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pistol butt

Object / Artefact › History
  • Other titles
    • pistol butt
    • Major George Ramsay Andrews, 2NZEF (owner's name)
  • Description
    pistol butt which belonged to 2640 Captain George Ramsay Andrews, 2NZEF
    dark wooden pistol butt in two parts connected by small bolt, carved in top side: "ANDREWS G. R.", carved in bottom side: "2640"
  • Place
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  • Accession number
  • Accession date
    15 August 2001
  • Collection area
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  • Record richness
pistol butt, 2001.25.15, Photographed by Denise Baynham, digital, 14 Nov 2017, © Auckland Museum CC BY
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  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 2001.25.15 Brent Mackrell Collection
  • Notes
    Pistol butt belonged to 2640 Captain George Ramsay Andrews

    Major George Ramsay Andrews MBE MC DCM JP (1910-1991)
    Military Service
    WW2: 1st Ech. 2NZEF Greece, Crete, Nth Africa, Italy
    post-war: Territorials.
    Awards: MBE MC DCM

    WO1 Andrews was awarded the DCM for gallantry during the action on Galatos on 25 May 1941. While waiting for an arm wound wound to be treated (during a German advance), he organised and led a group to rescue wounded and himself received three additional wounds. He later received the Military Cross for outstanding courage over a period of time including the battle for Florence in August 1944 and at Cassino - recovering tanks and clearing roads.

    Served WW2 : Service No 2640
    Occupation: Farmer and contractor
    Embarked 1st Echelon 5 January 1940. Wounded 25 May 1941; commissioned 2 Lieutenant on 25 August 1941. Returned to New Zealand 25 December 1941, promoted Lieutenant 25 August 1942; Captain 17 December 1942. Re-embarked with 10th Reinforcements on 21 July 1943; returned 7 September 1945. Posted to Reserve 14 December 1945. Served with 18 Battalion, NZ Ordnance Corps, and 4 NZ Armed Bde Wksps NZEME in Middle East, Greece, Crete, Italy. Recalled to Territorial Force 1 January 1950; promoted to Major on 4 October 1950. Re-posted to Reserve on 1 June 1954. Retired List 1 February 1958.
  • Event
    World War II
  • Person
  • Place
  • Collection
  • Production
    unknown (gunmaker)
    [Circa 1940]
    World War 2, Wars
  • Signature/marks
    ANDREWS G. R.  (carved)
  • Consists of
  • Dimensions
    • 0 - Whole length : 88mm
    • 0 - Whole width : 50mm
    • 0 - Whole depth : 26mm
  • Classification
  • Record created
    6 July 2006

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