Brian Bentley Graves Born 14 January 1918 - Died 29 July 1944 PDF Print Share Key details Contribute › Service number1813 AWMM Also known as ForceArmy AWMM Last rankLieutenant AWMMNew Zealand Artillery, 4 Field Regiment, 26 Battery AWMM WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Lay a poppy Portrait, Weekly News - This image may be subject to copyrig … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesBrian Bentley AWMM SurnameGraves AWMM Ingoa Also known as Service number1813 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth14 January 1918 AWMM Place of birthWellington, New Zealand AWMM Birth notesWellington, New Zealand AWMM Occupation before enlistmentWW2 Clerk AWMM Post war occupation Address before enlistmentUnknown 47 Stanley Avenue, Palmerston North, New Zealand AWMM Next of kin on embarkationMr H.I. Graves (father), 60 Aurora Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM Relationship statusUnknown Single AWMM Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM CampaignsItaly AWMM ForceArmy AWMM Service number1813 AWMM Military service Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and Awards Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training EnlistmentWW2 Unknown AWMMPalmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM Age on enlistment Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW2 Gunner AWMM; New Zealand Artillery, 4 Field Regiment AWMM; 2NZEF: 1st Echelon AWMM Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Contribute › Medical notesKilled in Action, Cause of Death AWMM Last known rank Contribute › Last rankLieutenant AWMMNew Zealand Artillery, 4 Field Regiment, 26 Battery AWMM Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › Brian Graves was the son of Horace Ivatt Graves and Daisy Graves of Wellington, New Zealand.Lieutenant Graves was killed on 29 July 1944 at San Michele, south of Florence. Graves was the newly-appointed commander of F Troop and was being taken by Major Carson forward to the OP when a shell struck the scout car and killed both Lieutenant Graves and Gunner I.H. Henry. (ref. 2nd Div. History, p. 623-4)During July 1944 the New Zealand Artillery was part of the advance to Florence. After the fall of Rome troops rested by the Liri river, training and recreation taking up the days until 7 July when orders were received that the Division should concentrate near Lake Trasimene. After the taking of Rome by the Allies in June 1944 the Germans fell back to the Gothic Line.They needed time to consolidate this line. For their part the Allies aimed to reach the Northern Apennines before this consolidation could take place. The result was that as the Fifth Army advanced along the coast and the Eighth Army advanced further inland they found stiff resistance as the Germans sought to slow down Allied progress. From 5 July the Allies encountered resolute resistance in defence of positions just south of a line Ancona-Arezzo-Leghorn and in particular on both sides of the Chiana valley.The Allied attack along this line began on 14/15 July.Within a week it had taken all the strong points of the German defences and had gained the ports of Ancona and Leghorn.The Americans reached the Arno on 4 August and on the 13 August the 8th Indian Division crossed the river and occupied Florence. The first days of August saw the end of the campaign in central Italy. The next stage involved the Allied forces in the attack on the Gothic Line which the Germans had heavily fortified. The delaying tactics they had used at Lake Trasimene and near Arezzo had allowed time to complete this work. AWMM Read more Death About death Contribute › Age at death26 AWMM Date of death29 July 1944 AWMM Cause of deathKilled in Action AWMM Place of deathSan Michele, Italy AWMM Death notesSan Michele, south of Florence, Italy AWMM Cemetery nameFlorence War Cemetery, Italy AWMM Grave referenceVII. C. 8. AWMM Memorial nameMemorial plaque, Karori Cemetery, Wellington AWMM Memorial reference Obituary Roll of Honour Remember Brian Bentley Graves by laying a poppy. R.J. Grave Arthur George Graves Brian Bentley Graves Ernest Graves Ernest Harry Graves Lay a poppy for 2016 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Brian Bentley Graves Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksCommonwealth War Graves Commission.http://www.cwgc.orgSources UsedMurphy, W. (1966). 2nd New Zealand Divisional Artillery. Wellington, Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch.http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2Arti.htmlSources UsedMurphy, W. (1966). 2nd New Zealand Divisional Artillery. Wellington, Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch.http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2Arti.htmlSources Used DocumentsSecond New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMMWW2 1: WW2 69 AWMMMurphy, W. (1966). 2nd New Zealand Divisional Artillery. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMMMap on page 618 of Official History of 2nd New Zealand Divisional Artillery by W.E. Murphy shows the positions of the troops on 29 July AWMM Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.