Noel Frank AWMM
Also known as
Date of birth
Place of birth
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
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
POW liberation details
POW serial number
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
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Noel Frank Gardiner
- 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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