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Earle Charles Hartley



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Earle Charles AWMM
  • Surname
    Hartley AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    478162 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    8 December 1913 AWMM NapierHawkes Bay AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 20 February 1941 AWMM 48 Cuba Street, Petone, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs S.L. Hartley (mother), Waterloo Road, Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 13 May 1943 AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 20 February 1941 AWMM
    Age 28 AWMM
    Audit Clerk/Civilian AWMM
  • 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
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 9 inches AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Light brown AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Dark AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      4 June 1944. BC wounded, remained with unit (6 Field Regiment) AWMM

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Biographical information

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  • In February 1944 New Zealand forces, including 6 Field Regiment, were engaged in the attack on Cassino, Italy. Maps on pages 552 and 566 of W.E. Murphy's bookare useful in explaining the positions of the troops.Operation Dickens, in which Hector Brown died, began on the morning of 15 March with a tremendous bombing of Cassino. The violence of the bombardment was frightening even from a safe distance and as events were soon to prove, it was too much and the damage it did was more hindrance than help to the 6 Brigade infantry fighting their arduous way through the ruins (p. 568). Over the next ten days the fighting continued.Facing strong opposition, including paragroops with anti-tank support, the New Zealand forces picked their way towards the railway station.Smoke canisters were fired to screen the activity from the enemy.Before the battle for Cassino ended 6 Field spent 74 days fighting in cold and mud. The regularity of the smoke fire gave the enemy useful information on their positions. Accurate enemy fire on the New Zealand gun areas had the most severe effect on 6 Field which lost Bombardier Rashleigh on 22 March, Lance-Bombardier Tullock on 24 March and Bombardier Brown on 25 March.In the following days, in a fierce onslaught by enemy guns, three more men died.Other units also suffered casualties. Altogether Artillery casualties in the battle for Cassino were: 34 Killed, 132 Wounded, 2 Prisoners of War, 6 Field spent 74 days. What was to be the greatest artillery battle of the war as far as the New Zealand gunners were concerned, continued into April.6 Field spent another two weeks behind Trocchio and then withdrew to Isernia, higher up the Volturno valley than Venafro, where 4 Field were.There beside a river they had a short rest before moving on to the next battle, Sora-Balsorano. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    1 October 1988 AWMM
    Age 74 AWMM
    AucklandNew Zealand AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM RSA Section AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 11 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1943 to 30th June, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
    p.56 AWMM

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