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Alan Sperry

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Portrait, Alan Sperry in uniform - This image may be subject to copyright
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Alan AWMM
  • Surname
    Sperry AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Allan AWMM
  • Service number
    2760 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    20 August 1918 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • 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
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Greece AWMM
    • 1941 AWMM
      World War 2/wars AWMM
      Crete AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    2760 AWMM
  • Military service
    School Cadets AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • 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

Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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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 in action but remained with his unit. AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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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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Death

About death

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  • Death
    29 May 1987 AWMM
    Age 68 AWMM
    HamiltonWaikato AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated at Hamilton Park Cemetery and Crematorium, Newstead, Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    New Zealand Herald and Waikato Times AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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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

Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • 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
      p.170 AWMM
    • Loughnan, R. (1963). Divisional Cavalry. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM

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21 April 2015Graham AlanReporoa, New ZealandChild
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