BERTRAND George Frederick
10/701, Lieutenant, Wellington Infantry Regiment
6117, Lieutenant Colonel, 28 Maori Battalion, World War 2
15443, Frontiersman, Legion of Frontiersmen, New Zealand

CITATION
Officer of the Order of the British Empire - Military
Gazetted, Issue 35841, p9
Notified New Year Honours List 1943

AWARDS
Officer of the Order of the British Empire - Military
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
1939-1945 Star
Africa Star
8th Army
Italy Star
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-1945
New Zealand War Service Medal
Efficiency Decoration

Pioneer Axe [awarded 1932]
Legion Meritorious Service Medal [awarded 1931]

NOTES
Born 9 February 1892 Urenui, Taranaki, New Zealand
Died 25 July 1957 Palmerston North, New Zealand
Buried at Te Henui Cemetery, New Plymouth, New Zealand (Services Area Block D Plot 64)

OBITUARY
The death occurred at Palmerston of Mr George F. Bertrand, aged 66. Born at Urenui, Taranaki, he was a member of the Ngati Mutunga tribe. Mr Bertrand was educated at Te Aute College and Wellington Teacher's Training College. He taught at the New Plymouth Boys' High School between the two World Wars and again after World War II. Mr Bertrand served overseas in both wars and at the outbreak of the Second World War he was appointed second in command of the Maori Battalion with the rank of Major and served in the desert, Greece and Crete. He was later recalled to New Zealand to take command of the second battalion as Lieutenant Colonel. He was also in charge of the Maori Training Unit from 1942–1944. Mr Bertrand was awarded the O.B.E. and also held the Efficiency Decoration. He was a member of the Ngarimu Scholarship Fund Board.

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