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Sidney Frank Hartnell

Portrait of Lieutenant Colonel Sidney Frank Hartnell, Auckland Weekly News, 16 September 1942. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections AWNS-19420916-19-2. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Lieutenant Colonel Sidney Frank Hartnell, Auckland Weekly News, 16 September 1942. Auckl …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Sidney Frank AWMM
  • Surname
    Hartnell AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 5327 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    18 July 1910 AWMM New PlymouthTaranaki AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1940 AWMM 10 Tukapo St., New Plymouth AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs. A.H. Hartnell, 10 Tukapo St., New Plymouth (wife) AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      DSO: London Gazette, 22 September 1942. Citation: "On the night 27/28 Jun (1942) when the 4th New Zealand Infantry Brigade Group was ordered to withdraw from the Bir Abu Shayit area the 19th New Zealand Battalion was placed as the leading battalion in the night advance. Under extremely heavy fire it pushed forward and the success of the whole operation would have been jeopardised had it faltered in its advance. I consider the example of personal courage and coolness shown by Lieutenant Colonel Sidney Frank Hartnell was reflected in the attitude and actions of his men. The battalion was well handled throughout and quietly reorganised at the embussing point. Throughout the whole operation Lieutenant Colonel Hartnell showed himself to be a skilful commander." 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
    • Efficiency Decoration (ED) AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 3 October 1939 AWMM Builder/Civilian AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes

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Biographical information

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  • CO (Commanding Officer) of 19 Battalion, October 1941.

    Commander of 4 Armoured Brigade, June 1943.

    Commander of 5 Infantry Brigade, 9 February 1944. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    6 August 1990 AWMM
    Age 80 AWMM
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  • I have a small book of poems, author Cpl W E WAGENER, entitled "A Kiwi's Soliloquy", published in Auckland 1943. Front cover also states "Incorporating 'A Soldier's Spare Time Soliloquy' (published in Egypt in February 1942)." I purchased this little book secondhand about 20 years ago - in England. Inscribed inside is: "Beulah Hartnell, From Lal and Syd, 1944". From my research, I believe Beulah Hartnell to have been Sydney Frank Hartnell's sister. I would be happy to return this to family, should they like to have it.
    Public - Nancy - Researcher - 9 January 2017



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10 March 2018HopePerthOther relative
09 January 2017NancyChristchurchResearcher

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