THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
ROACHE Joseph Garrett
23/1263, Major temp Lieutenant Colonel, 1st Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade

CITATION
Distinguished Service Order
Gazetted 4 June 1917, p 5476
For conspicuous ability and devotion to duty on the Somme.  He commanded the 1st Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade during the period the division was on the Somme and showed marked ability and powers of organisation during that time.  On 2nd October 1916 he materially assisted the Battalion of the Division on the left by supplying it with rations and ammunition.  He has always worked with untiring energy and by his cool and fearless example inspired all ranks.

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 1 June 1917, p5429
For distinguished and gallant services and devotion to duty.  Field Marshall D. Haig, Commander-in-Chief the British Armies in France, despatch dated 9 April 1917.

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 28 December 1917, p13575
For conspicuous devotion to duty and organising ability as a Battalion Commander.  This officer commanded his Battalion during the Messines Offensive in June, and showed marked qualities of leadership and organising ability.  He is a fine leader and a most valuable officer.

Croix de Guerre (France)
Gazetted 17 December 1917, p13206
For distinguished services rendered during the course of the campaign.

AWARDS
Distinguished Service Order
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Mention in Despatches (2)
Colonial Auxiliary Forces Long Service Medal
New Zealand Long and Efficient Service Medal
New Zealand Volunteer Service Medal
Croix de Guerre (France)

NOTES
Born 1875, Greatford, Rangitikei, New Zealand
Died 4 July 1947, Wellington, New Zealand
Buried Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand  (Plot: Soldiers, 35 Q/3)