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Full Name
Alexander Smith Falconer
Rank Last Held
  • Captain
  • Brigadier
Forename(s)
Alexander Smith
Surname
Falconer
War
  • World War I, 1914-1918
  • World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.
  • 8/39
  • 10491
Gender
Male
Date of Birth
4 November 1892
Place of Birth
Mosgiel, Otago, New Zealand
First Known Rank
  • Sergeant
  • Lieutenant Colonel
  • Brigadier
Occupation before Enlistment
  • unknown
  • Tobacconist and secretary
Next of Kin
  • Mrs A.R. Falconer (mother), Gordon Road, Mosgiel, New Zealand
  • Mrs J.W. Falconer (wife), 293 Malvern Street, Dunedin, New Zealand
Marital Status
  • Single
  • Married
Enlistment Address
  • Mosgiel, New Zealand
  • 293 Malvern Street, Dunedin, New Zealand
Enlistment Date
August 1914
Age on Enlistment
21
Military District
  • Otago
  • Dunedin
Body on Embarkation
  • Main Body
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF), 2nd Echelon
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF)
Embarkation Unit
  • Otago Infantry Battalion
  • 23 (Infantry) Battalion
  • New Zealand Infantry Brigade
Embarkation Date
  • 16 October 1914
  • 1941
  • 1943
Place of Embarkation
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
Transport
Vessel
  • Ruapehu or Hawkes Bay
  • Unknown Vessel
  • Unknown Vessel
Destination
  • Suez,Egypt (3 December 1914)
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
Nominal Roll Number
  • Vol1
  • WW2 2
  • WW2 12
Page on Nominal Roll
  • 221
  • WW2 60
  • WW2 59
Other Units
  • Otago Regiment
  • 23 Battalion
  • 7 NZ Infantry Brigade
  • Maadi Camp
Campaigns
  • Gallipoli
  • Western Front
  • Greece
  • Crete
  • North Africa
Military Awards
  • Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE)
  • Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
  • Military Cross (MC)
  • 1914-1915 Star
  • British War Medal (1914-1920)
  • Victory Medal
  • 1939-1945 Star
  • Africa Star
  • Italy Star
  • Defence Medal
  • War Medal 1939-1945
  • New Zealand War Service Medal
  • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) Three Times
  • Efficiency Decoration (ED)
  • New Zealand Long and Efficient Service Medal
  • New Zealand Territorial Service Medal
Award Circumstances
DSO: London Gazette, 1 January 1919. Citation: "For distinguished service in connection with military operations in France and Flanders."
Discharge Date
  • 8 June 1919
  • Unknown date of discharge
Last Unit Served
  • Regular Military Service
  • 5 New Zealand Division
Place of Death
Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
Date of Death
27 October 1966
Age at Death
73
Year of Death
1966
Cemetery Name
Andersons Bay Cemetery, Tomahawk Road, Dunedin, New Zealand
Grave Reference
Block 45S. Plot 281
Biographical Notes
  • Served with the Otago Infantry Battalion during World War 1.
  • Served as a Major with the Otago Regiment, 1926-36.
  • Joined 2 NZ Expeditionary Force (2 NZEF) as Lieutenant Colonel, 1939 and embarked with the 23 Battalion.
  • Commanding Officer (CO) of 23 Battalion, Greece & Crete, 1940-41.
  • Brigadier and Commander of 7 NZ Infantry Brigade, UK, 1941.
  • Commandant of Maadi Camp, Egypt, 1941-42.
  • Commander of 5 New Zealand Division, NZ, 1943.
  • Overseas Commissioner of NZ Patriotic Fund Board, 1944-45.
NZETC
New Zealand Electronic Text Collection topic page
Further References
Portrait. National Collection of War Art. Archives New Zealand. URL: http://warart.archives.govt.nz/node/70
Sources Used
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume I. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1914-1919
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1940)
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943)
  • Haigh, J., Polaschek, A. (compilers). (1993). New Zealand and the Distinguished Service Order. Christchurch, The Authors.
  • Cemetery Records. Dunedin City Council.

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