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Joseph Laurence Rentoul


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Joseph Laurence AWMM
  • Surname
    Rentoul AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • 444219 AWMM
    • NZ12116 AWMM
    • 12116 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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    9 June 1922 AWMM WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
    Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1944 AWMM 68 Randwick Cres., Lower Hutt AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs. G.C. Rentoul, 68 Randwick Cres., Lower Hutt (m) AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1944 AWMM Single/WWII AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
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    • 444219 AWMM
    • NZ12116 AWMM
    • 12116 AWMM
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    13 December 1945 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Rentoul, Joseph Laurence. (Ref. WO 373/14/791). Military Medal. AWMM

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Prisoner of war

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  • Corporal. L. Rentoul, MM; Auckland; born Wellington, 9 Jun 1922; apprentice tinsmith (Source: Kay, R. Italy Volume II : From Cassino to Trieste. p.514.)

    'Thus reinforced, the patrol was divided into two groups, one under Smythe of one tank, two armoured cars and three jeeps, and the other under Hampton of one tank, two armoured cars and one jeep. Smythe's party had not gone far when the tank was bogged and had to be hauled out while an armoured car gave covering fire against German infantry. Hampton's party turned down a side road to investigate a house, and the jeep, which was reconnoitring ahead, was ambushed by Germans: ‘There seemed to be about 150 of them’ Corporal Rentoul eluded the enemy and made his way back to 25 Battalion; two wounded men were later collected by the Lancers; four, including Hampton, were killed or died of their wounds. The rest of the patrol was recalled. Corporal J. L. Rentoul, MM; Auckland; born Wellington, 9 Jun 1922; apprentice tinsmith.; 25 Battalion - Corporal Rentoul also succeeded in getting back to the battalion. When he saw that the position was hopeless he decided to make the attempt, and with great difficulty and coolness and by crawling along drains and concealing himself in a culvert for some hours, he eluded the enemy and brought valuable information back to the unit. Earlier in the month on the night before the attack across the Senio he laid and fired two Bangalore torpedoes to cut wire and blow mines on the bank of the river, and also blew gaps in the bank to give Wasps and Crocodiles a field of fire. For these services he was awarded the Military Medal. Corporal. L. Rentoul, MM; Auckland; born Wellington, 9 Jun 1922; apprentice tinsmith' (Source: Kay, R. Italy Volume II : From Cassino to Trieste. p. 514.; Puttick, E. 25 Battalion. p. 615.)

    6 years Commissioned Service (Source: McNabb Navy List) AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • Puttick, E. (1960). 25 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.615. AWMM
    • Kay, R. (1967). Italy. Volume 2. From Cassino to Trieste. Dept. of Internal Affairs, Historical Publications Branch, Wellington, N.Z. AWMM
      p.514. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 13 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1944 to 31st March, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.104 AWMM
    • Royal New Zealand Navy List (c.1921-c.1970) - kindly provided by Ralph McNabb. AWMM

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