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Henry Lindsay Burnett Cleary


: Wartime Experiences of Henry Lyndsay Burnett Cleary
: Bernie’s life working on the family dairy farm at Arapohue, Northland was about to un-dergo profound change when Britain along with the Dominion countries declared war on Ger-many on 3rd September 1939. With the evacuation of the Brit-ish Army at Dunkirk in June 1940, the war was going badly for the allies and in New Zea-land the call for enlistment into the armed services got stronger. So in June 1940, Bernie left the farm and went to Dargaville to enlist in the army. He was 26 years old. He got his call-up notice and arrived at the Papakura Train-ing Camp on 8th January 1941 to join the E Company Infantry Training Battalion. He was now on the army payroll as Number 62498. Training lasted until March. By that stage, Bernie had been assigned as a rifle-man to the 5th Brigade which was part of the 2nd echelon sent to reinforce the 21st Divi-sion. The 1st echelon had suf-fered losses during the cam-paigns in Greece and Crete and was back in Egypt.
: New Zealand Defense Force File
: 2 May 2019

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