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Noel Frank Gardiner



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Noel Frank AWMM
  • Surname
    Gardiner AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    23376 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1 November 1910 AWMM New PlymouthTaranaki AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1940-1941 AWMM Taupiri St., Te Kuiti AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs. M.B. Gardiner, care of W.B. Knapman, David St., Westown, New New Plymouth (wife) AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    23376 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      DSO: NZ Gazette, 21 September 1944. Citation: "On the morning 24th October (1942) this officer commanded a MMG platoon at Miteiriya Ridge which was under such heavy tank and small arms fire that other support weapons could not get forward. Siting his platoon in an indirect fire position he established an O.P. in a derelict tank 150 yards inside the minefield. Although in the midst of a tank battle, he held his position and by establishing wireless and telephone communication with the battalion he was supporting, he kept its command fully informed of the situation during a bombing raid. With an utter disregard for his own safety he assisted the advance of the support troops by a barrage shoot of his own guns, and those of a neighbouring MMG Platoon, from the infantry mortar platoon and from "hull down" Bren carriers. The following morning a company of our infantry having become isolated and lost its officers, Lieutenant Gardiner was able to report their position and assist in their extraction, covering their withdrawal by fire from both his MMGs and from neighbouring tanks. AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Africa Star AWMM
    • Defence Medal AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • 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

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Served with 27 (MG) Battalion, Middle East, 1940-42.

    Returned to New Zealand, and served as GSO3 (General Staff Officer, grade 3) in Auckland, 1943-45.

    Discharged at end of war. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    30 December 1991 AWMM
    Age 81 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
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  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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  • External links
  • References
    • 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
    • Kay, R. (1958). 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM

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