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John Bremner

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    John AWMM
  • Surname
    Bremner AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Jack AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 270173 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    13 October 1921 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Albany, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs Helen Bremner (wife), Albany, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 270173 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    13 December 1945 AWMM
    'On 14 April 1945 Sergeant Bremner’s troop held part of the bridgehead over the RIVER SILLARO, Italy. The enemy made two determined counter-attacks against the bridgehead during which he displayed great courage. Without regard for his own safety he kept his troop supplied with ammunition under heavy fire from mortars and artillery. When his troop leader was wounded he took command of the troop and carried out the difficult task of holding his sector of the river-bank for another 36 hours. Throughout this period his example of coolness under fire and cheerfulness under difficult conditions were an inspiration to his men. Again on the night of 18-19 April 1945 in the advance on the River Gaiana he showed his qualities of leadership when his troop successfully cleared a number of pockets of enemy resistance and in particular when he carried out the task of clearing a portion of the stop-bank of the Torreme Quadermo which was strongly held by paratroopers. Throughout the whole operation Sergeant Bremner displayed outstanding qualities of leadership, devotion to duty and personal courage.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Bremner, John. (Ref. WO 373/14/779). Military Medal. MM. 13th December 1945. Italian theatre. Gazetted 18 October 1945 to 24 January 1946. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Helen. The celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2013.

    John Bremner was a member of the New Zealand Army contingent that went to London for the Coronation Celebration for Queen Elizabeth II.

    He was a teacher at Auckland Grammar School. There are photographs on the school's walls of John Bremner coaching sport.

    WO I J. Bremner, MM, ED; Auckland; born NZ 13 Oct 1921; farmhand; wounded 12 Dec 1944. (Source: Loughnan, R.J.M. Divisional Cavalry. p.406.)

    'By 1.30 a.m. on the 19th A and C Squadrons had both made the far side of the Quaderna and had cleared out this next bridgehead (Sergeant Bremner's MM citation mentions him here as well as at the Sillaro) and were digging in round a group of houses just north of the Medicina–Budrio railway. The tanks were getting up to lend support but had not reached the forward line by daylight, so, when the first counter-attack threatened at 6.45 a.m., this was beaten off by defensive fire called down on it from the guns behind. Throughout the earlier part of the day, most of A Squadron was in a decidedly delicate position. Enemy troops that had been overrun had manned their positions again on the banks of the Quaderna behind them; twice the squadron came close to being shelled by the 25-pounders, while they had also to suffer the enemy's 75-mm. fire. The cabrank planes also gave them several frights, so, until the arrival of B Squadron as reinforcement enabled the position to be held until the tanks did get up, A Squadron's predicament was not to be envied. Then D Squadron also came through and, together with the tanks, managed to push further forward to deepen the position.' (Source: Loughnan, R.J.M. Divisional Cavalry. p. 406.) AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    30 May 2018 AWMM
    Age 96 AWMM
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  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 9 June 2018. AWMM
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  • External links
    • 'The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.' (London Gazette, 13 December 1945, p.6079.). Military Medal.
      http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/37386/supplements/6079
      Further Reference
    • 'On 14 April 1945 Sergeant Bremner’s troop held part of the bridgehead over the RIVER SILLARO, Italy. The enemy made two determined counter-attacks against the bridgehead during which he displayed great courage. Without regard for his own safety he kept his troop supplied with ammunition under heavy fire from mortars and artillery. When his troop leader was wounded he took command of the troop and carried out the difficult task of holding his sector of the river-bank for another 36 hours. Throughout this period his example of coolness under fire and cheerfulness under difficult conditions were an inspiration to his men. Again on the night of 18-19 April 1945 in the advance on the River Gaiana he showed his qualities of leadership when his troop successfully cleared a number of pockets of enemy resistance and in particular when he carried out the task of clearing a portion of the stop-bank of the Torreme Quadermo which was strongly held by paratroopers. Throughout the whole operation Sergeant Bremner displayed outstanding qualities of leadership, devotion to duty and personal courage.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Bremner, John. (Ref. WO 373/14/779). Military Medal.
      http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D7356216
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  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 12: WW2 22 AWMM
    • Auckland Grammar School Chronicle. Auckland, N.Z.: Auckland Grammar School. AWMM
      Auckland Grammar School "Chronicle" 1953 notes he has MA degree AWMM
    • Loughnan, R. (1963). Divisional Cavalry. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.406. AWMM