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Clive Lochiel Pleasants

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Portrait, awarded DSO from The Weekly News; 19 April 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, awarded DSO from The Weekly News; 19 April 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Clive Lochiel AWMM
  • Surname
    Pleasants AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 5214 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    26 July 1910 AWMM HalcombeManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Collegiate School, Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr O.C. Pleasants (father), Matiere, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single/WWII AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) AWMM
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      DSO: New Zealand Gazette, 1 February 1945. Citation: "On 1 December 1943 his regiment was ordered to advance northwards by No 84 road on the left flank of 6 NZ Infantry Brigade attack on Castelfrentano, and to seize the important road junction to the west of that town ... The advance of 18 NZ Armoured Regiment had a direct bearing on the success of 6 NZ Infantry Brigade's capture of Castelfrentano, and cleared the way for the occupation of the ridge to the west of the town ... The example set by Lieutenant Colonel Pleasants has at all times been an inspiration to all concerned." (Haigh & Polaschek, p202) AWMM
    • Military Cross (MC) AWMM
      30 December 1941 AWMM
      'On the afternoon of 22 May, 1941, near Galatos, Crete, Captain Pleasants personally led a Wellington Company on a raid against a parachutists occupying strong positions on the side of the valley from our lines. The Company was held up by very heavy machine-gun fire. Owing to the intense fire it was impossible to make further progress with the men available. The men endeavoured to outflank the Company, but Captain Pleasants, by great skill and timed judgement, extricated his Company from a most dangerous and exposed positon. During this operation he showed great coolness and bravery in moving about under constant fire, directing the withdrawal. Throughout the whole operation in Crete, Captain Pleasants set a wonderful example of devotion to duty. At all times he carried out his duties under the most adverse circumstances. By his complete disregard of danger, his cheerful demeanour at all times, and his calm acceptance of any situation, he was an inspiration to all ranks.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Pleasants, Clive Lochiel. (Ref. WO 373/27/423). Military Cross. AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
      Citation: "On the afternoon of 22 May, 1941, near Galatos, Crete, Captain Pleasants personally led a Wellington Company on a raid against a parachutists occupying strong positions on the side of the valley from our lines. The Company was held up by very heavy machine-gun fire. Owing to the intense fire it was impossible to make further progress with the men available. The men endevoured to outflank the Company, but Captain Pleasants, by great skill and timed judgement, extricated his Company from a most dangerous and exposed positon. During this operation he showed great coolness and bravery in moving about under constant fire, directing the withdrawal. Throughout the whole operation in Crete, Captain Pleasants set a wonderful example of devotion to duty. At all times he carried out his duties under the most adverse circumstances. By his complete disregard of danger, his cheerful demeanour at all times, and his calm acceptance of any situation, he was an inspiration to all ranks." AWMM
    • Africa Star AWMM
    • Italy Star AWMM
    • Defence Medal AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 with oak leaf AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
    • Coronation Medal 1953 AWMM
    • Efficiency Decoration (ED) 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 1 December 1943 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Wounded 15 December 1943 AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Appointed Commanding Officer (CO) of 18 Armoured Regiment, 19 July 1942.

    Appointed Second-in-command (2I/C) of 4 NZ Armoured Brigade, July 1944.

    Commander of 4 NZ Armoured Brigade, September 1944.

    Commander of 5 NZ Infantry Brigade, November 1944.

    Returned to New Zealand, January 1946.

    Commander of Fiji Military Forces, 1949-53.

    Commander of Northern Military District (NMD), 1953, 1960.

    Commander of Central Military District (CMD), 1957.

    Senior Army Liaison Officer, London, 1964.

    Retired 1965.

    Colonel Commandant with Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps.

    Caption on The Auckland Weekly News photo has initials O.L. in error.

    Brig C. L. Pleasants, CBE, DSO, MC, ED, m.i.d.; Fiji; born Halcombe, 26 Jul 1910; schoolmaster; CO 18 Bn Jul-Oct 1942; 18 Armd Regt Oct 1942-Mar 1944; comd 4 Armd Bde Sep-Nov 1944; 5 Bde 1–22 Aug 1944, Nov 1944-Feb 1945, May 1945-Jan 1946; twice wounded; Commander Fiji Military Forces 1949–53. (Source: Cody, J.F. 21 Battalion. p.360.) AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    28 March 1988 AWMM
    Age 77 AWMM
    AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    NZ Herald, 30 March 1988 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

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Sources

Sources

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  • Documents
    • Haigh, J., Polaschek, A. (Eds.). (1993). New Zealand and the Distinguished Service Order. Christchurch, N.Z.: Authors. AWMM
    • 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
      WW2 1: WW2 145 AWMM
    • Dawson, W. (1961). 18 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45: 18 Battalion and Armoured Regiment – by WD Dawson. Wellington: War History Branch, Department of Internal Affairs, 1961D 746 Official HIstory RMT. Page 195-196. F/N & text. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      30 March 1988 AWMM
    • 21 Battalion (Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45) AWMM
      p.360. AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.399. AWMM
    • Davin, D. (1953). Crete. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.62, 149, 151, 170-1, 336. AWMM
    • Henderson, J. (1958). 22 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.368, 376. AWMM
    • Henderson, J. (1954). RMT: official history of the 4th and 6th Reserve Mechanical Transport Companies. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs. AWMM
      pp.195, 196. AWMM
    • Kay, R. (1958). 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.455. AWMM
    • McClymont, W. (1959). To Greece. Wellington, N.Z.: Department Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.186. AWMM
    • Ross, A. (1959). 23 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.307, 377, 407, 413, 425, 428. AWMM
    • Sinclair, D. (1954). 19 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.13, 54, 71,77, 141, 142, 152, 168, 170, 236,251, 259, 261, 276, 295, 297, 445–6,454, 461–2, 464. AWMM
    • Phillips, N.C. (1957). Italy. Volume 1 : The Sangro to Cassino. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.124, 128. AWMM
    • Kay, R. (1967). Italy. Volume 2. From Cassino to Trieste. Dept. of Internal Affairs, Historical Publications Branch, Wellington, N.Z. AWMM
      pp.49, 170, 181, 191, 198, 275-6; 205,216, 231, 249, 272, 325, 343. AWMM
    • Scoullar, J. L. (1955). Battle for Egypt : the summer of 1942. Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch, Wellington, N.Z. AWMM
      pp.113, 315. AWMM
    • Walker, R. (1967). Alam Halfa and Alamein. Dept. of Internal Affairs, Historical Publications Branch, Wellington, N.Z. AWMM
      p.153. AWMM
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