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Norman Milton Christie

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Norman Milton AWMM
  • Surname
    Christie AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    264737 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    10 May 1920 AWMM MiltonOtago AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1942 AWMM Single/WWII AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    264737 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    • Military Medal (MM) AWMM
      6 April 1944 AWMM
      'On 3 December 1943 Private Christie was Regimental Aid Post orderly attached a platoon of the Battalion, which was occupying positions forward of the village of CASTELFRENTANO, Italy. During heavy shelling of the road through the Company’s position several machine-gunners were wounded. Despite the fact that the road was being shelled accurately at the time, Private Christie moved quickly forward to dress the wounds of the injured and then assisted in carrying them out of the danger area. On four separate occasions he passed through an area under heavy shell-fire to attend the wounded and it is certain that his action not only alleviated suffering but saved lives. His devotion to duty under fire was an inspiration to the men in his Company.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Christie, Norman Milton. (Ref. WO 373/5/462). Military Medal. 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
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Alex and Maud Christie, of Waikaia, Southland, New Zealand

    Corporal N. M. Christie, M M; born Milton, 10 May 1920; farm labourer; killed in action 3 Apr 1944. (Source: Ross, A. 23 Battalion. p.293.)

    'While in these positions west of Castelfrentano, the 23rd came under some heavy shelling and a few Luftwaffe attacks, deaths and casualties being suffered from both. D Company on the left, nearest the ‘Mad Mile’ which ran past the brickworks although on a different road, came under the heaviest shelling. On several occasions, trucks moving on this road were subjected to accurate and heavy shelling. More than once, Private Norman M. Christie, the RAP orderly attached to D Company, dashed to the rescue of the wounded, dressed their wounds and assisted in carrying the badly wounded to the refuge of the nearest house, all with a complete disregard for his own safety.' (Source: Ross, A. 23 Battalion. p. 293.) AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    3 April 1944 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    ItalyEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cassino War Cemetery, Italy AWMM VI. K. 5 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name

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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, 6 April 1944, p.1588.). Military Medal.
      http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/36456/supplements/1588
      Further Reference
    • 'On 3 December 1943 Private Christie was Regimental Aid Post orderly attached a platoon of the Battalion, which was occupying positions forward of the village of CASTELFRENTANO, Italy. During heavy shelling of the road through the Company’s position several machine-gunners were wounded. Despite the fact that the road was being shelled accurately at the time, Private Christie moved quickly forward to dress the wounds of the injured and then assisted in carrying them out of the danger area. On four separate occasions he passed through an area under heavy shell-fire to attend the wounded and it is certain that his action not only alleviated suffering but saved lives. His devotion to duty under fire was an inspiration to the men in his Company.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Christie, Norman Milton. (Ref. WO 373/5/462). Military Medal.
      http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=C8907629
      Further Reference
    • Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
      https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/2608537
      Sources Used
  • Documents
    • Ross, A. (1959). 23 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.293. 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
      p.73 AWMM
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