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George Stuart Menzies

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    George Stuart AWMM
  • Surname
    Menzies AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    289487 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    16 January 1920 AWMM EnglandUnited Kingdom AWMM
    England AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Rolleston House, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr G.S. Menzies (father), PO Box 239, Napier, 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
    289487 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Cross (MC) AWMM
    18 October 1945 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Menzies, George Stuart. (Ref. WO 373/14/239). Military Cross. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

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  • Capt G. S. Menzies, MC, m.i.d.; born England, 16 Jan 1920; engineering student. (Source: Cody, J.F. New Zealand Engineers, Middle East. p.482.)

    'No. 1 Troop, 28 Assault Squadron (Captain Menzies), was given the job of putting down a crossing place for the armour. The sappers found the enemy side of the near stopbank cunningly littered with mines of all descriptions—Schu mines, S-mines, Teller mines, Topf mines, and most dangerous of all, R-mines. The combination of dust and battle smoke made visual searching hopeless and it was necessary to clear a lane to the site with mine probes. Captain Menzies led the lane-clearing by personally lifting, disarming or destroying in situ, thus encouraging the new sappers in their first joust with sudden death. An armoured dozer got off the track in the murk and went up on a mine. Captain Farnell, who was supervising his Squadron's first effort, called up an attached 27 Mechanical Equipment Company D6 and meanwhile cleared a track to recover the damaged Sherman dozer. The driver, Corporal Anderton, though suffering from blast and shock, was anxious to get working again and as soon as the replacement arrived he took over its operation.
    When the site had been prepared the scissors bridge was let down on solid timber foundations and Menzies led his mine-prodding party to the far bank, where another lane was cleared for the D6 to work on the exit track.
    The thin-skinned D6 operated by Corporal Read crossed the scissors and was followed by a Kangaroo. Three anti-personnel mines that had been missed exploded under the weight of the machine, but Read carried on until he detonated a deeply buried anti-tank mine. Almost simultaneously the Kangaroo found a mine that the dozer had missed. The dozer was not damaged but the Corporal was badly shaken and four sappers in the Kangaroo were wounded, the first casualties in Assault Squadron. Despite his shaking up Read carried on grading a track over the stopbank. For this and later deeds of determination he was awarded an MM.
    Other bridges were now nearing completion, so by direction of the CRE the project was abandoned and the armour was rerouted via the nearby 6 Field Company crossing. The scissors remained as a standby and a monument to gallant work by a squadron out on operations under difficult conditions for the first time. Captain Menzies' example and leadership were recognised by the award of an MC.' (Source: Cody, J.F. New Zealand Engineers, Middle East. p. 690.) AWMM
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Death

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Sources

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  • Documents
    • Sutherland, J. (1989). Gallantry awards to New Zealanders in World War Two. Christchurch, N.Z.: Regal Medals. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 12: WW2 133 AWMM
    • Cody, J.F. (1961). New Zealand Engineers, Middle East. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.482, 563, 599, 620, 678, 683, 689, 690. AWMM

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