDNEY GEORGE (+Box & Certificate) Certificate is dated March 1955. A nice set.

Provenance: NZ Collector Services, Christchurch.


The New Zealand Cross

An early unofficial specimen of this rare NZ Wars award.

With originals selling for over $250,000 and a foolish investment given the impact of the Protected Objects Act making export impossible, this is a museum quality early specimen from around 1880-1900.