MORITZSON Louis
4/562, Second Lieutenant, NZ Divisional Signal Company

CITATION
Military Cross
Gazetted 17 December 1917
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.  He performed invaluable work in the preparation and execution of the schemes drawn up for the visual and power buzzer station.  With the assistance of two officers, he laid a line to the furthest battalion headquarters, and on a later occasion volunteered to lay a buried cable through an exceptionally difficult piece of country, which was continually under the heaviest shellfire.  Thanks to his fearlessness and determination the task was most successfully accomplished.

Military Medal
Gazetted 9 December 1916
Locality, Switch Line and Flers.  Was in charge of Divisional Forward Signal Station during the period 15 September 1916 to 1 October 1916.  He followed first wave of attack to Switch Line on the 15th and established his station.  On the 18th he established the forward station near Flers working back to Switch Line.  From the nature of the ground it was impossible to move these stations and both these stations were selected by the enemy for special bombardment.  Sergeant MORITZSON performed his work with the greatest ability, and his coolness under heavy fire inspired his party.  I attribute the fact the stations kept continual touch except when weather conditions forbade, very largely to him.  He was slightly wounded on 16th but after having his wound dressed, returned immediately to his duty.

AWARDS
Military Cross
Military Medal
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
New Zealand Long & Efficient Service Medal

NOTES
Born 7 January 1893 Auckland, New Zealand
Died United Kingdom

On 12 July 1941 Mr MORITZSON wrote per statutaory declaration from London, where he lived, to the effect that his medals at the time had been lost due to the London bombing on 16 September 1940, seeking replacement medals to which they were replaced
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