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Sydney Nogi Tsukigawa

Sydney Nogi Tsukigawa

Sydney Nogi Tsukigawa

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Sydney Nogi AWMM
  • Surname
    Tsukigawa AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Sidney AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 41299 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
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  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    21 July 1918 AWMM BalcluthaOtago AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1941 AWMM 25 Pharazyn St., Lower Hutt AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs. A.M. Tsukigawa, Rosebank, Balclutha (m) AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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  • War
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  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 41299 AWMM
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Medal (MM) AWMM
      21 June 1945 AWMM
      The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Tsukigawa, Sydney Nogi. (Ref. WO 373/12/567). Military Medal. AWMM
    • Dad was awarded the Oak Leaf for m.i.d. mentioned in despatches Public - Allan - Child - 5 June 2018 - I have copies of Dads certificates as well as the original NZ Military Base records congratulatory letters
    • I have copies of Dads certificates as well as the original NZ Military congratulatory letters Public - Allan - Child - 5 June 2018 - I have copies of Dads certificates as well as the original NZ Military congratulatory letters

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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Biographical information

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  • Lance Sergeant S. N. Tsukigawa, MM, m.i.d.; Balclutha; born Balclutha, 21 Jul 1918; printer; twice wounded.
    (Source: Henderson, J. 22 Battalion. p.277.)

    'These were the men who now were trying to sleep in the cellar of a shell of a building. Outside was a Sherman tank, engaged in observation-post work for the artillery, and the Germans had been trying to get it with ‘Terelle Bill’, a big gun sited up Terelle way. A minor annoyance had been bugs, but most of these had now been killed with some German chlorine tablets found in the cellar. About two feet of the top of the cellar wall facing the enemy was above the ground, and this is where the heavy shell struck. Part of the building fell, the cellar filled with dust, ‘and poor old Jerry was abused in no small way while we were dragging ourselves outside,’ wrote Brian Leach. ‘Sick of living like a rat in the cellar,’ Small ‘had gone up into the sun, come what may. Boy, it sure came!’ He was helped into cover, where someone said ‘Give him water.’ Up went Small's water bottle and he almost choked to death: it was full of rum, a legacy from a jar procured in Taranto. The two most severely wounded were Wally Nicholls (feet) and Sid Tsukigawa (elbow). The latter, ‘our outstanding soldier, returned to the Battalion,’ notes a comrade, ‘but could never bend his elbow more than halfway. Fortunately he was T. T., so it was an inconvenience only when firing a tommygun.’ Lance-Sergeant S. N. Tsukigawa, MM, m.i.d.; Balclutha; born Balclutha, 21 Jul 1918; printer; twice wounded.; Italy II - When two platoons of 2 Company were assembling on the start line, ‘we were subject to one of the bitterest shellings I have ever experienced,’ wrote Major Hutcheson. ‘Someone said they were our own shells and indeed it seemed to be true…. my two platoons came staggering back, shocked and disorganised, and with heavy casualties….’ The men may have arrived on the barrage line as the guns opened fire, or may have been shelled by German artillery. On the right flank some 12 Platoon men, under Corporal Tsukigawa, not knowing that the others had retired, set out across a gully towards the objective, came under spandau fire and pulled back into cover in the gully while Allied aircraft attacked the ridge in front.

    Encouraged by the news of the advance by Tsukigawa's section, other 2 Company men were gathered together by Hutcheson and led towards the objective. At the foot of the hill they met Tsukigawa, who said La Poggiona was clear of the enemy. By this time, however, the barrage had stopped, and apparently the enemy had returned. Hutcheson's men climbed the hill under machine-gun fire, and were mortared when they probed over the top; they dug in, 24-strong, just behind the crest. When it was learnt some time later that La Poggiona had been captured, two platoons of 3 Company were rushed up to reinforce Hutcheson's party, followed by tanks of 9 Troop. The enemy still held posts on the northern side of the hill, and a counter-attack at dawn was thought possible. Lance Sergeant S. N. Tsukigawa, MM, m.i.d.; Balclutha; born Balclutha, 21 Jul 1918; printer; twice wounded.
    ' (Source: Henderson, J. 22 Battalion. pp. 277.; Kay, R. Italy Volume II : From Cassino to Trieste. p. 176.) AWMM
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About death

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  • Sydney Nogi Tsukigawa was an amazing father who I miss very much. He was selfless, unassuming and a wonderful role model. He told me a lot about his overseas times in the 22nd battalion and I remember many old soldiers came to our home to visit him. He was awarded the Military Medal and mentioned in despatched.
    Public - Lynda Joy - Child - 9 April 2019



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  • External links
  • References
    • Henderson, J. (1958). 22 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.277, 333–4, 371, 372, 391, 408. AWMM
    • Kay, R. (1967). Italy. Volume 2. From Cassino to Trieste. Dept. of Internal Affairs, Historical Publications Branch, Wellington, N.Z. AWMM
      p.176. 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.356 AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
09 April 2019Lynda JoyDunedin New ZealandChild
05 June 2018AllanDunedinChild
25 May 2018Allan RaeDunedin, New ZealandChild

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