John Nesbit AWMM
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Mrs C.F. Anderson (wife), Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
Medals and Awards
- Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
DSO: NZ Gazette, 21 September 1944. Citation: "It was in great measure due to the personal example and inspiring leadership of Major Anderson that the protective minefield was laid before the enemy attack reached the F.D.L.s at Minqar Qaim on 27 July 1942. Despite the intensity of the enemy shelling of his parties and the development of the attack, Major Anderson was to be seen, encouraging his men, and he himself, fusing mines. One truckload of mines had already been exploded by enemy fire, causing many casualties and Major Anderson and his men well knew the risk involved. When mines had to be laid adjacent to a burning ammunition truck, he himself, displaying a total disregard of personal safety, carried mines to the area. Just as this was being completed, he moved a wounded man to safety, and still under particularly heavy and accurate shell fire continued to direct the work to completion." AWMM
- 1939-1945 Star AWMM
- Africa Star (8th Army clasp) AWMM
- Italy Star AWMM
- Defence Medal AWMM
- War Medal 1939-1945 with oak leaf AWMM
- New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
- Coronation Medal 1953 AWMM
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Captain of 19 Army Troop Co, NZE, 1940-41.
Officer Commanding (OC) of 5 Field Park Co, NZE, September 1941 - October 1942.
OC 6 Field Co, NZE, October 1942 - August 1943.
Commander Royal Engineers (CRE) of 2 NZ Division, April 1944.
OC of Engineer Training Depot, Maadi, January 1945. AWMM
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- Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 5 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1941 to 30 September, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
- The Evening Post AWMM
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