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Joseph Edward Smith

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Joseph Edward AWMM
  • Surname
    Smith AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    68809 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    11 August 1908 AWMM KawakawaBay of Islands AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Unknown AWMM Moerewa, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM Moerewa, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs E.M. Smith (wife), Globe Hotel, Papakura, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs E.M. Smith (wife), Globe Hotel, Papakura, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Pacific AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    68809 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    10 February 1944 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Smith, Joseph Edward. (Ref. WO 373/45/404). Military Medal. MM. New Zealand Gazette 27 January 1944. 34 Battalion. Private. "Gallant conduct during a determined enemy attack at Soanotalu on the 2nd November 1943. Private Smith was with a party of 10, including one officer and one Staff Sergeant, who defended the small beach at Soanotalu. The defenders were considerably outnumbered. When the officer and Staff Sergeant had been mortally wounded and the situation was at its worst, Private Smith took command and, by his resolute actions and calmness, kept the defence intact; finally, after 5 hours fighting, completely annihilating that position of the enemy force which had been penetrated to the the beach." AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
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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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  • Private J. E. Smith, MM; Moerewa, Bay of Islands; born Kawa Kawa, 11 Aug 1908 freezing works employee; wounded 2 Nov 1943. (Source: Gillespie, O.A. The Pacific. p.157.)

    'Command of the little garrison passed to Private C. H. Sherson and, when he was wounded as the Japanese pressed their attack, to the company cook, Private J. E. Smith, who led the defenders until dawn, after which the Japanese melted away into the jungle. When daylight came a patrol was despatched from Logan's headquarters to investigate the state of the beach post, shooting a sniper on the way. Twenty-six Japanese dead lay round Kirk's strongpost. Some of them had reached the barge and were killed beside it. Most of Kirk's garrison were wounded, including one of the Americans and Smith himself who, in the midst of the grim scene, was busily preparing breakfast. Private J. E. Smith, MM; Moerewa, Bay of Islands; born Kawa Kawa, 11 Aug 1908 freezing works employee; wounded 2 Nov 1943.' (Source: Gillespie, O.A. The Pacific. p. 157.) AWMM
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Death

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  • Age at death
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  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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Memorials

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Sources

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  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 6 (Embarkations from 1st October, 1941 to 31st December, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 6: WW2 32 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 9 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1942 to 31st December, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 9: WW2 368 AWMM
    • Gillespie, O. (1952). The Pacific. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.157. AWMM

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