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Brian Arthur Purcell

Portrait of Brian Arthur Purcell, 459262 (2014). © NZIPP Photograph by Lester de Vere 9999-2017. CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0.

Portrait of Brian Arthur Purcell, 459262 (2014). © NZIPP Photograph by Lester de Vere 9999-2017. CC- …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Brian Arthur AWMM
  • Surname
    Purcell AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 459262 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1945 AWMM 52 Willis St., Ashburton AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs. M.C. Purcell, 52 Willis St., Ashburton (m) AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1945 AWMM Single/WWII AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 459262 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 1945 2NZEF Nom. Roll 15, p.116 Student/Civilian 2NZEF Nom. Roll 15, p.116
    AshburtonCanterbury 2NZEF Nom. Roll 15, p.116
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Member of the Hobsonville RSA. AWMM
    • Birth: 4 August 1923 at Ashburton, NZ
      Death: 17 October 2020 at Kumeu, Auckland, NZ
      Occupation (post 2WW & J-Force): Schoolteacher/Principal
      MEDALS: Italy Star, War Medal, NZWSM, NZOSM, NZSM, NZDSM
      Service details:
      1942, 10 Feb: Enlisted, 2NZEF, 14th Rfmnts, 459262, Gnr
      1944: Transferred to RNZAF, #444845, for one week only.
      1944, 28 Sep: Embarked Wellington 'MS Dunnottar Castle', participated in mutiny, disembarked, returned to Camp.
      1945, 14 Jan: Embarked Wellington 'Empress of Scotland', 14th Rfmnts 2NZEF, via Hobart.
      1945, 29 Jan: Arrived Port Tewfik, Eqypt.
      1945, Feb: at Maadi Camp, near Cairo, Egypt
      1945, May: Port Said to Taranto, Italy, 'Samaria', Joined NZ Div Arty, just out of Trieste.
      1946, 21 Feb: From Florence, Italy to Japan, 'Strathmore'.
      1946, 19 Mar: Arrived Kure, Japan. Occupation Forces, Japan. Visited Hiroshima.
      1946, Jul: RTNZ
      1946, 5 Sep: Discharged 2NZEF. Public - Gerry - Child - 29 January 2021 - Military PF, Family Papers,
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About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 15 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1945 to 31st December, 1945). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.116 AWMM
    • This record was partially compiled from information provided by the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers (NZIPP) Veteran Portrait Project. AWMM


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29 January 2021GerryKatikati, NZSelf

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