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Lyndsay Pollock Challis

Memorial Panel, Point Chevalier RSA, 1136 Great North Road Auckland 1022. Image provided by G.A Fortune 2012, CC BY G.A Fortune 2012
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Lyndsay Pollock AWMM
  • Surname
    Challis AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 20615 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    14 July 1918 AWMM InvercargillSouthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 20615 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    22 July 1943 AWMM
    'On the night of 19-20 April 1943 Private Challis was in a forward Company in the attack on TAKROUNA, Tunisia. After heavy fighting his unit arrived on the road immediately being the start line with only fourteen men. When the Company was ordered to take an almost sheer feature he quickly assumed command of the remaining group and with gallantry and enthusiasm pushed up the difficult and rocky slope under heavy machine-gun fire and a hail of grenades. Achieving a measure of success, he quickly placed his men and with great daring made his way across ground held by determined German troops eventua11y making contact with the Company on the flank and routing the enemy in that sector. On the following day Private Challis from a very exposed position observed and directed the fire of his men so that the enemy’s attempts to form up for a counter-attack were frustrated. His enthusiasm and complete disregard of personal safety throughout were an example and an inspiration to his men.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Challis, Lyndsay Pollock. (Ref. WO 373/25/477). Military Medal. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Clerk AWMM
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  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Private AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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  • 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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  • Corporal L. P. Challis, MM; Invercargill; born Invercargill, 14 Jul 1918; clerk; wounded May 1944. (Source: Ross, A. 23 Battalion. p.262.)

    'On the right, Sergeant Noel McLean led his men with conspicuous courage and dealt effectively with some of the opposition. After some delays and casualties, McLean with 17 Platoon joined 18 Platoon under Sergeant Frank Muir, who organised a series of short bayonet charges. As all officers had been killed or wounded, Muir took command of the company and completed the capture of the nearer slopes, a task in which he was assisted by the fire of Smellie and his men who had ascended the hill farther east with B Company. Corporal Challis of B also brought fire to bear on enemy positions at a critical juncture. Muir, McLean and Smellie now consolidated with their respective platoons in positions on the southern slopes below the crest, which was rendered untenable by sporadic enemy shelling. The enemy artillery responsible apparently did not know that their own troops still occupied the northern slopes, but their presence was shown by the odd grenade which continued to come over the crest till after daybreak.' (Source: Ross, A. 23 Battalion. p. 262.) AWMM
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Death

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  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    Point Chevalier RSA, 1136 Great North Road, Auckland 1063 AWMM

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Sources

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    • 'The KING has been pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East.' (London Gazette, 22 July 1943, p.3315.). Military Medal.
      http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/36102/pages/3315
      Further Reference
    • 'On the night of 19-20 April 1943 Private Challis was in a forward Company in the attack on TAKROUNA, Tunisia. After heavy fighting his unit arrived on the road immediately being the start line with only fourteen men. When the Company was ordered to take an almost sheer feature he quickly assumed command of the remaining group and with gallantry and enthusiasm pushed up the difficult and rocky slope under heavy machine-gun fire and a hail of grenades. Achieving a measure of success, he quickly placed his men and with great daring made his way across ground held by determined German troops eventua11y making contact with the Company on the flank and routing the enemy in that sector. On the following day Private Challis from a very exposed position observed and directed the fire of his men so that the enemy’s attempts to form up for a counter-attack were frustrated. His enthusiasm and complete disregard of personal safety throughout were an example and an inspiration to his men.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Challis, Lyndsay Pollock. (Ref. WO 373/25/477). Military Medal.
      http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D7361696
      Further Reference
  • Documents
    • Ross, A. (1959). 23 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.262, 263. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.34 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 13 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1944 to 31st March, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.23 AWMM
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