Duncan Barrie AWMM
Also known as
- South African 343 AWMM
- WWI 7/309 AWMM
Date of birth
Place of birth
Address before enlistment
Defence Office, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
Post war occupation
Next of kin on embarkation
Mrs Agnes Blair, care of Henry Galpin, Esq., Marton, New Zealand AWMM
Medals and Awards
- Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
DSO: London Gazette, 26 November 1917. Citation: "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an attack. He repeatedly went through the enemy barrage, steadying and encouraging his men, and directing the consolidation of the captured position. His courage and coolness did much to inspire all ranks and the success of the operations was largely due to his personal efforts." AWMM
- Military Cross (MC) AWMM
'Hill 60, 21 August 1915. For work in the attack on Kaiajik Aghala on the 21st.' - 'London Gazette'- 14/01/1916 AWMM
- New Zealand Long and Efficient Service Medal AWMM
- Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) Three Times AWMM
'In connection with the operations described in General I. Hamilton's despatch dated 11 December 1915.' - 'London Gazette'- 28/01/1916
'During the operations round Flers from the 16th to 28th September, this Officer commanded his company with great coolness and judgement, and by his enthusiasm and gallantry got the very best out of his officers and men.' - 'London Gazette'- 04/01/1917
'Mentioned in Field Marshall Haig's despatch of 7th November 1917 for distinguished and gallant services and devotion to duty during the period February 26th to midnight September 20-21st 1917.' - 'London Gazette'- 28/12/1917 AWMM
- Coronation Medal 1902 AWMM
- Queen's South Africa Medal (Orange Free State, Transvaal, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 clasps) AWMM
- 1914-1915 Star AWMM
- British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
- Victory Medal with oak leaf AWMM
POW liberation details
POW serial number
- Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
Wounded at Gallipoli, 1914 or 1915 AWMM
- Height, WWI AWMM
5' 9" AWMM
- Weight, WWI AWMM
158 lb AWMM
Served with NZ Volunteers from 1891. Promoted to Lieutenant with Volunteers, 1903.
Joined NZEF as Captain, 5 August 1914.
Promoted to Major, October 1915; Lt Colonel, 15 March 1917.
Officer Commanding (OC) of NZ Machine Gun Battalion, March 1918.
Re-joined Regular Army, 23 February 1919.
Retired to England and later lived in France and Argentina.
Medals: Distinguished Service Order, Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal AWMM
Date of death
Age at death
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- New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
Page No: 60 AWMM
- Haigh, J., Polaschek, A. (Eds.). (1993). New Zealand and the Distinguished Service Order. Christchurch, N.Z.: Authors. AWMM
- NZEF Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra AWMM
- Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2015). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-3). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
Vol. 3: Includes portrait AWMM
- Stowers, R. (2009). Rough riders at war : history of New Zealand's involvement in the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 and information on all members of the 10 New Zealand contingents. Hamilton, N.Z.: R. Stowers. AWMM
- Powles, C.G. (Ed). (1928). History of the Canterbury Mounted Rifles 1914-19. Auckland, N.Z.: Whitcombe & Tombs. AWMM
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