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Albert Ronald Guthrey

Portrait of Second-Lieutenant A.R. Guthrey, M.C., of Hokitika, wounded. Auckland Weekly News, 11 February 1942. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19420211-24-6. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Second-Lieutenant A.R. Guthrey, M.C., of Hokitika, wounded. Auckland Weekly News, 11 Feb …


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    Albert Ronald AWMM
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    Guthrey AWMM
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    WWII 7153 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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    15 January 1916 AWMM RaweneNorthland AWMM
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    WW2 Unknown AWMM 91 Carlton Mill Road, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
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    WW2 Mrs C.H. Guthrey (mother) P.O. Box 42, Hokitika, New Zealand AWMM
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    Unknown AWMM Single/WWII AWMM


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    Military Cross (MC) AWMM
    20 January 1942 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Gurthrey, Albert Ronald. (Ref. WO 373/18/262). Military Cross. AWMM

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    WW2 Unknown AWMM Clerk AWMM
    ChristchurchCanterbury AWMM
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  • Lt A. R. Guthrey, MC; Christchurch; born Rawene, 15 Jan 1916; clerk; wounded Nov 1941. (Source: Glue, W.A. & Pringle, D.J.C. 20 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. p.172.)

    'Once more the battalion formed up in desert formation and moved west to link up with 4 Brigade, halting about dusk astride the Trigh Capuzzo approximately 4000 yards east of Point 175. Defensive positions were taken up for the night with three companies forward. A Company on the left was to make contact with 6 Brigade on the escarpment. No enemy was seen, but the Divisional Headquarters defence platoon which had moved forward of the battalion positions just before dusk was driven back by enemy fire.
    Next morning, 25 November, the advance was continued until the battalion was nearly level with a prominent square stone building, subsequently known as the Blockhouse, near the edge of Sidi Rezegh escarpment on Point 167. The Bren carriers with the CO were advancing a mile ahead of the trucks. A herd of gazelles sprang out of the bushes and raced nimbly ahead. Suddenly the carriers were fired on at short range by a well-concealed anti-tank gun, probably sited in the mouth of Rugbet en Nbeidat. Other fire from the right was at first thought to have come from 18 Battalion's area. Corporal Tom Veitch put his steel helmet on his rifle, the recognition signal, but this was promptly knocked out of his hand by the next shell. Two of the Bren carriers, those commanded by Sergeant Kimber and Corporal Veitch, were hit and both drivers and a gunner wounded. The survivors jumped out and endeavoured to reply with Bren-gun fire from the ground but were forced by enemy machine-gun fire to withdraw. When a lull came they tried to rescue the wounded men and were immediately engaged. Corporals Scott and Lumsden coolly manoeuvred their carriers alongside the knocked-out vehicles under heavy anti-tank and machine-gun fire. Two of the wounded were transferred but the third was killed when his carrier was hit by two more shells. The carrier platoon's commander, Lieutenant Guthrey, won the MC for his part in this and earlier actions.' (Source: Glue, W.A. & Pringle, D.J.C. 20 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. p. 178.) AWMM
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