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Joseph Norris Peart

  • Service number
    2571 AWMM
  • Also known as
    Joseph Norriss Peart AWMM
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    Lieutenant Colonel AWMM
    26 Infantry Battalion AWMM
  • War
    World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
Roll of Honour, Freemasons, Te Awamutu Lodge No. 2221 E.C., members who served in the World War 1939 - 1945 (photo Geoff Parry September 2013) - No known copyright restrictions
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Joseph Norris AWMM
  • Surname
    Peart AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Joseph Norriss Peart AWMM
  • Service number
    2571 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    11 February 1900 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    Collingwood, Tasman, New Zealand AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Collingwood, Nelson, New Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    WW2 School teacher AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown King's College, Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Anne Hamilton Peart (wife), care of King's College, Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
  • Campaigns
    • North Africa AWMM
    • Greece AWMM
    • 1941 Crete AWMM
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    2571 AWMM
  • Military service
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Miilitary decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      DSO: 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) AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Africa Star AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 with oak leaf AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM
    Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Age on enlistment


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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Major AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    Lieutenant Colonel AWMM
    26 Infantry Battalion AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • 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 1942

    Served 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
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About death

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  • Age at death
    42 AWMM
  • Date of death
    4 September 1942 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Died of wounds AWMM
  • Place of death
    Egypt AWMM
  • Death notes
    Egypt AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt AWMM
  • Grave reference
    XIII. J. 2 AWMM
  • Memorial name
    • Auckland Domain, an 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. AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Freemasons, Te Awamutu Lodge No. 2221 E.C., Ellerslie Masonic Centre, 9A Robert Street, Ellerslie, Auckland AWMM
    • Memorial plaque, Freemasons, Te Awamutu Lodge No. 2221 E.C., Ellerslie Masonic Centre, 9A Robert Street, Ellerslie, Auckland AWMM
    • King's College Auckland, Roll of Honour Public - John A E - Researcher - 26 June 2015 - King's College Honour Roll compiled by John A Whelan
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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    • Haigh, J., Polaschek, A. (Eds.). (1993). New Zealand and the Distinguished Service Order. Christchurch, N.Z.: Authors. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 1: WW2 141 AWMM


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26 June 2015John A E Papatoetoe, AucklandResearcher