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Gordon James Oliphant Stewart

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Photograph Colonel Gordon James Oliphant Stewart (1531) while he was on leave in 1943. - This image may be subject to copyright

Photograph Colonel Gordon James Oliphant Stewart (1531) while he was on leave in 1943. - This image …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Gordon James Oliphant AWMM
  • Surname
    Stewart AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 1531 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    22 November 1908 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • WW2 Pre Sep 1939 AWMM 74 New North Road, Mount Albert, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Unknown AWMM 74 New North Road, Mount Albert, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Mrs A.K. Stewart (wife), 74 New North Road, Mount Albert, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Mrs A.K. Stewart (wife), 74 New North Road, Mount Albert, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Greece AWMM
    • North Africa AWMM
    • Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 1531 AWMM
  • Military service
    Territorial Forces AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      DSO in April 1941 after the Pinios Gorge action, Greece. New Zealand Gazette on 21 September 1944 citation: 'Displaying energy, courage and initiative of the highest order throughout the day of 18 April 1941 on the Pinios river (Greece) when his battery was supporting the 21 New Zealand Battalion NZR and the 16 Australian Brigade when acting as a flank guard to ANZAC Corps against an enemy which outnumbered the above forces many times, and particularly for the manner in which he, personally conducted a rearguard action to cover the withdrawal of the infantry. The battery in an orderly withdrawal came into action against a sustained tank attack which was successfully stopped by the battery alone at ranges as short as 500 yards, the covering and protecting force of cavalry not having appeared. As a result of this determined stand the enemy halted as darkness fell, allowing the unhindered passage of the ANZAC Corps through the town of Larissa throughout the night of 18-19 April 1941.' AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Africa Star (8th Army clasp) AWMM
    • Italy Star AWMM
    • Defence Medal AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 with oak leaf AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
    • Efficiency Decoration (ED) AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Trained as a gunner AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Wounded 3 March 1943 AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Cancer AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Educated at Auckland Grammar School.

    Gordon Stewart fought in battles at Tempe and Pinios Gorge, Medenine, Cassino, La Romota and Florence.

    He was wounded on 3 March 1943 when the jeep he was travelling in ran over an anti-tank mine and he was thrown into the air.

    W.E Murphy in his book says of Gordon Stewart , " From the leapfrog withdrawal of 26 Battery near Tempe in Greece through all the desert fighting Stewart had been a skillful and forceful commander...", and he goes on to say that though he was "...stern on formal occasions, inspiring in action, he could be agreeably relaxed at other times"

    Gordon Stewart was the longest serving regimental commander in the RNZA serving with the 4 Field Regiment throughout, both with his unit and as a Commanding Officer (CO).

    Stewart was CO of 4 Field Regiment from August 1942- March 1943 and again from December 1943-March 1945. Between March and December 1943 he was on recovering from his accident and on leave in New Zealand under the Ruapehu Scheme.

    From 22 February-16 March 1945 Stewart was Commander, Royal Artillery of 2 New Zealand Divisional Artillery. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    27 July 1973 AWMM
    Age 64 AWMM
    AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Soldiers Ash Burial K Row 4a, Plot 10 AWMM
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  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • To my Gramps.

    A true gentleman and my hero. You are always in my heart.

    Love from Gill. Xxxxx
    Public - Gill - Direct descendant - 1 August 2018
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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Auckland Grammar School Chronicle. Auckland, N.Z.: Auckland Grammar School. 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
      WW2 1: WW2 173 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 184 AWMM
    • Auckland Grammar School Chronicle. Auckland, N.Z.: Auckland Grammar School. AWMM
      Auckland Grammar School chronicle. 1941. portrait AWMM
    • Connolly, A., & Stanes, P. Rememberance: Auckland Grammar School Great War Roll of Honour. Vols 1 & 2. Auckland: Petand Prodctions. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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01 August 2018Gill EnglandDirect descendant
25 October 2017SamHamiltonResearcher

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