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Reginald Edmondson


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    Reginald AWMM
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    Edmondson AWMM
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    WWII 437142 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
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  • Birth
    29 March 1922 AWMM TakakaTasman AWMM
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    WW2 Pre 1944 AWMM Takaka R.D. AWMM
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    WW2 Mrs. B. Edmondson, Takaka R.D. (m) AWMM
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  • Lance Sergeant R. Edmondson, MM; Takaka; born Takaka, 29 Mar 1922; labourer. (Source: Ross, A. 23 Battalion. p.452.)

    'C Company had a somewhat similar experience to B's. Profiting by the battalion's earlier experience, the company by-passed a tank which was troubling it and left it to the oncoming tanks. Lance-Sergeant Reg Edmondson distinguished himself in wiping out a troublesome machine-gun post at a time when the momentum of the attack appeared likely to be lost. Corporal Mathieson, who had been particularly active in the operations of the previous night, again showed himself to be aggressive in attack. ‘His courage … did much to maintain the high morale and fighting spirit that enabled the company to successfully withstand the determined enemy counter-attacks at a most critical stage of the general advance,’ states the citation for Mathieson's MM. Until he was shot through the head, Corporal Bullimore also led his men in determined fashion. C Company lost contact with B on the right for some four hours but retained touch with the Maoris on the left. The company's tanks also got diverted and did not advance with the infantry, but the tanks with the Maoris played an important part in shooting 13 and 14 Platoons on to their objective. The company diary recorded that ‘The Coy was in excellent spirits and a good killing mood and many Germans were killed’. Tiger tanks twice forced the leading section to withdraw somewhat from the objective, but eventually two troops of tanks arrived to assist C Company. About an hour later, after Lieutenant Mosley had established contact with B Company, both companies advanced beyond the objective into an area in which the NZ artillery was still conducting harassing shoots.' (Source: Ross, A. 23 Battalion. p. 452.) AWMM
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  • References
    • Ross, A. (1959). 23 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.452. 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.37 AWMM

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