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Brian Edwin Clement

Brian was in the Solomon Islands during WWII on island of Bougainville. He was late departing from Whenuapai vs the rest of his company as one member in his tent died  so he and 2 others remain behind for the inquest into the doctor who refused to attend. Brian also returned from the war later than the rest of his company as he was the only person on the island able to operate the crane at the wharf so was needed to load both US and ANZ ships with returning cargo etc. His company captured an intact  Japanese Zero airplane and his CO flew it back to their base. Brian dismantled and laid that plane onto a ship and the plane is now on display in the Auckland War Memorial Museum. In about 2000 Brian sent this story with accompanying photos to the Museum.

Brian Edwin Clement AC44622 Taken 1944

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Brian Edwin AWMM
  • Surname
    Clement AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ44622 AWMM
    • WWII 44622 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1 January 1924 Births, Deaths and Marriages
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
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  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Ashburton-Mayfield Road, Ashburton AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
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Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Pacific AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ44622 AWMM
    • WWII 44622 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Labourer/Civilian Ballot List
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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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Biographical information

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About death

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  • Death
    6 July 2003 Cemetery Records
    BlenheimMarlborough AWMM
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  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
    Fairhall Cemetery Blenheim Marlborough New Zealand AWMM
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  • External links
    'Ealing Function' Ashburton Guardian, 15 June 1946
    Further Reference
  • References
    New Zealand, World War II Ballot Lists, 1940–1945. [Extracted from the New Zealand Gazette.] CD-ROM. Ravensbourne, Dunedin, New Zealand: Colonial CD Books, n.d. AWMM


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