Thomas England Duncan Born 24 February 1917 - Died 24 October 1942 PDF Print Share Key details Contribute › Service number25841 AWMM Also known as ForceArmy AWMM Last rankCorporal AWMM28 (Maori) Battalion AWMM WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Lay a poppy Whakarewarewa Village, Memorial Gateway, Rotorua (photo J Ch … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesThomas England AWMM SurnameDuncan AWMM Ingoa Also known as Service number25841 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth24 February 1917 AWMM Place of birthNew Zealand AWMM Birth notes Occupation before enlistmentWW2 Labourer AWMM Post war occupation Address before enlistmentUnknown Reporoa, New Zealand AWMM Next of kin on embarkationMrs Puke (mother), Reporoa, New Zealand AWMM Relationship statusUnknown Single AWMM Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM CampaignsWestern Desert AWMM ForceArmy AWMM Service number25841 AWMM Military service Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and AwardsMilitary Medal (MM) AWMM4 November 1941 AWMMThe National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Duncan, Thomas England. (Ref. WO 373/27/365). Military Medal. AWMM Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training EnlistmentWW2 Unknown AWMMRotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand AWMM Age on enlistment Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW2 Private AWMM; 28 (Maori) Battalion 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 rankCorporal AWMM28 (Maori) Battalion AWMM Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › Thomas England Duncan was the son of Samuel and Mako Duncan, of Wharepaina, Auckland, New Zealand.Corporal T. E. Duncan, MM; born NZ 24 Feb 1917; labourer; wounded 23 May 1941; killed in action 24 Oct 1942. (Source: Cody, J.F. 28 Maori Battalion. p.90.)'Some of these troops were dropped along the west bank of the Platanias River and beyond effective range but were optimistically fired on by A, B, and C Companies until they were hidden in the ground cover.A parachute with a load that glistened in the sun floated down about half-way between the enemy and B Company and Private Tommy Duncan13 volunteered to go out and investigate. He stalked the ‘chute and found it contained a canister of weapons, field glasses, and grenades. He was dragging it back when he noticed a party of Germans also bent on retrieving his trophy, which he felt disinclined to part with. He shot two and the others disappeared. This and subsequent exploits won him the Military Medal.' (Source: Cody, J.F. 28 Maori Battalion. p. 90.) AWMM Read more Death About death Contribute › Age at death25 AWMM Date of death24 October 1942 AWMM Cause of death Place of deathWestern Desert, North Africa, Africa AWMM Death notesWestern Desert AWMM Cemetery name Grave reference Memorial nameAlamein Memorial, El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt AWMMAuckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMMWhakarewarewa, Te Hokowhitu-a-tu Memorial Gateway, Rotorua AWMM Memorial referenceColumn 101. AWMM Obituary Roll of Honour Remember Thomas England Duncan by laying a poppy. Stuart Duncan T.E. Duncan Thomas England Duncan Thomas Smith Rollo Duncan Victor Duncan Lay a poppy for 2016 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Thomas England Duncan Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksCommonwealth War Graves Commission.http://www.cwgc.orgSources Used28th Maori Battalion Website 1941-1945http://www.28maoribattalion.org.nz/Further ReferenceCody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington: Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. Digital copy.http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2Maor.htmFurther ReferenceAuckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-93-139.http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/collections-research/collections/record/am_library-catalogq40-4796Further Reference'The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the undermentioned awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East.' (London Gazette, 4 November 1941, p.6359.). Military Medal.http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/35333/supplements/6359Further ReferenceThe National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Duncan, Thomas England. (Ref. WO 373/27/365). Military Medal.http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D7362875Further Reference DocumentsAuckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139. 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 133 AWMMCody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMMpp.90, 104, 145, 149. AWMM Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.