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William Allan Derrett

  • Nama hōia
    WWII 25542 AWMM
  • Ingoa kārangaranga
  • Te Ope o Tū / te peka
    Army AWMM
  • Te tūnga whakamutunga
  • Pakanga
Mangere District War Memorial, 23 Domain Rd, Mangere Bridge, Auckland 2022. Image provided by John Halpin 2012, CC BY John Halpin 2012

Mangere District War Memorial, 23 Domain Rd, Mangere Bridge, Auckland 2022. Image provided by John H …


  • Taitara
  • Ngā ingoa tuatahi
    William Allan AWMM
  • Ingoa whānau
    Derrett AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Ingoa kārangaranga
  • Nama hōia
    WWII 25542 AWMM
  • Ira tangata
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Pono

Tauoranga kirirarau

Te whānautanga

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  • Whānautanga mai
    18 Whiringa ā-nuku 1914 Mangere Historical Society PateaTaranaki Mangere Historical Society
  • Rā i whānau mai ai
  • Wāhi Whānau
  • Tuhinga mō te whānautanga
  • Wāhi noho i mua i te whakaurunga
    WW2 Ambury Road, Mangere AWMM
  • Mahi whai muri i te pakanga
  • Uri kiritahi i te wā o te ekenga waka
    WW2 Mrs Ruth Derrett, Ambury Road, Mangere AWMM
  • Mēnā he hoa rangatira tōna
    Pre 1940 AWMM Single/WWII AWMM

Ope taua

Ngā pakanga me ngā whawhai

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Ngā tohu taumata rau ope taua

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  • Mētara me ngā Tohu
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    1943-1944 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Derrett, William Allen. (Ref. WO 373/26/257). Military Medal. AWMM

Te Whakangungu me te Urunga atu

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  • Whakangungu ope taua
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Te urunga
    WW2 Clerk 2NZEF Nom Roll 3
  • Mahi i mua i te ekenga waka
  • Pakeke i te whakaurunga

Te maha o ngā ekenga waka

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Mauhere o te pakanga

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  • Kia mau ki ngā taipitopito
  • Ngā rā i mauherehia ai
  • Rā i puta ai
  • Te rā i whakahokia atu ngā hōia i mauherehia ai
  • Ngā kōrero mō te puta i te mauhere pakanga
  • Nama motuhake mō te mauhere pakanga

Whakapapa hauora

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  • Tuhinga hauora

Te tūnga whakamutunga e mōhiotia ana

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  • Te tūnga whakamutunga

Kōrero taurongo

Kōrero taurongo

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  • He was the son of William and Ruth Derrett (Source: Mangere Historical Society)

    His last address was at Freeman Home, Te Awamutu.(Source: Mangere Historical Society)

    Sergeant W. A. Derrett, MM; Auckland; born Auckland, 18 Oct 1914; clerk; wounded 30 Aug 1942. (Source: Murphy, W.E. 2nd NZ Divisional Artillery. p.358.)

    'On 30 August 5 Brigade changed places with 132 Brigade within the NZ Box and the 5th Field and 58th Field did likewise that night, while 32 Battery, already at Halfa, stayed where it was. Enemy shelling as 30 Battery got ready to move killed two men and wounded two and the 58th also suffered loss. Gunners Carew and Derrett of 30 Battery both won an MM this night. Several drivers were hit and their quads were therefore immobilised under heavy fire, a desperate situation. Volunteers offered to drive, Derrett among them, though he was ‘badly and painfully wounded in both feet and the chest’ (to quote his citation). He had to be lifted into the driving seat and mustered his waning powers sufficiently to drive the gun crew together with some wounded drivers, as well as the gun and trailer, through the curtain of fire to an RAP. When he reached there he was on the verge of collapse. Carew's action was less dramatic, but it was typical of the selfless devotion he showed throughout the campaign. He went from his own E3, of which he was a crew member (as well as being the troop medical orderly) to E1 as soon as he heard there were casualties there needing attention. In so doing he had to pass through the thick of the shelling and did so unhesitatingly. He administered first aid and stayed until the wounded could be evacuated, when he managed to get on the last truck of his troop to depart for the new area. Sergeant W. A. Derrett, MM; Auckland; born Auckland, 18 Oct 1914; clerk; wounded 30 Aug 1942.; Alam Halfa and Alamein - The enemy shellfire also caught the artillery reliefs. Careful liaison had been made on the CRA's direction to ensure that the exchange of gun positions between 58 Field Regiment, RA, and 6 NZ Field Regiment should take place in such a way that the maximum possible number of guns would be able to fire in support of the front at any moment. One of the NZ batteries, the 29th, had been set a task in 6 Brigade's raid and its relief was to wait until this task had been completed. With the other two batteries, the 30th and the 48th, the exchange of guns with 58 Field Regiment had begun on time and was proceeding smoothly when shells began to drop around 30 Battery's gun pits. Some of the relieving guns had just been wheeled into the pits, others were still on tow, while several NZ guns and quads were being lined up in convoy ready for the journey out. The first shells caught many of the gunners above ground, causing several casualties, principally among the drivers standing by their vehicles. NZ casualties were two killed and four seriously wounded, but this total might have been higher had not two of the gunners, C. P. Carew and W. A. Derrett, the latter himself wounded, braved the shellfire to clear both guns and wounded from the danger area. The English gunners suffered more severely and several guns and vehicles of both regiments were damaged.' (Source: Murphy, W.E. 2nd NZ Divisional Artillery. p. 358.; Walker, R. Alam Halfa and Alamein. p. 75.) AWMM
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  • Matenga
    1 Huitanguru 1999 Mangere Historical Society
    Age 84 AWMM
    Te AwamutuWaikato Mangere Historical Society
  • Rā i mate ai
  • Pakeke i te matenga
  • Wāhi Mate
  • Te momo matenga
  • Tuhipoka mō te matenga
  • Urupā
    Hamilton Park Cemetery, 395 Morrinsville Road, Newstead, Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Ingoa o te urupā
  • Tohutoro kōhatu urupā
  • Pānui Matenga
  • Ingoa maumaharatanga
  • Tohutoro maumaharatanga

Ngā maumaharatanga


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  • Ingoa maumaharatanga
    Mangere Memorial Hall, Domain Road, Mangere, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM

Rārangi Ingoa Whai Hōnore

Maumahara William Allan Derrett mā te whakatakoto i te papi

Waiho atu he tuhinga

Waiho atu he poroporoaki, he maumaharatanga ki a William Allan Derrett

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Ngā mātāwai

Ngā mātāwai

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  • Hononga ki waho
  • Ngā tuhinga
    • Second 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. AWMM
    • Sutherland, J. (1989). Gallantry awards to New Zealanders in World War Two. Christchurch, N.Z.: Regal Medals. AWMM
      p.71 AWMM
    • Mangere Historical Society: This record was kindly researched by the Mangere Historical Society. AWMM
    • Murphy, W. (1966). 2nd New Zealand Divisional Artillery. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Walker, R. (1967). Alam Halfa and Alamein. Dept. of Internal Affairs, Historical Publications Branch, Wellington, N.Z. AWMM
    • L.R.D.G. Membership Roll February 1970. Long Range Desert Group (N.Z. Association). Auckland Museum EPH-W2-11-27. AWMM
    • O'Carroll, B. (2000). The Kiwi scorpions : the story of the New Zealanders in the Long Range Desert Group. Devon, England: Token Publishing. AWMM
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