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Andrew Douglas Paulger

Portrait of Andrew Douglas Paulger with RSA badge. Image kindly provided by Kaye Paulger (May 2020). Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Andrew Douglas Paulger with RSA badge. Image kindly provided by Kaye Paulger (May 2020). …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Andrew Douglas AWMM
  • Surname
    Paulger AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 65866 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    23 November 1918 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1941 AWMM 234 Frankley Rd., New New Plymouth AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs. G.E. Paulger, 234 Frankley Rd., New New Plymouth (m) AWMM
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  • War
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    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 65866 AWMM
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  • Military training
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  • Capture details
    22 July 1942 AWMM
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  • Gunner A. D. Paulger, MM; Taupiri; born NZ, 23 Nov 1918; fruiterer; wounded 9 Oct 1942 (Source: Murphy, W.E. 2nd NZ Divisional Artillery. p.343.)

    'The last episode of this grim action was enacted by the crew of K3. The layer was wounded and the loader, Gunner Davies, at once replaced him, while Gunner Paulger loaded. They fired briskly and as they did so a shellburst set fire to the bedrolls and ammunition on the truck. They were ordered to abandon the gun; but instead Paulger threw the blazing gear and ammunition clear while Davies went on firing. A tank in front burst into flames. Davies suffered a painful grazing wound and was wounded again moments later when the gun received a direct hit. Paulger found to his surprise that the portée was still working and he drove it back over the ridge, only to have it hit twice in the engine by fire from another tank. He then continued on foot and got away. Davies, with other wounded, took shelter in slit trenches until rescued later by a carrier. Both these gunners were awarded the MM.' (Source: Murphy, W.E. 2nd NZ Divisional Artillery. pp. 343-4.; Scoullar, J. L. Battle for Egypt : The Summer of 1942. pp. 253.) AWMM
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    27 August 2000 AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • Murphy, W. (1966). 2nd New Zealand Divisional Artillery. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.344. AWMM
    • Scoullar, J. L. (1955). Battle for Egypt : the summer of 1942. Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch, Wellington, N.Z. AWMM
      pp.253. AWMM
    • List of 2NZEF Prisoners of War. 1941-1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2009/8. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 5 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1941 to 30 September, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.165 AWMM


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09 March 2017Linda Rhyll, Victoria AustraliaOther relative

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