Douglas Bernard Mathews
Son of Charles Dominic Mathews and of Ruth Violet Mathews (nee Thorpe), of Rangiora, Canterbury, New Zealand.
“Although these counter-attacks had been so crushingly defeated, the Division had not secured its full objective, and a lodgment short of the rim of Munassib served little purpose. It was decided, therefore, to withdraw after dark. With 26 Battalion 4 Platoon returned to 6 Brigade's sector. The 151st (British) Brigade was brought into the box to take over 5 Brigade's former position on Alam Nayil ridge, and 3 Company, which had gone there early in the day as part of the counter- attack force, came under 151 Brigade's command. Fifth Brigade went farther back to the eastern perimeter of the box, where 10 Platoon rejoined 4 Company next day.
About half of the battalion's casualties in this battle had occurred in 3 Company when Lieutenant Mathews and Private Horn had been killed and two or three wounded during a dive-bombing attack by thirty aircraft.” [Kay (1958)]
Submitted by: Kate Mathews
Relationship to casualty: NieceLieutenant Douglas Bernard Mathews (known as Barney) was born on 20 June 1915 and attended New Plymouth Boys' High School. He was universally praised as a brilliant scholar and highly talented s... Read More
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