Joseph Norris Peart 11 February 1900 - 4 September 1942 Key details Contribute › Service number2571 AWMM Also known asJoseph Norriss Peart AWMM ForceArmy AWMM Rank and unit at dischargeLieutenant Colonel AWMM26 Battalion AWMM WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Play your part Contribute what you know about their war service and life. Lay a poppy Leave a note PDF Print Share Roll of Honour, Freemasons, Te Awamutu Lodge No. 2221 E.C., … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesJoseph Norris AWMM SurnamePeart AWMM Ingoa Also known asJoseph Norriss Peart AWMM Service number2571 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth11 February 1900 AWMM Place of birthCollingwoodTasmanNew Zealand AWMM Birth notesCollingwoodNelsonNew Zealand AWMM Occupations Contribute › Occupation before enlistmentWW2 AWMMSchool teacher AWMM Post war occupation Next of kin Contribute › Address before enlistmentUnknown AWMMKing's CollegeOtahuhuAucklandNew Zealand AWMM Next of kin on embarkationMrs Anne Hamilton Peart (wife)care of King's CollegeOtahuhuAucklandNew Zealand AWMM Relationship statusUnknown AWMMMarried AWMM Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM CampaignsNorth Africa AWMMGreece AWMM1941 AWMMCrete AWMM ForceArmy AWMM Service number2571 AWMM Military units Military service Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and AwardsCompanion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMMDSO: London Gazette, 22 September 1942. "For outstanding leadership, bravery and determination. At El Mreir Depression on the night 21/22 July 1942 Lieutenant Colonel Peart led his Battalion in the 6 (NZ) Infantry Brigade attack on El Mreir Depression ... During all the fighting Lieutenant Colonel Peart was constantly moving about among his men encouraging them and at all times setting a high example of courage and perseverance. It is due to his outstanding leadership, determination and sound judgement that the Battalion remains a fighting unit." (Haigh & Polaschek, p199) AWMM1939-1945 Star AWMMAfrica Star AWMMWar Medal 1939-1945 with oak leaf AWMMNew Zealand War Service Medal AWMM Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training EnlistmentWW2 AWMMUnknown AWMMAucklandNew Zealand AWMM Age on enlistmentWW2 AWMM Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW2 AWMM Embarkation bodyWW2 AWMMMajor AWMM Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Contribute › Medical notesDied of woundsCause of Death AWMM Last known rank Contribute › Last rankLieutenant Colonel AWMM26 Battalion AWMM Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › Joseph Peart was Headmaster of King's College, Auckland, from 1936-1940.Served as Deputy Assistant Adjutant General (DAAG) in Greece and Crete.Served as Commanding Officer (CO) of 18 Battalion, November 1941 - March 1942Served as CO of 26 Battalion, 1 May - 4 September 1942.A letter he wrote to his school was published in the school magazine, King's Collegian. At the time he was second-in-command (2I/C) of 18 Battalion. "... I am thoroughly enjoying being with the troops again. When I was called to the Division Staff last September it was supposed to be for one month's tour of duty. In fact it lasted nine months, but I am glad to be out and about again.... In Crete I was the chief staff officer on the artillery side and it was a trying job. Owing to the transport difficulties we could not get the gear and equipment, and it was far from pleasant knowing the troops were without essentials and not being able to do anything about it. I gather a great deal has been said and written in New Zealand - probably much too much. The truth of the matter is that the New Zealand Division came through the two [Greece and Crete] with more honour and less serious losses than any other troops..."NB. Haigh & Polaschek spell Peart's middle name "Norriss". AWMM Read more Death About death Contribute › Age at death42 AWMM Date of death4 September 1942 AWMM Cause of deathDied of wounds AWMM Place of deathEgypt AWMM Death notesEgypt AWMM Cemetery Contribute › Cemetery nameEl Alamein War CemeteryEgypt AWMM Grave referenceXIII. J. 2 AWMM Memorial Contribute › Memorial nameAuckland Domainan Olive Tree (Olea europaea) planted close to the Auckland War Memorial Museum in the grounds of the Auckland Domain commemorates those who fought on Crete in 1941. AWMMRoll of HonourFreemasonsTe Awamutu Lodge No. 2221 E.C.Ellerslie Masonic Centre9A Robert StreetEllerslieAuckland AWMMMemorial plaqueFreemasonsTe Awamutu Lodge No. 2221 E.C.Ellerslie Masonic Centre9A Robert StreetEllerslieAuckland AWMM Memorial reference Obituary Roll of Honour Remember Joseph Norris Peart by laying a poppy. Harold Peart John Wilson Peart Joseph Norris Peart Keith Hetherington Peart Sydney Peart Lay a poppy for 2015 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Joseph Norris Peart Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksCommonwealth War Graves Commission.http://www.cwgc.orgSources Used DocumentsHaigh, J., Polaschek, A. (Eds.). (1993). New Zealand and the Distinguished Service Order. Christchurch, N.Z.: Authors. AWMMSecond New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMMWW2 1: WW2 141 AWMM Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.