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James Russell Page

Portrait, Weekly News 10 December 1941 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Weekly News 10 December 1941 - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    James Russell AWMM
  • Surname
    Page AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Rusty Page AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 1524 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    10 May 1908 AWMM DunedinOtago AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Mayfair Flats, Rotorua, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs B.P. Page (wife), Mayfair Flats, Rotorua, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 27 August 1940 AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) AWMM
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      DSO: NZ Gazette, 21 September 1944. Citation: "This officer has commanded 26 (NZ) Battalion since its formation in May 1940. He led it in action during the Greek Campaign with marked success and again during the campaign in Libya ... On the night 26/27 November [1941] the Battalion undertook another night advance against the strongly held enemy positions on the escarpment [at Sidi Rezegh]. There was a very large number of machine and anti-tank guns in the enemy position and both class of weapons were used with deadly effect against our troops. The nature of the attack and the time at which it was launched precluded any opportunity of supporting it by Artillery and machine-gun fire. The enemy gunners remained in action at their posts until our infantry had advanced literally right up to the muzzles of the guns and the battle was certainly the fiercest that this Brigade has ever experienced. Lieutenant Colonel Page was in the forefront of the attack and in the course of it he was very severely wounded. His magnificent courage and leadership were the outstanding factors which contributed to the great success which was achieved. Throughout all these operations Lieutenant Colonel Page was an inspiration to all his troops and to the whole Brigade Group. In every action he was everywhere on the battlefield. His cheerfulness under very trying circumstances, his utter disregard of danger, his indomitable determination to win and the skill with which he disposed of his forces were over and over again responsible for the very fine achievements of the battalion he commanded." AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Africa Star AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 with oak leaf AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
    • Coronation Medal 1953 AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Attended Royal Military College, Sandhurst, 1927-30. AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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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
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    Wounded 27 November 1941 at Sidi Rezegh. AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Page represented New Zealand as an All Black during the 1931, 1932, 1934, and 1935 seasons. He served as captain during the 1934 All Black tour of Australia. He represented Wellington during these seasons as well.

    Commanding Officer (CO) of 26 Battalion, 15 May 1940 - 27 November 1941.

    After being wounded on 27 November 1941, Page was invalided back to NZ.

    Inspector of training, NZ, August 1942.

    Stationed at Army HQ, January 1943.

    Commandant of NZ Northern Military District (NMD), 1950-52.

    Adjutant-General at Army HQ, 1952.

    Quartermaster General (QMG), 1956.

    NZ Joint Services Liaison Canberra, 1960. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    22 May 1985 AWMM
    Age 77 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • James Russell Page was the father of three children- all girls. Prudence, Diana and Christine. He was the grandfather of six boys and two girls. Many of his grandchildren and great grandchildren have apart of his name in their name.
    Public - Georgia Paige - Other Relative - 11 April 2015



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • 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 363 AWMM
    • Haigh, J., Polaschek, A. (Eds.). (1993). New Zealand and the Distinguished Service Order. Christchurch, N.Z.: Authors. AWMM


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29 May 2020NormHavelock North NZResearcher
11 April 2015Georgia Paige New Plymouth - New Zealand Other Relative

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