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Francis Gerald Nolan

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Francis Gerald AWMM
  • Surname
    Nolan AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Gerald Francis AWMM
  • Service number
    14643 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    26 July 1917 AWMM AWMM
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  • War
  • Campaign
    Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    14643 AWMM
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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    14 October 1943 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Nolan, Francis Gerald. (Ref. WO 373/26/259). Military Medal. AWMM

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  • Son of John James Nolan and of Margaret Mary Nolan (nee Hanlon), of Tewuka, Canterbury, New Zealand

    Listed as Gerald Francis on CWG

    Lance Corporal F. G. Nolan, MM; born NZ 26 Jul 1917; labourer; killed in action 15 Dec 1943. (Source: Ross, A. 23 Battalion. p.169.)

    '‘Despite the heavy fire and bursting of hand grenades, our chaps made short work of the forward positions,’ says Blampied. Unfortunately, during one of the first bayonet charges, Captain Begg was killed by a direct burst of machine-gun fire. Private ‘Nip’ Nolan of 11 Platoon took a speedy revenge and followed up his grenade by going in with the bayonet on the machine-gun crew responsible. Similar incidents occurred at other points. Several casualties were also sustained. No. 11 Platoon, under the command of Sergeant Dave McKay, lost some of its connecting files as well as an outstanding section leader in Corporal Henry. This platoon thus became temporarily separated from the rest of the company in the confusing fighting which followed. No. 12 Platoon, under Lieutenant Don Grant, was on the extreme right of the divisional advance and, as a gap remained between the New Zealanders and the Indians farther to the east, this platoon was much troubled by fire from its right flank. Grant had some difficulty in keeping his platoon on its correct bearing and preventing it from sheering off to deal with this fire. After B Company had cleaned up a series of enemy positions and taken some dozens of prisoners in a fighting advance of over three hours, its men went to ground for approximately half an hour while Lieutenant Grant Robertson, OC 10 Platoon, who had taken over command of the company, reorganised and also discovered what the movements of tanks on the left front meant. By now all contact with D Company had been lost.' (Source: Ross, A. 23 Battalion. pp. 169.) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    15 December 1943 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    ItalyEurope AWMM
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  • Cemetery
    Sangro River War Cemetery, Italy AWMM XVI. C. 14 AWMM
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Ross, A. (1959). 23 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.169, 206. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.265 AWMM
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