Hamilton couple solve 50-year Anzac mystery after finding metal tag at Gallipoli

Fifty years after a chance discovery during a trip to Gallipoli, a Hamilton couple has finally been able to solve their Anzac mystery.

In October 1968, Jan and Bruce Rosemergy bought an old Morris and travelled from London to Turkey, to visit Anzac Cove.

"I was walking along this beautiful stretch of beach and there was this piece protruding from the sand. So I picked it up and it appeared to be aluminium and had something written on it," Bruce recalls.

Bruce and Jan thought the tag, with the name "VW Murray", must have been on the luggage of an Australian or Kiwi soldier, so they took it home with them.

"We thought we'd pick it up and find the person somehow and get it back to the family," Jan says.

But that was easier said than done. Jan made calls to the New Zealand and Australian army, but had no luck. Then in the 1990s, Jan bought a home computer but her searches were also unsuccessful.

The tag sat in a draw at home for years, until last month, when Jan found it, and decided to put the name into a search engine.

"I went to the computer and typed it in and there he was on the Sydney Living Museum website!"

The site had done a write up about Vernon William Murray, of Wagga Wagga, New South Wales.

He was a trooper in the horse regiment and was shot and killed at 24 while sorting supplies near the beach.

There was also a photo of his cross, featuring a metal strip identical to the one the Rosemergys found.

"It was relief and it was excitement but mainly relief the tag had found its home," Jan says.

The tag has been sent to the Sydney Museum and the couple are now planning a trip to visit it on display.

After a decades-long search, Jan and Bruce Rosemergy can finally put a face to the name. Source: 1 NEWS



Watch: 'I'm proud of what I've done' – self-confessed Palmerston North 'creep catcher' unrepentant over vigilante justice campaign

A self-described 'creep catcher' has appeared in Palmerston North District Court today facing several charges relating to harmful videos posted online.

Connor Bevins, 20, entered no plea to most of the 10 charges.

The 20-year-old says his vigilante justice campaign was partly inspired by similar groups overseas.

Bevins says he pretended to be a minor online and would start conversations in chat rooms.

"Normally after about five messages or so they'd start talking dirty, sending me pictures of their parts and stuff," he said.

Outside court he said his aim was to expose paedophiles.

"Now they're charging me for doing their job that's their problem not mine... I'm proud of what I've done, I've got no regrets at all," he said.

Bevins said he would organise to meet many of them in the Palmerston North Square, confront them, at times abuse them, and then chase them, often ending up in the local police station just down the road.

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He said he filmed it all and then put it online.

A woman, who didn't want to be named, says she knows some of the victims, many of whom say they're innocent. 

"On the face of it, it was a good idea... but just not the way he was doing it," the woman said.

"Nobody's been charged, all it's done is these people are now named and shamed with no real evidence."

Bevins also faces charges of threatening one of the people in his videos and jumping on a person's car.

He is on bail and due to appear in court again next month.

Connor Bevins says he pretended to be a minor online in a bid to 'expose paedophiles'. Source: 1 NEWS

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NZ's first building supplies co-operative could save builders thousands

New Zealand’s first building supplies co-operative has just been launched, in what some are hailing as a game changer for the industry.

Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford has joined crowds of around 100 guests in Christchurch this evening for the launch of The Combined Building Supplies Co-operative (CBS Co-op), which includes small and medium sized building businesses across Canterbury.

Chairman of the Board, Carl Taylor, says, "It will enable small and medium construction companies to have the same buying power as the larger companies do."

"In the residential construction sector, most houses are built by small home building companies and yet they don't have the 'buying' power the larger companies do. The CBS Co-op levels the playing field enabling small and medium construction companies to be competitive and improve their margins which are currently pretty low."

Mr Taylor, who has run his own successful building company for more than 20 years, says the co-operative is the result of more than a year in the planning, already attracting members with a combined building material spend of more than $100 million, and a very strong group of suppliers.

The Co-op estimates it will save builders around $50,000 in materials on a standard house build, but there is no guarantee the consumer will get the benefits of that.

Grant Florence from the NZ Certified Builders' Association believes there are still some major challenges ahead.

"I think there are some people excited about it, but there's a fair bit of scepticism too, especially around some of the numbers that have been suggested," he says.

He does however hope it takes off and says there are potentially a lot of benefits.

"Good on them for having a crack, I think it will be good if there is a bit more of a margin that flows back to homeowners and builders."

It will allow small businesses to access cheaper supplies, cutting building costs by tens of thousands of dollars. Source: 1 NEWS