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John Wallace Bateman

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Wallace AWMM
  • Surname
    Bateman AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    4039 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    4 February 1916 AWMM AWMM
    Wellington AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 16 Rona Avenue, Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr J.B. Bateman (father), Queen Street, Levin, Manawatu, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    4039 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • 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

Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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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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Death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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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.
      http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/35396/pages/7338
      Further Reference
    • '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.
      http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D7362983
      Further Reference
  • Documents
    • 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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