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Ian Kronast Bertie

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ian Kronast AWMM
  • Surname
    Bertie AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    434481 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    28 May 1921 AWMM WanganuiManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
    Wanganui AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1942 AWMM Wangaehu AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs. G.E. Bertie, c/o Mrs. Simonson, 38 Seddon St., Aramoho (m) AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
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  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    434481 AWMM
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    3 August 1944 AWMM
    MM. New Zealand Gazette, Vol 1/25, p. 157 AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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    WW2 Unknown AWMM Farm hand/Civilian AWMM
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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    18/03/1944 AWMM

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Private I. K. Bertie, MM; Wanganui; born Wanganui, 28 May 1921; farmhand; wounded 18 Mar 1944. (Source: Puttick, E. 25 Battalion. p.413.)

    'During this attack, in order to give covering fire to his section, Private Bertie, 13 Platoon, crawled out to an exposed rock and with his Bren gun opened fire at close range. He received a bullet wound across his head but continued firing, killing two Germans though again wounded, this time through the shoulder, but still maintained his fire on the strongpoint until the section assaulted it. Until ordered to the RAP by his platoon commander, Bertie remained in position giving flank protection to the platoon. For his gallantry and devotion to duty he was awarded the Military Medal.' (Source: Puttick, E. 25 Battalion. p. 413.) AWMM
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Death

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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, 3 August 1944, p.3605.). Military Medal.
      http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/36637/supplements/3605
      Further Reference
    • 'Private Bertie was a member or 13 Platoon, 25 NZ Battalion, at CASSINO, Italy, on 17-18 March 1944. On 17 March his platoon had lost contact with Company Headquarters and after one NCO had been killed and another wounded by sniper fire in trying to re-establish contact Private Bertie volunteered to do so. In face of accurate sniper fire he succeeded in locating the headquarters and returning to his platoon. On 18 March the platoon was attacking an enemy strong-point at the base of Point 193. In order to give effective covering fire to his section, Private Bertie crawled out to an exposed rock. From here he brought fire to bear at close range but received a severe bullet wound across his head. He continued firing, accounting for two enemy killed, and suffered a further wound in the shoulder. In spite of this he still engaged the strong-point with Bren fire until his section assaulted it. After the assaults he remained in position firing on and protecting the flank of his platoon until ordered by his Platoon Commander to the regimental aid post. During the previous three days fighting he had displayed the same coolness and disregard for danger and throughout the action had been an inspiration to the men of his platoon.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Bertie, Ian Kronast. (Ref. WO 373/7/131). Military Medal.
      http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D7350759
      Further Reference
  • 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. 9 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1942 to 31st December, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 9: WW2 33 AWMM
    • Puttick, E. (1960). 25 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.409, 413. AWMM
    • Puttick, E. (1960). 25 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM

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