FOOTE Robert Benjamin
9/1549 Otago Mounted Rifles, WW1
2/20a/34 New Zealand Home Guard, WW2
Legion of Frontiersmen, New Zealand

CITATION
Military Medal
Gazetted 13 March 1919, p3452
For gallantry and devotion to duty.  On 29th September 1918, in operations at Bon Avis Ridge, this NCO showed exceptional initiative and great gallantry under trying conditions.  His Company had captured two enemy 77mm guns and later was being held up by enemy machine gun fire from an adjacent ridge.  Sergeant Foote turned these guns on the enemy and although he had no previous training in gunnery, he was successful in driving the hostile machine guns from their positions.  During the whole of this time he was under machine gun fire but he continued firing until his supply of shells was exhausted.  His initiative allowed his Company to go on to the final objective.

Bar to the Military Medal
Gazetted 17 June 1919
For acts of gallantry in the field.

AWARDS
Military Medal and Bar
1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

NOTES
Born 18 January 1886 Nelson, New Zealand
Died 23 August 1968 Havelock North, New Zealand
Buried Havelock North Cemetery [Block D, Plot 73]
BATTLE HONOURS
Behobeho          East Africa 1915 - 1917          Nyangao          Kilimanjaro          Great War 1917          Belgium 1914 -18
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