New Zealand WW1 Medal 21271 W.O.2 H.S. Johnston N.Z.E.F. - W.I.A Twice - 3rd Batt, A.I.R WW1 & WW2.
A single, full size, silver WW1 British War Medal to 21271 Warrant Officers 2nd Class Horace Samuel (Bert) Johnston.
Bert's details are correctly impressed to the rim of his BWM.
He was a Hairdresser before enlisting, and lists his next of kin, his Wife, as living in Hill St, Newmarket, Auckland. He lived at the same address and was born in Sydney Australia. He and his wife had two children prior to his service.
He started his service on the 2nd of May 1916, as part of A Coy, 16th Infantry Reinforcements, but was promoted to Corporal and transferred to A Coy, 17th. On the 9th of Sept, he was transferred to the A Coy, 21st and promoted Sergeant. On the 5th of Oct he was promoted to acting Company Sergeant Major. He would then leave with the 21st's and go on and spend 2 years and 112 days oversea's in France and on the Western Front, with the 3rd Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment.
Bert marches into Sling Camp in England on the 27th of March 1917, and is reverted to the rank of Temporary Corporal. He is then confirmed as Corporal on the 28th of April after passing some exams.
He is the attached to the 4th Reserve Battalion of the Auckland Infantry Regiment (A.I.R) at Codford, and leaves for France on the 7th of May 1917.
On the 6th of June, while in France, he falls ill with Mumps, but recovers to rejoin his unit the 3rd Batt, A.I.R on the 8th of July 1917.
On the 14th of July, Bert is promoted Sergeant.
He falls ill on the 28th of July, but rejoins his unit on the 11th of Aug.
On the 3rd of Sept, he is attached to the School of Instruction (Bomb), but returns to his unit on the 7th of Sept.
On the 4th of October he is moved within his unit, to 4th Coy, and on that same day, during the Battle of Passchendaele, Bert is wounded in action, with Sever Shell Concussion.
He is evacuated out of the line, but remains in France to then rejoin his unit in the line on the 27th of Oct.
On the 4th of Nov, Bert is promoted again to temporary Warrant Officer 2nd Class, and temporary Company Sergeant Major.
He is then attached to the Officer Cadet Training Unit (Auckland Regiment)
On the 19th of Nov, Bert was wounded in action for a 2nd time, in the field. This time, with a gun shot would to the right leg. He was evacuated out of the line via the no.3 NZ Field Ambulance, 17th Causality Clearing Station, 26th General Hospital (Etaples), and then to England and no 1. NZ General Hospital Brokenhurst.
On the 16th of Jan 1918, he was transferred to Convalescence Hospital at Hornchurch, and then when recovered to Codford on the 26th of Feb 1918.
On the 1st of July 1918, Bert was admitted to the VD Section (Venereal Diseases) at Codford, and underwent treatment until the 8th of Oct.
He was discharged to Sling camp on the 17th of Oct, where he would remain until boarding a ship for NZ on the 28th of March 1919.
He was discharged from the NZ Army on the 7th of June 1919.
During WW2, Bert enlisted again, but as he was too old, he was attached to the NZ Temporary Service as a Instructor, teaching the NZ Home Guard units in Auckland. His service number was 5/1/1728.
Bert was entitled to a Victory Medal to go with his BWM. It is NOT recorded on his file as to what WW2 medals he was entitled to, but probably a 1939-45 BWM and a WW2 New Zealand Service Medal. I do not know the where-a-bouts of these items.
His BWM is in good condition, with some toning to silver. It comes with a length of original ribbon.
From a medal collecting point of view, the rank W.O.2 is rather rare on a N.Z.E.F medal.
His long service file is here;