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Clarence Ponsonby Carew

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Identity

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    Clarence Ponsonby AWMM
  • Surname
    Carew AWMM
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    WWII 16599 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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    20 November 1918 AWMM Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
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  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1941 AWMM 129 Selwyn St., Somerfield, Christchurch AWMM
  • Post war occupation
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    WW2 Mrs. A. Carew, 129 Selwyn St., Somerfield, Christchurch (m) AWMM
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Service

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    Army AWMM
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    WWII 16599 AWMM
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Military decorations

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    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    14 October 1943 AWMM
    'During the period of the changeover of 30th Battery with a Royal Artillery unit on the night of 30-31 August 1942 at ALAM EL DIHMANIYA, Egypt, the forward gun position was subjected to very heavy and concentrated enemy shelling, causing many casualties both to 30th Battery and the incoming Troop. On hearing there were some wounded men on No 1 gun, Gunner Carew, who also acted as Troop Medical Orderly, immediately went to their aid through heavy shell-fire all the way and with complete disregard for his own safety. He administered first aid and saw to the comfort of the wounded, even providing them with articles of his own clothing. Thereafter he remained with the casualties until they were evacuated, finally leaving the position with the last vehicle. During this and on other occasions throughout the campaign Gunner Carew’s exemplary attention to casualties under dangerous conditions was worthy of the highest praise'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Carew, Clarence Ponsonby. (Ref. WO 373/26/256). Military Medal. AWMM

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Prisoner of war

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  • Sergeant C. P. Carew, MM; Masterton; born Christchurch, 20 Nov 1918; french polisher. (Source: Murphy, W.E. 2nd NZ Divisional Artillery. p.358.)

    'On 30 August 5 Brigade changed places with 132 Brigade within the NZ Box and the 5th Field and 58th Field did likewise that night, while 32 Battery, already at Halfa, stayed where it was. Enemy shelling as 30 Battery got ready to move killed two men and wounded two and the 58th also suffered loss. Gunners Carew and Derrett of 30 Battery both won an MM this night. Several drivers were hit and their quads were therefore immobilised under heavy fire, a desperate situation. Volunteers offered to drive, Derrett among them, though he was ‘badly and painfully wounded in both feet and the chest’ (to quote his citation). He had to be lifted into the driving seat and mustered his waning powers sufficiently to drive the gun crew together with some wounded drivers, as well as the gun and trailer, through the curtain of fire to an RAP. When he reached there he was on the verge of collapse. Carew's action was less dramatic, but it was typical of the selfless devotion he showed throughout the campaign. He went from his own E3, of which he was a crew member (as well as being the troop medical orderly) to E1 as soon as he heard there were casualties there needing attention. In so doing he had to pass through the thick of the shelling and did so unhesitatingly. He administered first aid and stayed until the wounded could be evacuated, when he managed to get on the last truck of his troop to depart for the new area. Sergeant C. P. Carew, MM; Masterton; born Christchurch, 20 Nov 1918; french polisher.; Alam Halfa and Alamein - The enemy shellfire also caught the artillery reliefs. Careful liaison had been made on the CRA's direction to ensure that the exchange of gun positions between 58 Field Regiment, RA, and 6 NZ Field Regiment should take place in such a way that the maximum possible number of guns would be able to fire in support of the front at any moment. One of the NZ batteries, the 29th, had been set a task in 6 Brigade's raid and its relief was to wait until this task had been completed. With the other two batteries, the 30th and the 48th, the exchange of guns with 58 Field Regiment had begun on time and was proceeding smoothly when shells began to drop around 30 Battery's gun pits. Some of the relieving guns had just been wheeled into the pits, others were still on tow, while several NZ guns and quads were being lined up in convoy ready for the journey out. The first shells caught many of the gunners above ground, causing several casualties, principally among the drivers standing by their vehicles. NZ casualties were two killed and four seriously wounded, but this total might have been higher had not two of the gunners, C. P. Carew and W. A. Derrett, the latter himself wounded, braved the shellfire to clear both guns and wounded from the danger area. The English gunners suffered more severely and several guns and vehicles of both regiments were damaged.' (Source: Murphy, W.E. 2nd NZ Divisional Artillery. p. 358.; Walker, R. Alam Halfa and Alamein. p. 75.) AWMM
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  • Clarrie Carew was my woodwork teacher at South Wellington Intermediate School In 1956. He was a senior Wgtn rugby referee, and he introduced me to the game. I remember him as being a no-nonsense person, but also kind and self-effacing, and I’m sure none of us kids had any idea about his outstanding war record.
    Public - Robert - Friend - 20 January 2020

Sources

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    • 'The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East.' (London Gazette, 14 October 1943, p.4548.). Military Medal.
      http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/36209/supplements/4548
      Further Reference
    • 'During the period of the changeover of 30th Battery with a Royal Artillery unit on the night of 30-31 August 1942 at ALAM EL DIHMANIYA, Egypt, the forward gun position was subjected to very heavy and concentrated enemy shelling, causing many casualties both to 30th Battery and the incoming Troop. On hearing there were some wounded men on No 1 gun, Gunner Carew, who also acted as Troop Medical Orderly, immediately went to their aid through heavy shell-fire all the way and with complete disregard for his own safety. He administered first aid and saw to the comfort of the wounded, even providing them with articles of his own clothing. Thereafter he remained with the casualties until they were evacuated, finally leaving the position with the last vehicle. During this and on other occasions throughout the campaign Gunner Carew’s exemplary attention to casualties under dangerous conditions was worthy of the highest praise'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Carew, Clarence Ponsonby. (Ref. WO 373/26/256). Military Medal.
      http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D7362229
      Further Reference
  • Documents
    • Murphy, W. (1966). 2nd New Zealand Divisional Artillery. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.358. AWMM
    • Walker, R. (1967). Alam Halfa and Alamein. Dept. of Internal Affairs, Historical Publications Branch, Wellington, N.Z. AWMM
      p.75. 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.58 AWMM

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