John Wallace AWMM
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Unknown AWMM 16 Rona Avenue, Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
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Mr J.B. Bateman (father), Queen Street, Levin, Manawatu, New Zealand AWMM
Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Single AWMM
Medals and Awards
Military Medal (MM) AWMM
30 December 1941 AWMM
'On 24-25 May 1941 Sergeant Bateman was repeatedly called on to patrol and repair lines of communication in the CANEA area of CRETE. Enemy bombing was heavy and Sergeant Bateman showed outstanding courage and high qualities of leadership which were largely responsible for the good work done by his section.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Bateman, John Wallace. (Ref. WO 373/27/473). Military Medal.
New Zealand Gazette, September 1944, p. 1145 AWMM
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'The wideSapperead disruption of signal communications so early in the battle and the incessant attacks by enemy fighter aircraft on any movement on the roads hampered the despatch of information from formations and units, with the result that for some hours Divisional Headquarters' picture of operations was extremely sketchy. Very shortly after the commencement of the heavy bombing attack which heralded the airborne assault, continual interruptions occurred on the line from Divisional Headquarters to Force Headquarters. Sergeant Bateman and his line maintenance party from Force Signals contrived by prodigious efforts to keep the line in working order for several days, but later when Canea (through which the circuit passed) was bombed almost to complete destruction, the line became useless. During the early stages of the battle, when the paratroops and the assault troops landed from gliders in the Canea area had not been completely disposed of, Bateman and his party were caught up in a vicious little brawl between a small party of British soldiers and some paratroops in the spacious gardens of a house east of the town. This line party also found odd opportunities for musketry practice against small groups of paratroops still at large in the olive groves and vineyards in the area through which the forward lines passed. For his work on maintenance of lines in Crete Bateman was awarded the MM.' (Source: Borman, C.A. Divisional Signals. p. 146.) AWMM
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- 'The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of distinguished services in the Middle East (including Egypt, East Africa, The Western Desert, The Sudan, Greece, Crete, Syria and Tobruk) during the period February 1941 to July 1941.' (London Gazette, 30 December 1941, p.7338.). Military Medal.
- 'On 24-25 May 1941 Sergeant Bateman was repeatedly called on to patrol and repair lines of communication in the CANEA area of CRETE. Enemy bombing was heavy and Sergeant Bateman showed outstanding courage and high qualities of leadership which were largely responsible for the good work done by his section.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Bateman, John Wallace. (Ref. WO 373/27/473). Military Medal.
- Sutherland, J. (1989). Gallantry awards to New Zealanders in World War Two. Christchurch, N.Z.: Regal Medals. AWMM
- Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
WW2 1: WW2 15 AWMM
- Borman, C. (1954). Divisional Signals. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
pp.55, 56, 146, 165. AWMM
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