New Zealand WW1 Duo to 8/3980 Pte. N. Mcl. Mclaren N.Z.E.F. 8th Coy, 2nd Batt, O.I.R, WW2 6th Batt Canterbury Regt
A full size pair of WW1 medals to 8/3980 Private Norman McLeod Mclaren of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.
Norman was a Postman prior to his WW1 service for the NZ Government. He lists his address and his mothers as Signal Hill Road, Opoho, Dunedin. Norman was born in Dunedin, New Zealand.
He started his service on the 18th of Nov 1915 as part of D Company, 10th Infantry Reinforcements.
He arrived in Suez on the 10th of April 1916.
He embarked for France (so NO UK) on the 13th of April 1916.
Norman joined NZ Base Depo Etaples in France on the 24th of April 1916.
He joined 8th Coy, 2nd Battalion Otago Regiment on the 27th of June 1916 in the field.
Norman was appointed Lance Corporal on the 14th of March 1917.
On the 8th of May 1917, Norman was sentence by Field General Court Martial to 28 days Field Punishment No. 2, plus forfeit 28 days pay, plus his Lance Corporal stripe, for Absent Without Leave from the 24th of April 1917 to the 27th of April 1917.
Sentence was confirmed by Brigadier General Braithwaite on the 2nd of May 1917.
Norman was sentence to 7 days Field Punishment no. 2 in the field on the 26th of May 1917 for Absence from Parade.
He was detached to Reinforcement Camp on the 5th of June 1917.
Rejoined his unit in the field on the 19th of June 1917.
He was sentence to 14 days Field Punishment No.2 and forfeit 14 days full pay on the 13th of July 1917 for Absence Without Leave from the 10th to the 11th of July 1917.
He was awarded a further 3 days Field Punishment No. 2 for absence from Field Punishment Parade on the 17th of July 1917.
Norman received leave to the UK on the 25th of Aug 1917
He rejoined his unit in the field on the 8th of Sept 1917.
Norman was wounded in action on the 3rd of Dec 1917 to his left arm.
Evacuated out to NZ Field Ambulance No.3 for treatment.
Transferred to NZ Field Ambulance No.2. same day.
Rejoined unit in the field on the 10th of Dec 1917.
Still with Unit on the 1st of Aug 1918 in the field.
To the UK on leave on the 22nd of October 1918.
Embarked for New Zealand on the 22nd of March 1919 from Liverpool.
He was discharged on the 6th of June 1919 on termination of the War.
During WW2, Norman enlisted again in 1940, and marched into camp on the 11th of Dec 1941 as part of the National Reserve. He was 44 by this time.
Still living in Dunedin and still a Postman for the New Zealand Government.
His WW2 service number was 588046, and he joined with the rank of Temporary Sergeant.
Norman's unit was the 6th Battalion of the Canterbury Infantry Regiment.
He embarked with T Force or Tonga Defence Force on the 3rd of March 1943 as a Sergeant.
Spent some time in hospital there.
He then embarked for New Zealand on the 10th of July 1943.
Norman passed away on the 14th of June 1973.
A rare duo to a Kiwi who left New Zealand for both wars.
This is Norman's full entitlement for WW1. He was also entitle for his WW2 service to a British 1939 to 1945 War Medal and a New Zealand War Service Medal. Both of which would have been unamed as issued.
Both Norman's medals are in good condition and come with a length of ribbon.
His WW1 and WW2 service files are here and are extensive: