Bertram Charles SQUIRE

Regimental number12/850
Date of birth17 November 1893
Place of birthKawakawa
ReligionChurch of England
AddressGreen Lane, Auckland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21.11
Height5' 11.5"
Weight158 lbs
Next of kinMrs E J Squire, Kawakawa, Bay of Islands
Previous military serviceServed in 15th (North Auckland) Regiment, Territorial Force; still serving at time of NZEF enlistment.
Enlistment date14 August 1914
Rank on embarkationLance Corporal
Enlistment statusVolunteer
Unit nameNew Zealand Expeditionary Force, Main Body, Auckland Infantry Battalion
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Wellington on 16 October 1914
The Auckland Infantry Battalion in the Main Body left New Zealand on board two ships, HMNZT 8 ('Star of India') and HMNZT 12 ('Waimana'). It is not possible from the Nominal Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Final rank2nd Lieutenant
Final unit1st Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment
FateCommenced return to New Zealand 1 February 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry in the Field. East of St Julien on the 4th October this NCO took charge of his Platoon at the commencement of the attack, when his Platoon commander had been casualties. Throughout the advance he led his men in an exceptionally capable manner, exhibiting great personal courage in opposing and overcoming the opposition encountered. On arrival at the objective, he organised his Platoon for the consolidation and rendered assistance which was invaluable to the only Officer left in his Company. He worked regardless of his own safety, and set a splendid example to his men.'
Source: London Gazette
Date: 17 December 1917

Discharge date14 April 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Egypt to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 12 April 1915.

Wounded in action, 8 May 1915 (gun shot wound, lower extremities: slight); transferred to 1st Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, 8 June 1915 (thigh wound); to Convalescent Camp, Helouan, 18 June 1915.

Rejoined Bn, Mudros, 27 September 1915.

Appointed Acting Corporal, 29 September 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria,29 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Appointed Temporary Sergeant, 9 January 1916.

Promoted Sergeant, 6 March 1916.

Embarked Port Said to join the British Expeditionary Force, 6 April 1916; disembarked France (date not recorded)

Wounded in action (second occasion), 17 September 1916 (shell contusion, left leg); no further details recorded.

Wounded in action (third occasion), 27 September 1916 (gun shot wound, ankle); admitted to 3rd Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 28 September 1916; transferred to England, 3 October 1916, and admitted to Reading War Hospital, 4 October 1916; transferred to 2nd NZ General Hospital, Walton-on-Thames, 19 January 1917; to NZ Convalescent Hospital, Hornchurch, 21 February 1917; to NZ Command Depot, Codford, 20 April 1917.

Transferred to 2nd NZ Area Employment Company, 30 June 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 11 July 1917

Transferred to 1st Bn, Auckland Infantry Regiment, in the field, France, 13 September 1917.

Awarded Military Medal.

Promoted Warrant Officer Class II, 3 November 1917.

Nominated by GOC NZEF to be trained for a commission in the NZEF, and detached to proceed to England, 21 December 1917.

Taken on strength, No 2 Officer Cadet Bn, Cambridge, 4 January 1918.

Appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 2 May 1918.

Taken on strength, Reserve Brigade, Sling, 2 May 1918.

Detached for course of instruction, Sandown, 9 September 1918; rejoined unit from detachment, 21 September 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 8 October 1918; joined Bn, in the field, 13 October 1918.

Commenced return to New Zealand on board HMNZT 'Hororata', 1 February 1919; discharged (termination of period of engagement), 14 April 1919.

War service: 4 years 244 days (of which 4 years 150 days were abroad)

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsNominal Roll Vol. 1: Auckland Infantry Batln/Main Body
SourcesFile 0358866, New Zealand Defence Force Archives, Trentham Military Camp