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John Hurtle
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Unit Citation for Gallantry (Australia)


Served with 161 Battery RNZA, March 1968 to March 1969. Battery surveyor in the command post during the battles of Coral and Balmoral. Subsequently detached to a FO party with D Company, 3RAR and then 9RAR. The others in the FO party were Rod Baldwin (FO) and Mayne Manson and Peter Christian (Sigs). During the handover of battalions our FO party spent three weeks attached on liaison duties with H Battery, US 11th Armoured Cavalry Regiment ('Blackhorse Regiment') at Xuan Loc.


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Dear Mr. Barrett

My name is Andrew Lyes. I am a 51 year old serving policeman living in Hokitika.

I am the Godfather of the late Noel (Yogi) Lyes and I'm seeking information on Yogi and his time serving overseas in particular his mates.

Until recent our family had little information about Yogi but we are slowly buiding a picture as many of his mates are making contact with us and sharing their memories.

I respect your wishes is you do not want to talk about Yogi especially in relation to how he took his life however, if you fel you can talk about it, I would love to learn more abot my uncle.


Andrew Lyes