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Gifford John McNaught

Portrait, Weekly News 17 December 1941 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Weekly News 17 December 1941 - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Gifford John AWMM
  • Surname
    McNaught AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWI 29697 AWMM
    • WWII 6094 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    26 November 1896 AWMM WanganuiManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • WW1 Durie Hill, Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW1 714 High Street, Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW1 James McNaught (father), Durie Hill, Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW1 Mrs. M.E. McNaught (wife), 714 High Street, Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      DSO citation: "This officer commanded 25 New Zealand Battalion in the attack on Hill 175 near Sidi Rezegh on Sunday 23 November 1941. The hill was very strongly held by German and Italian troops who were considerably reinforced from the direction of Sidi Rezegh after the attack commenced. Lieutenant Colonel McNaught led his battalion with conspicuous gallantry during the assault and later during several heavy and determined counter attacks during which many casualties were sustained by our troops and the situation became very obscure and precarious. Without regard for his own personal safety he reorganised the defence of the area and by his tireless energy and courageous conduct was able to retain most of the ground he had won. He was three times wounded during this engagement but continued to lead his battalion until he was overcome by the effect of his wounds. Even then it was with difficulty that he was persuaded to go back to the dressing station and he did not go till his successor in command had arrived and he had advised him fully of the situation. The success of this operation was largely due to Lieutenant Colonel McNaught's inspiring courage and leadership." (NZ Gazette, 21 September 1944) AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Africa Star AWMM
    • Defence Medal AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
    • Coronation Medal 1953 AWMM
    • Efficiency Decoration (ED) AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    Wounded three times on 23 November 1941 near Point 175, Sidi Rezegh during an enemy infantry counter-attack on 25 Battalion's right flank. His wounds were severe and he was later returned to New Zealand and discharged. AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Sergeant with NZ Machine Gun Corps, June 1916-1918

    Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on 3 February 1919

    Discharged from NZEF on 13 November 1919

    Served as 2 Lt with Wellington Regiment in 1926;

    Promoted to Captain with W'gtn Regt and put in charge of 3 (Cadet) Battalion, 1930

    Commanding Officer (CO) of 29 (Composite) Battalion in the UK, June 1940 - March 1941.

    CO of 25 Infantry Battalion, September-December 1941.

    General Staff Officer grade 1 (GSO 1) of HQ at Maadi Camp, April 1942.

    Headmaster of New Plymouth Boy's High School, 1942-57 AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    1 June 1975 AWMM
    Age 78 AWMM
    New PlymouthTaranaki AWMM
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  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1918). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      52: 24 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 2: WW2 122 AWMM
    • Haigh, J., Polaschek, A. (Eds.). (1993). New Zealand and the Distinguished Service Order. Christchurch, N.Z.: Authors. AWMM
    • Cody, J.F. (1961). New Zealand Engineers, Middle East. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Henderson, J. (1958). 22 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Puttick, E. (1960). 25 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 5: Includes portrait AWMM
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