Sidney Frank AWMM
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Date of birth
Place of birth
Address before enlistment
WW2 Pre 1940 AWMM 10 Tukapo St., New New Plymouth AWMM
Post war occupation
Next of kin on embarkation
WW2 Mrs. A.H. Hartnell, 10 Tukapo St., New New Plymouth (wife) AWMM
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
POW liberation details
POW serial number
CO (Commanding Officer) of 19 Battalion, October 1941.
Commander of 4 Armoured Brigade, June 1943.
Commander of 5 Infantry Brigade, 9 February 1944. AWMM
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Sidney Frank Hartnell
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
|09 January 2017||Nancy||Christchurch||Researcher||
|08 May 2016||Hope||Perth||Other relative||
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