• Short Summary

    Sergeant Ward becomes the first New Zealander to receive the Victoria Cross.

  • Description

    Item title reads - First New Zealand V.C.

    Various shots as New Zealand crew of a Wellington bomber walks towards camera. An officer announces that Sergeant Ward in the crew has received the V.C. (Victoria Cross) for his gallantry in climbing onto the wing and smothering a fire. He is the first New Zealander to receive it, they shake hands. Sergeant Ward makes a speech saying he had no idea he would be doing this when he left New Zealand. C/U of him laughing.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1127.08
    Media URN:
    39225
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    14/08/1941
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:12:19:00 / 01:13:07:00
    Canister:
    41/65

Comments (2)

  1. Unknown user says

    "Sergeant Ward" is Sergeant James Ward.

    Sadly he was killed just 2 months later on 15 September 1941.

    Details about his Victoria Cross, and death, are here.....

    www.victoriacross.org.uk/bbwardja.htm

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  2. ChrisPr says

    The officer in question is my grandfather, Cyril Eyton Kay, CO of 75 (New Zealand) Squadron at the time. He recommended sergeant Ward for the VC. Later, my grandfather rose to head the RNZAF, retiring in the 1950s as Air Vice Marshal. CE Kay was the first person to fly from England to New Zealand, had earlier served in the RAF and taken part in two England Australia air races. He was a DFC, CB and CBE.

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