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Jack Longton Richards

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Jack Longton AWMM
  • Surname
    Richards AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    2898 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    9 July 1916 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM C/o Colyer Watson Company, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr E.K. Richards (father), Egdecombe Road, Tauranga, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    2898 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    6 April 1944 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Richards, Jack Longton. (Ref. WO 373/5/438). Military Medal. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Betty

    WO I J. L. Richards, MM; Auckland; born Wellington, 9 Jul 1916; company director. (Source: Dawson, W.D. 18 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. p.193.)

    'By 4 p.m. the battalion was consolidating on the airfield, occupying old German positions on the western boundary with C Company to the north and A to the south. Divisional Cavalry was still patrolling westwards. C and D Companies had cleared the control buildings on the northern edge; D Company was now occupying them and lining the escarpment, which fell away 100 feet just beyond the buildings. B was in reserve on the open field left of D. On the escarpment edge were the carriers and an attached section of Vickers guns, all firing downhill at enemy posts on the main road and a small side road which wound down the escarpment from the airfield. A troop of 25-pounders farther back was also in the party. German mortars and small-calibre guns were firing back, but it was only speculative shooting and fairly harmless, as Jerry had no observation over the airfield.

    The triumphal entry into Gambut is described by RQMS Jack Richards: The show was absolutely deserted when we drove in. It was a noble sight, we passed thousands of neatly stacked bombs then drove over the airfield to the tents and buildings on the other side. Someone started shelling us from the road so we debussed and the Coys. went forward while the rest of us started investigating. Near the repair sheds there were about 30 damaged German planes…. Some had obviously crashed and had been brought in probably for spare parts but many had been damaged on the ground by our R.A.F. because you could see bomb holes and shrapnel all over the place. But our natural instinct for loot and booty soon led us into the many tents and dugouts round the area. In half an hour most of us were running round in a weird assortment of German and Italian clothing. All of us were smoking German or Italian cigarettes or cigars. Others had got abandoned lorries, cars and motor bikes going while some fortunate few had bagged automatic pistols. We had a marvellous time and although looting is not in accordance with army regulations we were allowed a fairly free rein.

    Richards adds that when 18 Battalion left Gambut its transport was ‘supplemented by one German breakdown truck, an Opel car, and a couple of motor bikes’. WO I J. L. Richards, MM; Auckland; born Wellington, 9 Jul 1916; company director.
    ' (Source: Dawson, W.D. 18 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. pp. 193.) AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    14 March 2005 AWMM
    Age 88 AWMM
    AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
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  • Cause of death
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  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, March 2005 AWMM
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Sources

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  • Documents
    • The New Zealand Herald 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 152 AWMM
    • Dawson, W. (1961). 18 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      Dawson, W. (1961). p. 359-60, 399-400, 664 AWMM
    • Dawson, W. (1961). 18 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.193, 336, 359, 360, 399, 400, 664. AWMM
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