5435 Pte. Newton Noel Bryant 2NZEF
Scarce 2NZEF MiD Memorial Cross Group
The scarce Greece campaign casualty group to Newton Noel Bryant, who was mentioned in despatches for his service in 1940, and later died of wounds received n Greece. Memorial Crosses for the campain in Greece are scarce, and with an MiD, is a particularly sought-after group.
Newton Noel Bryant was born 26th June 1909 at Napier, New Zealand. Son of John Clingin and Ethel Jane Irvine Bryant (née Moorhouse). He was educated at Napier Boys' High School, and at Waitaki Boys' High School before joining the staff of the Bank of New South Wales as a clerk. He enlisted in 1939 and sailed with the First Echelon in 1940. Initially posted to 20 Battalion, he was seconded to the New Zealand Divisional H.Q. It was whilst serving with the HQ that Bryant was mentioned in despatches for operations in the Middle East August - November 1940 (L.G. 1/4/1941). He subsequently transferred to the Field Security Section and was appointed lance-corporal on 17th February 1941. Bryant deployed to Greece with Lustre Force in March 1941. He was wounded on an unknown date in April 1941 - dying of his wounds on 20th April. He is commemorated on Face 13 of the Athens Memorial, Phaleron War Cemetery, Athens, Greece.
The Memorial Cross is correctly impressed 5435 PTE. N. N. BRYANT M.I.D. The campaign medals are all unnamed as issued. Note, the group has been mounted with a Defence Medal. This is erroneous, as Bryant did not qualify for this medal, having only served in Egypt in 1940-41 and Greece.