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Walter George Thomas Bright

  • Service number
    • WWII 5157 AWMM
    • WWII NZD5157 AWMM
    • WWII NZ5157 AWMM
  • Also known as
  • Armed force / branch
    Navy AWMM
  • Last rank
  • War


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Walter George Thomas AWMM
  • Surname
    Bright AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII 5157 AWMM
    • WWII NZD5157 AWMM
    • WWII NZ5157 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    24 March 1923 AWMM ChristchurchCanterbury AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 15 Buffon Street, Christchurch AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs E. Bright, Christchurch AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • British Empire Medal (BEM) AWMM
      "Salter and Bright refused to leave a signalman who was unconscious and severely injured on the bridge of the HMNZ Moa. These ratings realised that he could not be thrown into the water and therefore in the short time available, they fitted him with a life jacket and when the ship disappeared floated off supporting him. Their coolness and courage undoubtedly saved his life, and is considered particularly praise-worthy in view of the fact that they had no knowledge of the side towards which the ship would capsize." Evening Post AWMM
    • Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) AWMM
      7 September 1943 AWMM
      Awarded for saving life on sinking of HMNZS 'Moa' AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Shop assistant/Civilian Ballot List
  • 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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About death

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  • Death
    2006 Births, Deaths and Marriages
  • 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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