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This is amazing ...

I had no idea until a few months ago that my great-grandfather, on my mother's side, was an actual hero. My mother found this citation in Honours and Awards for members of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War.

He received a military medal for his actions in World War One. Here's what the citation says (copied verbatim):

CARROLL, Joseph Winton
Driver: New Zealand Army Service Corps, attached No 1 New Zealand Field Ambulance

"On the night of October 1st 1918, during operations in the vicinity of Canal de L'Escaut while reconnoitring an alternative route of evacuation from the forward area heavy enemy shell fire was encountered and shelter had to be taken behind a bank. As it was necessary to push further forward Driver Carroll volunteered to take his car through to another road, which he did and the forward post was reached in safety. On the return journey a flare was dropped from an enemy aeroplane which swept the road with machine-gun fire. Driver Carroll picked up two wounded men on the road and returned safely to the Advanced Dressing Station. Driver Carroll displayed great courage and coolness and by his willingness to go forward much valuable information was obtained from the forward area."

Well, to me it was heroic. I'd love to find out more, or find some photos from that time. Sadly, I only have one from when he was in his seventies, I think.

He was the only great-grandparent I ever got a chance to meet and by then he was in the War Veterans Home but I still remember him trying to make me laugh. I was just a shy six year old back then.

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ctbn60
Aug. 9th, 2013 02:51 am (UTC)
Wow honey that gave me goosebumps. Very cool you should be proud. Can u contact the army maybe they have photos of him in their archives.
phoenixnz
Aug. 9th, 2013 03:05 am (UTC)
Yeah, they told me I would have to go to the New Zealand Archives as they don't store military records from that far back. It would either mean a trip to Wellington or paying for more info.
jlvsclrk
Aug. 9th, 2013 03:49 am (UTC)
That's so cool!
phoenixnz
Aug. 9th, 2013 04:03 am (UTC)
Yeah, it really is.
eternal_moonie
Aug. 9th, 2013 09:17 am (UTC)
*BIG HUGS*

What a discovery honey!!
phoenixnz
Aug. 9th, 2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
I know. Isn't it awesome?
babydee1
Aug. 10th, 2013 07:13 am (UTC)
He sounds like am amazing man. You must be so proud to have an ancestor who is a vital part of history and made such a huge difference to so many. :-)
phoenixnz
Aug. 10th, 2013 08:10 am (UTC)
You're so right Dee. I am so thrilled to have discovered such an important part of our family's history. From what I hear from my mum, he was an awesome man too.
oliver95
Aug. 22nd, 2013 01:20 pm (UTC)
Some suggestions that occur to me are firstly the Imperial War Museum might have official records and or photos. The Royal British Legion helps searchers I think so perhaps there's a NZ equivalent.

Have you read Pat Barker's trilogy on the WW1 ? It deals with treatment of shell shock and the lives of Sassoon and Owen in Craig Lockhart in Edinburgh. The ethos of that ghastly war is revealed in all its horror.

The successors of NZ Field Ambulance may also have an archive.

Good luck with your search.
phoenixnz
Aug. 23rd, 2013 05:55 am (UTC)
Thank you my friend. Some trails to follow
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