RODGER William James
6/978, Lieutenant, Canterbury Battalion

CITATION
Military Cross
Gazetted 8 March 1919, p3253
Temp Captain, 1st Battalion, Canterbury Regiment
For conspicuous gallantry and good leadership.  During the operations in the vicinity of the Foret de Mormal, on 5th November 1918, he was in command of a support Company.  When the left leading Company  was surrounded by the enemy he promptly led his Company forward and relieved a very difficult situation.  He then re-organised the two companies, and under heavy fire captured the edge of the wood in his sector.

Distinguished Conduct Medal
Gazetted 6 September 1915, p8863
Sergeant, Canterbury Battalion
For conspicuous gallantry on the night of the 4th and 5th June 1915, at Quinn’s Post, Dardanelles.  During a sortie Sergeant Rodger was in charge of a party of men, and although seriously wounded by a bayonet thrust he refused to retire.  He exhibited throughout the night the greatest coolness and bravery, and gave to all with him a fine example of devotion to duty
 
AWARDS
Military Cross
Distinguished Conduct Medal
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
New Zealand Long and Efficient Service Medal
New Zealand Territorial Service Medal

NOTES
Born 2 September 1883, Christchurch, New Zealand
Died 17 May 1945, Christchurch, New Zealand
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