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A short summary of Charles Uphams Services in World War II

The Victoria Cross - A simple bronze cross for valour is the Commonwealth's highest decoration for gallantry by its military serviceman.

Enlisted in 1939 at the outbreak of World War II, Sergeant Upham left New Zealand with the advance party in the 20th Battalion in the 1st Echelon New Zealand Division. He saw active service in Greece, Crete and North Africa. Lieutenant Upham was awarded the Victoria Cross for 9 days of sustained and conspicuous heroism, skill and leadership in Crete in May 1941. He was badly wounded in his shoulder and arm on the 4th day.

The bar, or second Victoria Cross, was awarded to Captain Upham for battle actions in North Africa at Minqar Qaim on 28th and 29th of June 1942 where he played a fearless and conspicuous role in observation when on defence and led his company when the encircled New Zealand Division successfully broke out in a night action.

Captain Upham's use of hand grenades in this battle were legendary. Again ar Ruweisat Ridge 14-15 july 1942 his role on attack and reconnaissance was outstanding. He was severley wounded during this action but kept with his men unttil captured by a German tank brigade.

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First Names:Charles
Last Name:Upham
Place of Birth:Christchurch
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