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Reginald Ernest Hermans

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Portrait from Weekly News; 15 March 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait from Weekly News; 15 March 1944 - This image may be subject to copyright

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Reginald Ernest AWMM
  • Surname
    Hermans AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Reg AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 27138 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    29 August 1918 AWMM RanganuiManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre Jun 1940 AWMM 1 Maxwell Avenue, Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr F. Hermans (father), 1 Maxwell Avenue, Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 27 August 1940 AWMM Single/WWII AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Hopu Hopu Military Camp, Ngaruawahia AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Jun 1940 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    Civil Engineering Cadet/Civilian AWMM
    AWMM
  • 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
    • Other, Unknown Period AWMM
      Spectacles AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Wounded 7 December 1943 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Gun shot wounds (fractured femur and internal injuries) AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      No. 3 NZ General Hospital Bari Italy (December 1943-February 1944) AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      No. 1 NZ General Hospital Helwan Egypt (February-March 1944) AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      HMHS Maunganui (March-April 1944) AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Wellington Public Hospital (April 1944-March 1946) AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Elizabeth

    Mr Hermans recorded the last unit served as NZ Engineers, 6 Field Company

    Justice of the Peace

    Cenotaph record initially prepared with the serviceman in 2006

    Lt R. E. Hermans, MC; Mangakino; born Ranganui, 29 Aug 1918; civil engineer; wounded 7 Dec 1943. (Source: Burdon, R.M. 24 Battalion. p.217.)

    'Lieutenant Hermans, directing operations, ‘was standing at that end when there was an almighty bang behind me quickly followed by several more. I turned around to find men scattered everywhere—some on the bridge, some on the river bank, some in the river, some dead, some wounded, some not touched. The place was a shambles. I dashed back across the bridge and found that it had had a direct hit on the near shore span just as half a dozen men had been carrying the last sections over. They were all killed instantly and one or two who were carried out of the river were so badly wounded that they died within minutes.’
    The wounded were attended to and those able to move were helped into whatever shelter could be found, for in addition to the shellbursts enemy planes were now spraying the area with bullets.
    The Company wireless car had come down to the end of the track at daybreak and on its own initiative sent for an ambulance, so that when Hermans arrived to ask for medical aid the MO was already attending the walking cases. The ambulance orderlies, some 3 Platoon men, Lieutenant Hermans and Corporal ‘Chick’ Goodwin, who had already brought one man out, returned for the rest of the wounded.
    The platoon commander remained at the bridge directing the stretcher bearers. It was two hours before the last of the casualties were away, and then, after a final search, Hermans found that one of the apparently dead sappers was still alive. A sapper whose name cannot be discovered had remained with Lieutenant Hermans and the pair improvised a stretcher with a couple of folding-boat oars, a length of rope and some great-coats. The bridge area was still under fire as they carried out Sapper Hume until a stretcher party from 3 Platoon took over. It was all in vain for Hume died before he could be attended to. Lieutenant Hermans and Corporal Goodwin were later decorated with the MC and MM respectively. With eleven killed or died of wounds and eight wounded, practically half the platoon became casualties in those few minutes.' (Source: Cody, J.F. New Zealand Engineers, Middle East. p. 506.) AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    1 October 2012 AWMM
    Age 94 AWMM
    HamiltonWaikato AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 3 October 2012 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Taylor, A. (1998). The New Zealand roll of honour : New Zealanders who have served their country in peace and war : 150 years, 1845-1995. Auckland, N.Z.: Roll of Honour Publications. AWMM
    • Military Personnel file AWMM
    • Auckland Weekly News AWMM
      10 May 1944 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald 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 211 AWMM
    • Taylor, A. (1998). The New Zealand roll of honour : New Zealanders who have served their country in peace and war : 150 years, 1845-1995. Auckland, N.Z.: Roll of Honour Publications. AWMM
      p. 508 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: 3 October 2012 AWMM
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.217. AWMM
    • Cody, J.F. (1961). New Zealand Engineers, Middle East. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.358, 359, 365, 366, 386, 420, 426, 428, 432, 440, 482, 489, 503, 505, 506, 513–14, 517, 518. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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