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Harold William Burley

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Harold William AWMM
  • Surname
    Burley AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 36336 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    9 August 1916 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • WW2 Pre 1940-1941 AWMM Trinity College, Grafton Rd., Auckland AWMM
    • WW2 Pre 1941 AWMM Trinity College, Grafton Road, Auckland AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Rev. W.A. Burley, 3 Repton St., Christchurch (father) AWMM
    • WW2 Rev. W.A. Burley, 3 Repton St., Christchurch (f) AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 36336 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Medal (MM) AWMM
      24 August 1944 AWMM
      'Staff Sergeant Burley was senior NCO in the Field Ambulance Company establishing the forward advanced dressing station in the operations towards the ORSOGNA-ORTONA Road, Italy, between 14-25 December 1943. Owing to the difficult and close nature of the country and the determined enemy resistance only a small resuscitating point could be established for the attacks of 15 December and 24 December and evacuation of regimental aid posts was by hand carriage over steep, exposed and very muddy routes under enemy fire. Staff Sergeant Burley was forward of the skeleton advanced dressing station assisting and directing the stretcher-bearing. On all occasions his coolness, decision and example were an inspiration to those working under him and to the wounded they were carrying. He was always an example to his men both in his personal bearing and in his care end skill in tending the wounded. Throughout his service he displayed courage, zeal and ability well above that regarded as ordinary duty.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Burley, Harold William. (Ref. WO 373/7/390). Military Medal. AWMM
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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Death

About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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  • External links
    • 'The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.' (London Gazette, 24 August 1944, p.3926.). Military Medal.
      http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/36668/supplements/3926
      Further Reference
    • 'Staff Sergeant Burley was senior NCO in the Field Ambulance Company establishing the forward advanced dressing station in the operations towards the ORSOGNA-ORTONA Road, Italy, between 14-25 December 1943. Owing to the difficult and close nature of the country and the determined enemy resistance only a small resuscitating point could be established for the attacks of 15 December and 24 December and evacuation of regimental aid posts was by hand carriage over steep, exposed and very muddy routes under enemy fire. Staff Sergeant Burley was forward of the skeleton advanced dressing station assisting and directing the stretcher-bearing. On all occasions his coolness, decision and example were an inspiration to those working under him and to the wounded they were carrying. He was always an example to his men both in his personal bearing and in his care end skill in tending the wounded. Throughout his service he displayed courage, zeal and ability well above that regarded as ordinary duty.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Burley, Harold William. (Ref. WO 373/7/390). Military Medal.
      http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D7351018
      Further Reference
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.65 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.49 AWMM
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