Sir John Malfroy Staveley Born 30 August 1914 - Died 14 May 2006 PDF Print Share Key details Contribute › Service number11726 AWMM Also known as ForceArmy AWMM Last rankMajor AWMM2 New Zealand General Hospital AWMM WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Lay a poppy Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesSir John Malfroy AWMM SurnameStaveley AWMM Ingoa Also known as Service number11726 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth30 August 1914 AWMM Place of birthHokitika, West Coast, South Island, New Zealand AWMM Birth notesHokitika, Westland, New Zealand AWMM Occupation before enlistmentWW2 Medical practitioner AWMM Post war occupationHaematologist AWMM Address before enlistmentUnknown C/o Auckland Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Next of kin on embarkationMrs E.C. Staveley (wife), 152 Albert Street, Palmerston North, New Zealand AWMM Relationship statusUnknown Married AWMM Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Campaigns ForceArmy AWMM Service number11726 AWMM Military service2 Field Transfusion Unit AWMM Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and AwardsKnight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) AWMMKBE. 1980 AWMMMilitary Cross (MC) AWMM19 March 1942 AWMMThe National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Staveley, John Malfroy. (Ref. WO 373/19/395). Military Cross. AWMM Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training EnlistmentWW2 Unknown AWMMAuckland, New Zealand AWMM Age on enlistment Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW2 Lieutenant AWMM; New Zealand Medical Corps, 6 Field Ambulance AWMM; Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force AWMM Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Contribute › Medical notes Last known rank Contribute › Last rankMajor AWMM2 New Zealand General Hospital AWMM Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › Husband of Elvira (died 1992); father of Tessa and John.Patron, New Zealand Haemophilia Society, Member of New Zealand Alpine Club, Auckland Astronomical Society.Maj J. M. Staveley, MC; Auckland; born Hokitika, 30 Aug 1914; medical officer, Auckland Hospital; medical officer 6 Fd Amb Mar 1940–Jan 1942; OC 2 Field Transfusion Unit Aug 1943–Apr 1944; Pathologist 2 Gen Hosp Apr–Nov 1944; three times wounded. (Source: McClymont, W.G. To Greece. p.340.)'At dawn on 1 December an enemy force of forty to fifty tanks supported by infantry advanced north-westwards from Sidi Rezegh. Part of the force turned eastwards to attack the positions of 6 Brigade while the remainder advanced on Belhamed. The attack broke on the south-eastern slopes of Belhamed where the ADS, the guns of 6 Field Regiment, and Division Battle Headquarters were in position. The ADS was soon overrun, and was later escorted to the rear by enemy infantry. The company's casualties in this action were two men killed and a number wounded.Just when the capture of 4 and 6 Brigades seemed almost a foregone conclusion, British tanks put in an appearance and saved the day. Later, the remnants of both brigades achieved an anxious but successful withdrawal to safety.Most of the captured ambulance company were made to proceed on a long march across the desert to the west and were later taken in trucks to the prison camp at Benghazi. Captain Staveley, who had been wounded in a leg, four of the company and six stretcher-bearers were taken to the German hospital at El Adem, some 15 miles west of Sidi Rezegh, where they found Sergeant Nicholas in charge of several wounded men. On the night of 2 December the hospital grounds were bombed and machine-gunned by the RAF. Bombs were dropped alongside some buildings, but no direct hits were made on any building used as a ward. The tide of battle was turning again in favour of the British forces and during the night the Germans began a general evacuation. During 3 and 4 December they evacuated the wounded so that only twenty-five British wounded remained, together with a small German medical staff as well as Captain Staveley and five men of A Company 6 Field Ambulance. Then, on 8 December all the remaining Germans left. The entire staff remained with the patients until an infantry patrol from a British battalion reached them on 10 December. Later that day, staff and patients were taken to Tobruk, where Captain Staveley was admitted to hospital, and the five remaining personnel joined the newly formed 5 MDS.Captain Staveley was awarded the Military Cross for his work and devotion to duty and Sergeant Nicholas the Military Medal.' (Source: Stout, T. Duncan M. New Zealand Medical Services in Middle East and Italy. p. 272.) AWMM Read more Death About death Contribute › Age at death91 AWMM Date of death14 May 2006 AWMM Cause of death Place of deathNorthcote, North Shore City, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Death notesNorthcote, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Cemetery namePurewa Cemetery and Crematorium, Meadowbank, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Grave reference Memorial name Memorial reference ObituaryDeath Notice: New Zealand Herald, May 2006 AWMM Roll of Honour Remember Sir John Malfroy Staveley by laying a poppy. Reginald Pitts Staveley Robert George Staveley Sir John Malfroy Staveley John Thomas Stawbridge Robert Musgrove Stayman Lay a poppy for 2016 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Sir John Malfroy Staveley Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksStout, T.D.M.  New Zealand Medical Services in the Middle East and Italy. Wellington, Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. Digital copy athttp://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2Medi.htmlSources Used'The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East.' (London Gazette, 19 March 1942, p.1261.). Military Cross.http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/35492/supplements/1261Further ReferenceThe National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Staveley, John Malfroy. (Ref. WO 373/19/395). Military Cross.http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D7358834Further Reference DocumentsWho's who in New Zealand (1951-1991). Wellington, N.Z. ; Auckland, N.Z.: Reed. AWMMSecond New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMMWW2 3: WW2 450 AWMMStout, T.D.M. (1956). New Zealand Medical Services in the Middle East and Italy. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMMStout (1956) p 123-124, 272 AWMMMcClymont, W. (1959). To Greece. Wellington, N.Z.: Department Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMMpp.340–1, 344. AWMM Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.