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John Victor Riddell

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Victor AWMM
  • Surname
    Riddell AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Jack Riddell AWMM
  • Service number
    284639 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    18 August 1920 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 14 April 1944 AWMM 41 Landscape Rd, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Amy Albeta Riddell (mother), 41 Landscape Rd, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 29 June 1944 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    284639 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Linton, Papakura and Trentham Military Camp - (14.4.44 - 29.6.44) AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 14 April 1944 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    Engineer (Mechanical)/Civilian AWMM
    LintonManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Other, Unknown Period AWMM
      Colour-blind (red/green) AWMM
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 7 inches AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Glandular Fever- Admitted 5th GH AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      6th Field Hospital AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      HMT Stirling Castle AWMM

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Biographical information

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  • Birth month uncertain either 18 August or 18 September 1920

    Father: Emigrated to NZ from East Kilbride, Scotland (approx. 1905); mother: Emigrated from Farnsworth, England 1908 (Athenic). 2 sisters

    Parents: very religious

    Jack was a Christian pacifist during early years of war, but later renounced these views.

    24 Battalion Anzac Day 1997, Murray Adlington and Jack Riddell laid wrath.

    Lance Sergeant J. V. Riddell, MM; Auckland; born Auckland, 18 Sep 1920; engineer. (Source: Burdon, R.M. 24 Battalion. p.324.)

    'The 24th Battalion was now ordered to move forward by bounds, the companies, two abreast, passing through one another as each successive objective was reached. On the afternoon of 12 April A and B Companies, left and right, advanced 1200 yards beyond the Santerno Morto, with D following. Rawley's men met with successive checks at two large cement buildings several hundred yards apart. It appeared at first that each of them was held in strength, but actually they were defended by no more than four or five German officers armed with spandaus who fought desperately to the end. At this stage Massa Lombarda lay on the battalion's north-eastern flank. Starting at midnight, Boord's tired men had had some difficulty in catching up, being hindered on their way by the traffic of 9 Brigade, which was assembling to carry out the pursuit. It was believed that Massa Lombarda and its environs had been evacuated. An attack was to take place at 2 a.m., with C Company moving through B on 26 Battalion's left; the decision whether or not a barrage should be used was left to Major Boord. He decided in favour and the barrage was fired, but the intelligence proved correct and no enemy was encountered. Tanks were up with the infantry, and Boord asked Hutchens for leave to push on beyond the Molini Canal. Permission being granted, C Company advanced 1000 yards through country thick with orchards, vines, hedges and ditches, to what was known as the Retriever line, arriving there just before dawn. At 7.30 a.m. on 13 April, 9 Brigade steamed through the position with its men mounted on Kangaroo tanks.
    Meanwhile Rawley's and Turbott's men had reached the Molini Canal soon after 3 a.m., a quarter of an hour later than C Company, claiming to have fallen into more ditches than at any other stage of the advance. While waiting on that line a patrol under Corporal Riddell of B Company surprised and captured a German wireless operator at work. Riddell had been chiefly responsible for shooting up the two horse-drawn gun teams on the night of 9-10 April. For this and the exploit mentioned above he was awarded the MM. Lance Sergeant J. V. Riddell, MM; Auckland; born Auckland, 18 Sep 1920; engineer.
    ' (Source: Burdon, R.M. 24 Battalion. pp. 324.) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    • 31 July 2015 AWMM
    • 30 July 2015 New Zealand Herald
      Age 94 AWMM
      New Zealand Herald
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  • External links
  • References
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 14 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1944 to 31st December, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 14: WW2 83 AWMM
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.318, 324. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      1/08/2015 AWMM

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