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Henry Colton Arundel Lambert

Group of 28 Maori Battalion Officers at dinner, Hotel St George, Beirut, 1930 hours, 5 June 1942. From left to right: Colonel Edward Te Whiti Love, Rev. Captain Takimoana Kahi Harawira, Lieutenant Paikea Henare Toka, Captain Robert Cecil Shaw-Thompson, Captain Kereti Pau Mariu, Lieutenant Henry Colton Arundel Lambert, Mr Charles Basil Bennet, Lieutenant William Vercoe, WO1 Allan Campbell Wood, DCM, Lieutenant George Tuoro Marsden, John Richard Ormsby, Second Lieutenant Ian Graeme Howden, Major Sydney Freyberg Jackson, Captain Waipaina Matehe Awarau, Major James Clendon Tau Henare, CBE, Lieutenant Hupa Hamiora, Captain James Tuhiwai, mid, Lieutenant Kuru Waaka, Lieutenant Edward Morgan, Lieutenant Colonel Arapeta Awatere, Captain James Matahere, Second Lieutenant John College Reedy, Duncan McCrae, Lieutenant Dr Ronald Alexander MacDonald, Colonel W.W.Johnston, Ben Porter, CSM Rangi France Logan, Second Lieutenant Ehai John Ropata, Jumbo Joseph, Second Lieutenant Kingi Areta Keiha, Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Baker DSO. - This image may be subject to copyright
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  • Title
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    Henry Colton Arundel AWMM
  • Surname
    Lambert AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Harry AWMM
  • Service number
    29357 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    14 June 1914 AWMM AWMM
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  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM C/o Blind Institute, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
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    Mrs I.M. Lambert (wife), 62 Kelmarna Avenue, Herne Bay, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
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    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM


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    Army AWMM
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    29357 AWMM
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    Military Cross (MC) AWMM
    4 April 1944 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Lambert, Henry Colton Arundel. (Ref. WO 373/5/428). During the attack on Fonte Grende on 24 December 1943 Capt. Lambert commanded his anti-tank platoon with conspicuous initiative and energy. Under intense shell and mortar fire he brought the guns of one troop into position close to the infantry forward defended localities and with complete disregard of personal safety he supervised the siting of each gun in turn. Capt. Lambert proceeded then to reconnoitre positions for his second troop, without whose assistance the infantry position would no have been secured, and during the whole of this time he was the target of enemy shelling and machine-gun fire. Owing to the state of the ground, each gun had to be manhandled separately into position, one of guns being put out of action by enemy fire during the process. Capt. Lambert's courage, resourcefulness and initiative not only safeguarded the infantry positions but was a source of encouragement both to his own platoon and to the neighbouring infantry company. He undoubtedly contributed largely to the success of the attack. (L.G. 6/4/1944 (I)) The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Lambert, Henry Colton Arundel. (Ref. WO 373/5/428). Military Cross. AWMM

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    WW2 Unknown AWMM Clerk AWMM
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  • Headmaster of Glendowie Primary school after the war

    Justice of the Peace

    Maj H. C. A. Lambert, MC; Auckland; born NZ 14 Jun 1914; clerk; wounded 28 May 1944. (Source: Cody, J.F. 28 Maori Battalion. p.297.) AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    16 April 1998 AWMM
    Age 83 AWMM
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