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medal, decoration

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human history
  • Other Name

    Military Cross (MC) GRI (descriptive name)

    Major George Ramsay Andrews, 2NZEF (associated name)

  • Description

    Military Cross awarded in 1945 to Major George Ramsay Andrews, DCM, 2NZEF, (1910-90)

    Military Service: WW2: 1st Ech. 2NZEF Greece, Crete, Nth Africa, Italy

    post-war: Territorials. MBE MC DCM.

    part of set court mounted

    silver cross medal, 44mm width, ring suspension from plain bar, with ribbon

    obverse: ornamental silver cross with Royal Cypher in centre, crowns at the ends

    reverse:

    ribbon: grosgrain ribbon, 32mm wide, three vertical stripes of white, purple, white.

  • Associated Place
  • Accession Number
    2001.25.14.2
  • Accession Date
    15 Aug 2001
  • Other Id

    S:31 (Spink's 1983)

    7646 (Asset Register)

  • Department
  • Display Room
Military Cross 2001.25.14.2

Images and documents

Images

Artefact

  • Display location

    Pou Maumahara drawer bank 5, drawer F, medal position 54

  • Credit Line
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 2001.25.14.2 Brent Mackrell Collection
  • Collection
  • Primary Maker

     unknown (Medallist)

  • Date
    1945
  • Associated Notes

    Military Cross (MC) GRI

    Major George Ramsay Andrews, 2NZEF

    MBE, MC, DCM (1910- )

    Military Service

    WW2: 1st Ech. 2NZEF Greece, Crete, Nth Africa, Italy

    post-war: Territorials.

    Awards: MBE MC DCM

    Military Cross Citation: Award of the Military Cross to Captain George Ramsay Andrews, DCM, Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 1945

    "As Officer Commanding the 4th New Zealand Armoured Brigade Reconnaissance Section, Captain Andrews displayed outstanding courage over a long period. With a full knowledge of the danger to be expected from small arms fire, mortaring, shelling and mines, he consistently recovered tanks of the 4th New Zealand Armoured Brigade from forward localities with a complete disregard for his own safety and with the utmost expedition. As a result, much valuable equipment was saved which would otherwise have been completely destroyed by the enemy. In the battle for Florence in August, 1944, where heavy tank casualties were experienced, his work under fire, both by day and night, was largely responsible for the quick turn around of tanks through workshops and so helped very considerably in keeping the Armoured Brigade up to strength. At Cassino on several occasions he either recovered tanks or cleared vital roads during the day, under direct enemy observation and fire, whilst his sorties into Cassino at night became legendary. Night after night he took his recovery tractors right into Cassino to recover tanks and other vehicles. The noise of these tractors drew so much fire that eventually the infantry protested very strongly and he was stopped working so far forward. On the most dangerous of these missions he drove the recovery tractor himself as he thought it unfair to expose the regular driver to such risks. This was typical of his attitude of complete disregard for danger and of his devotion to duty. His example was an inspiration to his own men and other recovery personnel and was largely responsible for the very high percentage of the Second New Zealand Division that were recovered."

  • Associated Event
    WW2; 1939-1945
  • Associated Person
  • Associated Place
  • Associated Date
    1944
    1945
  • Period
  • Media/Materials
  • Measurement Reading

    95mm

    48mm

    43mm

    34mm

  • Classification
  • Last Update
    19 Mar 2024
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