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George Bernard Bartholomew



  • Title
  • Forenames
    George Bernard AWMM
  • Surname
    Bartholomew AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bartholemew AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 33950 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    26 November 1911 AWMM EnglandUnited Kingdom AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    2 Tutira Station, Private Bag, Napier, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr H.H. Bartholomew (father), 32 Woodfield Avenue, Ealing, London, W.5., England AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Western Desert AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 33950 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) AWMM
      Citation for Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM): "As leader of an engineer party attached to a Battalion of the 6th New Zealand Brigade from 17-31 July 1942 Sergeant Bartholomew displayed outstanding devotion to duty and untiring effort in performing valuable patrol work, demolishing enemy equipment and locating and lifting enemy minefields. On three successive nights prior to the 6th New Zealand Brigade's attack on El Mreir, Egypt, on the night of 21-22 July 1942 Sergeant Bartholomew went out with fighting patrols and successfully demolished enemy machine guns and other equipment, and on the two nights immediately prior to the main attack he patrolled the Brigade front, sometimes under sharp machine-gun fire, and located and broghut in full and accurate information of enemy minefields. During the Brigade attack he led his party of Sappers in the dangerous task of lifting enemy booby-traps and mines through a 300 yard field. As the result of his daring and inspiring leadership, mines were rapidly cleared to allow carriers and other supporting transport to move forward. It was due almost entirely to the personal effort and courageous example of Sergeant Bartholomew in the face of enemy machine-gun and mortar fire that enemy minefields on the Battalion front did not hold up the attack." (London Gazette, 29 December 1942) AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Africa Star (8th Army clasp) AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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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

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • George Bartholomew was the son of Harry Herbert and Violet Bartholomew, Ealing, Middlesex, England AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    26 October 1942 AWMM
    Age 31 AWMM
    Western DesertNorth Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt AWMM VI.A.12 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Polaschek, A. (1983). The Complete New Zealand Distinguished Conduct Medal. Christchurch, N.Z.: Medals Research. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 3: WW2 29 AWMM
    • O'Callaghan, Sydney Richard. One Sapper's War, 1915 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2006/65. AWMM
      p. 46 AWMM
    • O'Callaghan, S.R. (1994). One sapper's war. Christchurch, N.Z.: S. R. O'Callaghan. AWMM

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