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Episodes & Studies Volume 1

Biographical Notes

Biographical Notes

1 Brig R. A. Bagnold, OBE, m.i.d.; Founders’ Medal of Royal Geographical Society, Fellow Royal Society; born England, 1896; served with Royal Engineers on Western Front, 1915–18; Royal Corps of Signals, 1920; original Commanding Officer LRP and LRDG, 1940–41; Inspector of Desert Troops, GHQ MEF, Aug 1941.

2 Maj P. A. Clayton, DSO, MBE; Founders’ Medal of Royal Geographical Society, Fellow Royal Geological Society, Fellow Royal Geographical Society; born England, 1896; served with Royal Field Artillery in Greece and Turkey, 1915–20; Inspector, Desert Survey of Egypt, 1920–38; Survey Department, Lands and Mines, Tanganyika, 1938–40; Intelligence Corps, 1940; patrol commander LRP and LRDG; wounded and p.w. 31 Jan 1941.

3 Col E. C. Mitford, MC; Royal Tank Regiment; patrol commander LRP and LRDG; first OC A Sqn LRDG, 1941.

4 Lt-Col D. G. Steele, OBE, m.i.d.; farmer; Lake Roto Ma; born Wellington, 22 Mar 1912; patrol commander LRP and LRDG; OC A (NZ) Sqn LRDG, 1941–42; CO 22 NZ (Mot) Bn, 1944; CO 27 NZ (MG) Bn, 1944.

5 Maj L. B. Ballantyne, ED, m.i.d.; sheep farmer; Pongaroa; born Waitahora, 18 Jul 1912; Adjutant and Quartermaster LRP and LRDG; patrol commander LRDG; CO Composite Training Depot 2 NZEF, 1942.

6 Col F. B. Edmundson, OBE, m.i.d.; medical practitioner; Auckland; born Napier, 22 Jan 1910; Medical Officer LRP and LRDG; CO 4, 5, and 6 NZ Field Ambulances at various times; Deputy Director of Medical Services 2 NZEF, 1945.

7 Maj W. B. K. Shaw, OBE, MBE, m.i.d., Belgian Croix de Guerre with Palm; Gill Memorial of Royal Geographical Society; born England, 1901; Sudan Forest Service, 1924–29; Department of Antiquities, Palestine 1936–40; Intelligence Corps, 1940; Intelligence Officer LRP and LRDG.

8 Capt C. H. B. Croucher, m.i.d.; Merchant Navy; Feilding; born England, 25 Feb 1910; commissioned in British Army; patrol commander LRDG; GSO III, G(Ops), GHQ MEF, 1942; Adj LRDG, 1943; IO LRDG (Aegean operations), 1943; GSO II Raiding Forces MEF, 1944; IO LRDG (Adriatic operations), 1944.

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9 WO II A. F. McLeod, BEM; motor-body fitter; Auckland; born Canada, 1 Jul 1905; in charge of Light Repair Section, A (NZ) Sqn LRDG.

10 Cpl W. J. Hamilton; labourer; Auckland; born Auckland, 23 Jun 1917.

11 Capt R. A. Tinker, MC, MM, m.i.d.; motor driver; Timaru; born NZ, 13 Apr 1913; patrol commander LRDG; now in New Zealand Regular Force.

12 S-Sgt J. Emslie; truck driver; Auckland; born Scotland, 5 Dec 1909.

13 Sgt R. O. Spotswood, m.i.d.; plumber; born Carterton, 8 Jan 1914; killed in action, Italy, 4 May 1944.

14 Lt-Col J. H. Sutherland, MC; stock inspector; Masterton; born Taieri, 10 Dec 1903; second-in-command of patrol LRP and LRDG; CO 2 NZ Div Cav, 1942–43.

15 Sgt L. A. Willcox, MM; sawmill hand; Wanganui; born Hawera, 25 Aug 1918; wounded 19 Sep 1942.

16 Sgt C. D. Hewson; labourer; born Auckland, 27 Jan 1908; killed in action, 11 Jan 1941.

17 Capt L. H. Browne, MC, DCM, m.i.d.; accountant; London; born England, 8 Jul 1908; patrol commander LRDG; GSO III, G(Ops), GHQ MEF, 1942; IO LRDG, 1943; wounded 11 Jan 1941, 31 Jan 1941, 18 Nov 1942, and 22 Dec 1942.

18 Sgt I. H. McInnes, MM; labourer; born Waipu, 8 Jun 1908; killed in action, Alamein, 24 Oct 1942.

19 General Leclerc, CB, DSO and bar; born France, 28 Nov 1902; Governor of French Cameroons, 1940; Military Commander of French Equatorial Africa; GOC 2nd French Armd Div; GOC French Far East Forces, 1945; Inspector-General of French Armies in North Africa, 1946; killed in air accident, 28 Nov 1947.

20 Tpr F. W. Jopling; farmhand; Auckland; born England, 15 Apr 1913; wounded and p.w. Sep 1942.

21 Cpl F. R. Beech, m.i.d.; radio engineer; born Picton, 24 Jul 1908; killed in action, 31 Jan 1941.

22 L-Cpl L. Roderick; linesman; born Gisborne, 19 Feb 1913; p.w. 31 Jan 1941; killed in Italy, 6 Apr 1944, while leading Italian partisans.

23 L-Cpl W. R. Adams; salesman; Whangarei; born Auckland, 1 Aug 1918; p.w. 31 Jan 1941.

24 Cpl R. J. Moore, DCM, m.i.d.; farm hand; Morrinsville; born Tc Aroha, 10 Sep 1915; wounded 31 Jan 1941 and 22 Dec 1941.

25 Cpl F. Kendall, m.i.d.; carpenter; Kati Kati; born South Africa, 7 May 1904; p.w. 23 Nov 1941.

26 L-Bdr C. O. Grimsey; farmer; Te Aroha; born England, 25 Dec 1907; p.w. 27 Dec 1942.

27 Col G. L. Prendergast, DSO; Royal Tank Regiment; CO LRDG, 1941–43; second-in-command Raiding Forces (Aegean operations), 1943.

28 Capt R. F. T. Barker; engineering foreman; Christchurch; born Waimate, 7 Nov 1909; pilot LRDG aircraft.

29 Lt-Col J. R. Easonsmith, DSO, MC; Royal Tank Regiment; patrol commander LRDG; OC B Sqn LRDG; CO LRDG (Aegean operations), 1943; killed in action, 16 Nov 1943.

30 Lt-Col A. D. Stirling, DSO; Scots Guards; CO Special Air Service; p.w. Jan 1943.

31 Maj A. D. N. Hunter, MC; Royal Tank Regiment; patrol commander LRDG.

32 Lt-Col G. C. T. Keyes, VC, MC; Royal Scots Greys; born England, 1917; killed in action, 17–18 Nov 1941.

33 L-Cpl R. T. Porter; clerk; Whangarei; born NZ, 3 Nov 1915; p.w. 22 Nov 1941.

34 Tpr L. A. McIver; taxi driver; born Wairoa; 22 Feb 1914; p.w. 23 Nov 1941; wounded in battle between Germans and Russians, 9 Feb 1945; died while p.w. 16 Feb 1945.

35 Capt J. R. Olivey, MC; Sherwood Foresters; patrol commander LRDG.

36 Sgt C. Waetford, MM; truck driver; Whangarei; born NZ, 27 May 1914.

37 Capt P. R. Freyberg, MC; attached LRDG; wounded 12 Dec 1942; now in Grenadier Guards.