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Louis Valentine Berridge

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Louis Valentine AWMM
  • Surname
    Berridge AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    418570 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    22 December 1914 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Tokatoka, Waiotira, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs J. Berridge (mother), Tokatoka, Waiotira, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    418570 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    18 October 1945 AWMM
    'On the night of 15-16 April 1945 Sergeant Berridge was in charge of the construction of a Bailey assault bridge over the SILLARO RIVER, Italy. Throughout the night the bridging operations were under heavy harassing fire but Sergeant Berridge did not allow this to interfere with progress. He led his men with energy and courage. When shelling caused some confusion among his train of bridging trucks he quickly, took the matter in hand and reorganised the smooth flow and essential orderly unloading of vehicles. He worked with his men and held them together through the shelling. By his steadiness and coolness when conditions were at their worst he set a splendid example and it was due in no small measure to his cheering and inspiring leadership that the bridge was opened to all traffic before daylight.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Berridge, Louis Valentine. (Ref. WO 373/14/263). Military Medal. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Farm hand/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Sergeant L. V. Berridge, MM; Waiatua, North Auckland; born NZ 22 Dec 1914; blacksmith and farmer; wounded 29 Mar 1944. (Source: Cody, J.F. NZ Engineers, Middle East. p.698.)

    'Lieutenant Harvey (No. 3 Platoon, 8 Field Company) continued a record of river crossing that had begun at Cassino by so encouraging his men to ignore spasmodic interference that their drum and fascine project was ready with both sides dozed at 1 a.m. He then organised a party to tape and minelift two routes across country for about 400 yards to a good metalled road. He also shared the next honours list with an MC.

    The building party from No. 1 Platoon had the earthworks ready by 1 a.m. in spite of heavy harassing fire which Sergeant Berridge, in charge of the job, did not allow to interfere with progress. There was some delay while waiting for a replacement for a truck that an unlucky shall had wrecked, killing the driver and wounding two others. Shelling in the area was heavy at the time and there was some confusion in the RASC bridge train, but Berridge got control and soon had the components moving again. He worked with his team and held them together through a rather bad time until the bridge was finished at 4 a.m. on the 15th with one NZ casualty. For this and previous displays of courage and coolness Sergeant Berridge was awarded an MM.' (Source: Cody, J.F. NZ Engineers, Middle East. p. 698.) AWMM
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Death

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

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Sources

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  • External links
    • 'The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.' (London Gazette, 18 October 1945, p.5102.). Military Medal.
      http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/37310/supplements/5102
      Further Reference
    • 'On the night of 15-16 April 1945 Sergeant Berridge was in charge of the construction of a Bailey assault bridge over the SILLARO RIVER, Italy. Throughout the night the bridging operations were under heavy harassing fire but Sergeant Berridge did not allow this to interfere with progress. He led his men with energy and courage. When shelling caused some confusion among his train of bridging trucks he quickly, took the matter in hand and reorganised the smooth flow and essential orderly unloading of vehicles. He worked with his men and held them together through the shelling. By his steadiness and coolness when conditions were at their worst he set a splendid example and it was due in no small measure to his cheering and inspiring leadership that the bridge was opened to all traffic before daylight.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Berridge, Louis Valentine. (Ref. WO 373/14/263). Military Medal.
      http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D7355700
      Further Reference
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 11 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1943 to 30th June, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 11: WW2 12 AWMM
    • Cody, J.F. (1961). New Zealand Engineers, Middle East. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.698. AWMM
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