Restaurant Manager’s quest to hand war medal back to family
Last November, on the 100th year anniversary of Remembrance Day, we reached out to our community to help our Bourke Street Restaurant Manager, Keiran, on a very important quest. This quest aimed to locate a rightful owner to a war medal in his possession. The response we received was overwhelming, and although we gathered many a lead and helpful information - we are still yet to find its home and family.
Inspired by his grandfathers stories from WW2 and research into his two ANZAC great uncles, Keiran developed a passion for researching the brave men and women who have served our country, and enjoys discussing history with veterans and their families who come in after the ANZAC day service.
For years, Keiran has been researching a particular man who served in WWI, a Sergeant in the 60th battalion by the name of Eryx Gabriel Incledon.
When Keiran’s mother was just a child, she stumbled across his war medal near the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital. Determined to learn the origins of the medal, Keiran’s research led him to discover that Incledon was a Ballarat-born Saddler who fought and died for his country during World War I.
After being enlisted in Geelong at the young age of 21 – just two days after war was declared – Incledon trained and fought in the 8th Battalion. He landed at Gallipoli on the first Anzac day. He survived the Gallipoli campaign and was a founding member of the 60th battalion as part for of the 2nd AIF. His next and final action saw him on the Western Front at the infamous battle of Fromelles where he was killed in action. He has no known grave.
It is suspected that his medal was lost by his sister, Vera, who worked as a nurse here in Melbourne. After establishing his findings, The Pancake Parlour would like to help Keiran return the medal to Incledon’s family.
“We received an amazing response from our community last Remembrance Day,” he said.
“I had people approaching me online and in-store on Remembrance Day sharing their research and suggestions, which was quite special. Unfortunately I am still yet to find Eryx’s family.
“Ultimately what I’d love to do is give that medal – and all the information I’ve got – back to the family. That would be awesome.”
Every ANZAC Day, Keiran likes to take a break from his shift to observe the minute of silence. The Bourke St. Mall Restaurant Manager described how moved he is to hear the Melbourne’s CBD resonating with The Last Post.
"They just bring the city to a standstill.”
Keiran will be paying his respects on ANZAC Day, 25th of April, and welcomes anyone willing to share their family’s historical belonging to the day, or as a bonus, any small hints that leads him to Incledon’s ancestory.