Also known as
20 August 1918 AWMM AWMM
Date of birth
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Address before enlistment
Pre 18 September 1939 AWMM Whatawhata, New Zealand AWMM
Post war occupation
Next of kin on embarkation
Mr Fabian Sperry (father), Whatawhata, New Zealand AWMM
Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Single AWMM
Medals and Awards
- 1939-1945 Star AWMM
- Africa Star (8th Army clasp) AWMM
- Defence Medal AWMM
- War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
- New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
- Commemorative Medal of War 1940-41 (Greece) AWMM
- Military Medal and bar (MM*) AWMM
19 March 1942 AWMM
The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Sperry, Allan. (Ref. WO 373/27/489). Bar to Military Medal.
Citation for Bar to Military Medal: "'Libya 1942' During the German attack at Menastir on December 3rd Corporal A. Sperry was acting as despatch rider for his squadron leader. At one stage of the attack he rode forward alone on his motorcycle, under mortar and machnine gun fire and drew a complete and accurate picture of the enemy dispositions. Later Corporal Sperry saw some of our own vehicles driving towards the enemy. Realising the drivers were probably unaware of the proximity of the enemy he rode forward to warn them. To reach the vehicles he had to ride over most difficult boulder strewn country, the last half mile of which was under heavy fire. He succeeded in reaching the vehicles and led them back to safety. Throughout the action Corporal Sperry showed the utmost courage and disregard for his personal safety, and undoubtedly saved a number of our vehicles and personnel from becoming casualties." AWMM
- Military Medal (MM) AWMM
30 December 1941 AWMM
The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Sperry, Allan. (Ref. WO 373/27/489). Military Medal.
Citation for Military Medal (MM): "'Greece 1941' During the retreat from Mt Olympus in April 1941, the Divisional Cavalry, scattered over a wide front, found that the Germans were jamming their vital radio links. Trooper Al[l]an Sperry rode his motorcycle two miles towards the advancing enemy to get a message to a squadron which was in danger of being cut off." AWMM
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Sperry's father Fabian Sperry (13/461) and his uncle Reginald Pountney Sperry (13/2920) both served in World War I. He also had several brothers: David, Lewis and Owen who also served in World War II.
Recorded in the Hamilton Cemeteries database as Allan Sperry
The double decoration of the Military Medal and Bar was among those presented by General Auchinlech at a ceremonial parade of the New Zealand Division.
As one of the only two members of his unit with two decorations, Sergeant Sperry was presented to Winston Churchill when the British Prime Minister visited the Division at El Elamain in August, 1942. AWMM
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Cremated at Hamilton Park Cemetery and Crematorium, Newstead, Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM
New Zealand Herald and Waikato Times AWMM
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Alan and his brothers were all members of the Hamilton Caledonian Pipe Band and Alan was a very good piper. The Divisional Cavalry Regiment appreciated his piping and he decided to take his pipes overseas with him. However, the pipes were a particularly valuable set and so his brother Lewis agreed to look after Alan's pipes in NZ and loan his own set to Alan to take overseas. Unfortunately, during the retreat from the Galatos area of Crete he was forced to leave them behind. He hid them in a cave in the Galatos area but the pipes have never been recovered.
After the war and when taking occasional leave of running his soft furnishing business in Hamilton Alan spent what time he could as Pipe Sergeant of the Hamilton Caledonian Pipe Band and strongly supported that society. His other main interest was trout fishing and after his death his ashes were scattered over his favourite fishing
Public - Graham Alan - Child - 21 April 2015
- 'The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East:
Bar to the Military Medal to No. 2760 Corporal Alan Sperry, M.M., New Zealand Military Forces.' (London Gazette, 19 March 1942, p.1262.). Bar to Military Medal.
- 'The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of distinguished services in the Middle East (including Egypt, East Africa, The Western Desert, The Sudan, Greece, Crete, Syria and Tobruk) during the period February 1941 to July 1941.' (London Gazette, 30 December 1941, p.7338.). Military Medal.
- The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Sperry, Allan. (Ref. WO 373/27/489). Bar to Military Medal.
- The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Sperry, Allan. (Ref. WO 373/27/489). Military Medal.
- 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
- Loughnan, R. (1963). Divisional Cavalry. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
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