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Michael Arthur Andrew


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Michael Arthur AWMM
  • Surname
    Andrew AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 2410 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    19 October 1917 AWMM WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1940 AWMM 354 Leith St., Dunedin AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Dr. A.R. Andrew, 354 Leith St., Dunedin (father) AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 2410 AWMM
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Cross (MC) AWMM
    18 May 1943 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Andrew, Michael Arthur. (Ref. WO 373/24/352). Military Cross. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Maj M. A. Andrew, MC, m.i.d.; Northern Rhodesia; born Wellington, 19 Oct 1917; mining student; twice wounded. (Source: Scoullar, J. L. Battle for Egypt: The Summer of 1942. p.316)

    'Sergeant Allen's section made such good time through the first enemy minefield that Major Reid altered his plan and told him to carry on while No. 3 Section widened the lane to the required forty yards. The section disappeared into the smoke and dust and were nearly on the final objective when there was an explosion so loud that it momentarily drowned the barrage. A trip-wire had exploded a 500-pound bomb—one of our own used by the enemy—killing Sergeant Allen and three others and wounding twelve more, nearly half the section at one blow. Other booby-trapped bombs were found later spread over the minefield with wires radiating from them like the web of an evil spider. The remnants of the section were sent back to the first gap and Lieutenant Andrew's party brought forward. Andrew, trying to fight off a severe attack of jaundice, then led his section to where a second minefield had been located at the foot of Miteiriya. It was in this belt that Andrew found the first S-mines that the sappers had knowingly encountered; the forward field had probably been left clear of them so that patrols could move about freely. The sapper officer went ahead of the minesweepers and disarmed the new menaces. It was a very tricky operation at any time and in the dusty moonlight extremely hazardous, for there were only three little wire prongs to be seen and some were connected to nearly invisible trip wires. He was awarded an MC for his coolness and leadership.' (Source: Cody, J.F. New Zealand Engineers, Middle East. p. 354.) AWMM
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Cody, J.F. (1961). New Zealand Engineers, Middle East. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.203, 230, 281, 303, 304, 305, 306, 353, 354, 358, 517, 618, 649, 660, 670. AWMM
    • Scoullar, J. L. (1955). Battle for Egypt : the summer of 1942. Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch, Wellington, N.Z. AWMM
      p.316. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.9 AWMM

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