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Andrew John Riddell

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Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War II Hall of Memories Panel  R_009. Image taken June 2020.

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War II Hall of Memories Panel R_009. Image taken June 2020.

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Andrew John AWMM
  • Surname
    Riddell AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    30875 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    8 November 1904 AWMM Te AwamutuWaikato AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Aria, Te Kuiti, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs S.M. Riddell (wife), Aria, Te Kuiti, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    30875 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    19 March 1942 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Riddell, Andrew John. (Ref. WO 373/19/452). Military Medal. Citation for Military Medal (MM): " No. 30875 Sergeant Andrew John Riddell, New Zealand Military Forces." (London Gazette (online), issue 35492, published 17 March 1942, p. 1262) Citation: "During the 18th [December 1941] Lieutenant Wilder was reconnoitring the enemy's road block when one of his tanks was knocked out by gunfire. Its driver, Trooper Galvin, was badly wounded in the legs but the other two of the crew, Sergeant Riddell and Lance-Corporal Lovegrove, managed to get him out and into a fold in the ground away from the tank. There they gave him first aid and all three lay low throughout the day while enemy mortars searched for them. They managed to work their way back to safety after dark. For this, both Riddell and Lovegrove were awarded the Military Medal." (Loughnan 1963) AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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 in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Andrew Riddell was the son of Andrew Melita and Susan Winifred Riddell (née Doyle) of Aria, Taranaki.

    Husband of Sina Marion Riddell of Remuera, Auckland.

    Sergeant A. J. Riddell, MM; born NZ 8 Nov 1904; cartage contractor; killed in action 22 Jul 1942. (Source: Loughnan, R.J.M. Divisional Cavalry. p.165.)

    'During the 18th Lieutenant Wilder was reconnoitring the enemy's road block when one of his tanks was knocked out by gunfire. Its driver, Trooper Galvin, was badly wounded in the legs but the other two of the crew, Sergeant Riddell and Lance-Corporal Lovegrove, managed to get him out and into a fold in the ground away from the tank. There they gave him first aid and all three lay low throughout the day while enemy mortars searched the ground for them. They managed to work their way back to safety after dark. For this, both Riddell and Lovegrove were awarded the Military Medal. Sergeant A. J. Riddell, MM; born NZ 8 Nov 1904; cartage contractor; killed in action 22 Jul 1942.' (Source: Loughnan, R.J.M. Divisional Cavalry. p. 165.) AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    22 July 1942 AWMM
    Age 37 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 XXVIII.E.2. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Sergeant Andrew John Riddell, M.M., who has been reported killed in action, was born at Te Awamutu in 1902 [sic], and attended the Matiere school. He left New Zealand with the Third Echelon, and won the Military Medal in the last Libyan campaign during an attack on a detachment of the enemy near Bardia. His tank received four direct hits, but he did not leave the vehicle until he had extricated the wounded driver. He then carried him 300yds. under heavy mortar and machine-gun fire, and stayed with him until rescued after dark. Sergeant Riddell has a brother overseas. One brother-in-law was killed in action and another died from wounds while a prisoner of war. Sergeant Riddell's wife lives at Aria. (New Zealand Herald, 5 August 1942, p. 5) AWMM
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Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139. 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 401 AWMM
    • Loughnan, R. (1963). Divisional Cavalry. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp. 163, 165, 202. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Obituary: New Zealand Herald, 5 August 1942, p. 5 AWMM
    • Loughnan, R. (1963). Divisional Cavalry. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM

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