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Ernest Pomeroy



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  • Forenames
    Ernest AWMM
  • Surname
    Pomeroy AWMM
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    WWII 187799 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    9 January 1919 AWMM New Zealand AWMM
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  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1943 AWMM 141 Tainui St., Greymouth AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr. R.J. Pomeroy, Bainham (f) AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    3 August 1944 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Pomeroy, Ernest. (Ref. WO 373/7/141). Military Medal. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Private AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Lance Corporal E. Pomeroy, MM; Bainham, Nelson; born NZ 9 Jan 1919; coal miner; wounded 22 Sep 1944. (Source: Cody, J.F. 21 Battalion. p.321.)

    'The moon was quite bright by this time, and McElroy decided to pull 17 Platoon back out of their isolated house. He asked for a smoke screen to assist the withdrawal, but before the platoon could take advantage of it the enemy burst through and overran the platoon, taking most of the men prisoners. No. 18 Platoon caught momentary glimpses of the attack and brought all its fire to bear, but did not stop the enemy. No. 16 Platoon was also nearly overrun at the same time. Second-Lieutenant Dewson was wounded and the position was becoming precarious, but Sergeant Geoff Mason took charge and put new heart into the defence. Single-handed he evicted a post that had been established in the platoon area and reorganised the platoon.

    It was nearly dawn when 18 Platoon was attacked but, with five Bren guns covering its front, the platoon broke up the attempt to rush it. German stretcher parties were busy carrying in their wounded, and two New Zealanders were seen to be lying out in front of 18 Platoon. There were no Red Cross arm bands available, but Second-Lieutenant Hollies and Private ‘Pom’ Pomeroy took the risk of being shot from the Continental Hotel about 150 yards away, and assisted them both to regain our lines.' (Source: Cody, J.F. 21 Battalion. pp. 321-2.) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    12 July 1975 21Bn Assoc. Inc. Records. MS-2008-42.
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  • External links
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    • 21 Battalion (Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45) AWMM
      pp.321-2. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.155 AWMM
    • Veterans' club : the comradeship and memories of Auckland's 21st infantry battalion. Auckland War Memorial Museum : Auckland. Accompanies exhibition held in the Pictorial Gallery, second floor, Auckland War Memorial Museum, 24 March-21 May 2006. AWMM
    • 21 New Zealand Infantry Battalion Association Inc. Records, 1955 - 2005. Auckland War Memorial Museum. MS-2008-42. AWMM

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