The New Zealand Long and Efficient Service Medal to Major James Binnie Whyte, Reserve of Officers


James Binnie Whyte DSO served as a lieutenant in the 5th Contingent, New Zealand Mounted Rifles in South Africa, and was awarded the Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps 'Cape Colony', 'Orange Free State', Transvaal', 'Rhodesia and South Africa 1901. Whyte embarked with NZ Army Service Corps in December 1914 (5/143 Lieutentant, 2nd Reinforcements) and by war's end had been promoted to major, made a companion of the Distiguished Service Order and mentioned in despatches twice. The citation for the DSO reads: "For devotion to duty and sterling work during the period August 1914 to June 1917. He performed excellent work in Egypt and during the Somme campaign September - November 1916 commanded the Headquarters Company of the Divisional Train with marked success bringing out his horses after the arduous campaign in splendid condition. At all times in spite of his 60 years he has been a splendid company officer, flinching from no danger or arduous undertaking, and has been in every respect a model to the younger officers. He has never been a day absent from duty."


Whyte was awarded the NZ Territorial Service Medal and NZLESM on 1929 whilst on the Reserve of Officers.

NZLESM to Maj. J B Whyte DSO