Monty Claude Fairbrother 21 September 1907 - 1 February 1997 Key details Contribute › Service number7192 AWMM Also known as ForceArmy AWMM Rank and unit at dischargeBrigadier AWMMNew Zealand Infantry, 2 Brigade AWMM WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Play your part Contribute what you know about their war service and life. Lay a poppy Leave a note PDF Print Share Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesMonty Claude AWMM SurnameFairbrother AWMM Ingoa Also known as Service number7192 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth21 September 1907 AWMM Place of birthCartertonWellingtonNew Zealand AWMM Birth notesCartertonWairarapaNew Zealand AWMM Occupations Contribute › Occupation before enlistmentWW2 AWMMSecretary-Accountant AWMMWW2 AWMMAccountant AWMM Post war occupation Next of kin Contribute › Address before enlistmentPre 1939 AWMMC/o Post Office Box 61InvercargillNew Zealand AWMMUnknown AWMMPost Office Box 61InvercargillNew Zealand AWMM Next of kin on embarkationMrs Helen Constance Fairbrother (wife)Te KawaTe AwamutuNew Zealand AWMMMrs Helen Constance Fairbrother (wife)Te KawaTe AwamutuNew Zealand AWMM Relationship statusPre 5 January 1940 AWMMMarried AWMMPre 1944 AWMMMarried AWMM Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Campaigns ForceArmy AWMM Service number7192 AWMM Military units2 New Zealand Infantry Brigade AWMM5 Infantry Brigade AWMM20 Canterbury Infantry Battalion AWMM21 Battalion AWMM23 Battalion AWMM28 (Maori) Battalion AWMM Military service2 New Zealand Infantry Brigade AWMM5 Infantry Brigade AWMM20 Canterbury Infantry Battalion AWMM21 Battalion AWMM23 Battalion AWMM28 (Maori) Battalion AWMM Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and AwardsCommander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) AWMMDSO: NZ Gazette, 30 April 1946, citation: "For gallantry and distinguished leadership. Lieutenant Colonel Fairbrother commanded 26 NZ Battalion during the recent campaign, from the date of the attack on the Senio until the conclusion of hostilities. During this period his Battalion carried out a number of attacks; all of which were completely successful. He was continually with forward companies, making personal reconnaissances with complete disregard for his personal safety, and inspiring his men with his tireless and determined leadership. From 12 April till 16 April his battalion fought five set-piece attacks under barrages, all prepared at very short notice. As a result his battalion cross [sic] the Santerno and the Sillaro and exploited to a considerable depth beyond. AWMMCompanion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM1939-1945 Star AWMMAfrica Star (8th Army clasp) AWMMItaly Star AWMMDefence Medal AWMMWar Medal 1939-1945 with oak leaf AWMMNew Zealand War Service Medal AWMMCoronation Medal 1953 AWMMEfficiency Decoration and 4 bars (ED****) AWMM Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training EnlistmentWW2 AWMM1939 AWMMInvercargillSouthlandSouth IslandNew Zealand AWMMWW2 AWMMUnknown AWMM Age on enlistmentWW2 AWMM32 AWMMWW2 AWMM Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW2 AWMM5 January 1940 AWMMWellingtonNew Zealand AWMMWW2 AWMM1944 AWMM Embarkation bodyWW2 AWMM5 January 1940 AWMM20th (Canterbury-Otago) Battalion AWMMLieutenant AWMMWW2 AWMM1944 AWMMSecond New Zealand Expeditionary Force AWMMInfantry Brigade AWMMLieutenant Colonel 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 rankBrigadier AWMMNew Zealand Infantry, 2 Brigade AWMM Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › Brigade Major of 5 NZ Infantry Brigade, June 1942-43.Commanding Officer (CO) of 21 Battalion, 23 Battalion, and 28 (Maori) Battalion, April - December 1943.General Staff Officer grade 2 (GSO2), June 1944.CO of 26 Battalion, October 1944 - September 1945.Commandant of 2 NZ Expeditionary Force Advanced Base, September 1945.Associate Editor, War Histories, 1946Commissioned Brigadier and commanded 2 NZ Infantry Brigade, 1951-56.Associate Member of Army Board, 1955-60.Chairman of War Pensions Board, 1963. AWMM Read more Death About death Contribute › Age at death89 AWMM Date of deathFeb 1997 AWMM Cause of death Place of deathMastertonWairarapaWellington RegionNew Zealand AWMM Death notesMastertonNew Zealand AWMM Cemetery Contribute › Cemetery nameRiverside CemeteryMastertonNew Zealand AWMM Grave referenceEx-servicemen Row A-I Plot 1 AWMM Memorial Contribute › Memorial name Memorial reference ObituaryDeath Notice: Wairarapa Times-Age, 22 February 1997 AWMM Roll of Honour Remember Monty Claude Fairbrother by laying a poppy. Leslie Jonathan Fairbrother Lewis Mervyn Fairbrother Monty Claude Fairbrother Robert Edmund Fairbrother Edith Maude Fairchild Lay a poppy for 2015 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Monty Claude Fairbrother Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksCody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington: Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. Digital copy.http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2Maor.htmSources Used28th Maori Battalion Website 1941-1945http://www.28maoribattalion.org.nz/Sources UsedNew Zealand Electronic Text Collection topic pagehttp://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/name-009333.htmlNZETC28th Maori Battalion Website 1941-1945. Personal pagehttp://www.28maoribattalion.org.nz/soldier/monty-claude-fairbrotherFurther ReferenceCody, J. (1953). 21 Battalion. Wellington, Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. Digital copyhttp://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2-21Ba.htmlFurther ReferenceBurdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. Digital copyhttp://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2-24Ba.htmlFurther Reference DocumentsHaigh, J., Polaschek, A. (Eds.). (1993). New Zealand and the Distinguished Service Order. Christchurch, N.Z.: Authors. AWMMSecond 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 56 AWMMSecond New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 14 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1944 to 31st December, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMMWW2 14: WW2 30 AWMMWairarapa Daily Times AWMMDeath Notice: Wairarapa Times-Age, 22 February 1997 AWMM Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.