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Joseph Anthony Forsyth

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FORSYTH Joseph Anthony Abt 1939

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Joseph Anthony AWMM
  • Surname
    Forsyth AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 9637 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
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About birth

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  • Birth
    13 March 1918 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
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  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1940 AWMM Tiriroa, Westport, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr W. Forsyth (father), Halswell, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 4 January 1940 AWMM Single/WWII AWMM


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  • Regular soldier 1950-1955

    Sergeant J. A. Forsyth, MM; North Egmont; born Auckland, 13 Mar 1918; seaman; Regular soldier 1950–55. (Source: Kay, R. 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion. p.289.)

    'In the fighting on Miteiriya Ridge ten machine-gunners had been killed and eleven wounded—not many casualties if compared with the losses at Sidi Rezegh and in other desert battles. This might be attributed, at least in part, to the fact that the fighting had been less mobile. The German armour did not get the chance to counter-attack as it had done at Sidi Rezegh, Ruweisat and El Mreir. Also the troops had better knowledge of what they were to do—information had been passed right down to platoons before the battle. On Miteiriya Ridge Gardiner won the only DSO awarded to a NZ machine-gun officer in the Second World War, Halkett and Beard the MC, and Cattanach, Black and Forsyth the MM.' (Source: Kay, R. 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion. p. 289.) AWMM
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  • Death
    25 January 2012 AWMM
    Age 93 AWMM
    ChristchurchCanterbury AWMM
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    Obituary: New Zealand Herald, 28 January 2012 AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • Cooke, P. (2001). Defending New Zealand: ramparts on the sea 1840-1950s. Wellington, N.Z.: Defence of New Zealand Study Group. 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
      p.61 AWMM
    • Kay, R. (1958). 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.286, 289. AWMM
    • Kay, R. (1958). 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM


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