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William Brick

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Identity

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  • Forenames
    William AWMM
  • Surname
    Brick AWMM
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  • Service number
    WWII 448556 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    20 September 1921 AWMM AshburtonCanterbury AWMM
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  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1943 AWMM Mt. Hutt, Rakaia R.D. AWMM
  • Post war occupation
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    WW2 Mr. P. Brick, Mt. Hutt, Rakaia R.D. (f) AWMM
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Service

Wars and conflicts

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    Army AWMM
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    WWII 448556 AWMM
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    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    10 May 1945 AWMM
    'At first light on 15 July 1944 at MONTE CEVADENTI, south of Arezzo, Italy, Corporal Brick led a patrol of eight men a distance of about 8OO yards. When the patrol reached the lower slopes of their objective they were caught in cross-fire from machine-gun positions at each end of the feature and frontal fire from a third machine gun. In full daylight and in spite of the scanty cover offered, Corporal Brick led his men in a successful assault on the central enemy machine-gun post. Deciding it was impossible to proceed further, he then ordered his patrol to withdraw, driving two enemy prisoners in front, and crossed the 300 yards of open ground without loss or casualty to himself or any of his men. Valuable information was gained for an attack which proved successful on the following night.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Brick, William. (Ref. WO 373/11/615). Military Medal. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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    WW2 Clerk AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Lieutenant W. Brick, MM; Putaruru; born Ashburton, 20 Sep 1921; clerk; wounded 24 Dec 1943. (Source: Kay, R. Italy Volume II : From Cassino to Trieste. p.109.)

    'Less than a mile south-east of Colle de Luca an eight-man patrol from B Company of 26 Battalion (which was occupying Poggio Cavadenti with two platoons) clashed with Germans on Poggio Altoviti. The patrol set out just before dawn and, on reaching the crest of Altoviti, its leader (Corporal Brick) and another man tripped over a spandau post. Brick opened fire before the enemy gunners recovered from their surprise. One German was killed and two others wounded and taken prisoner, and although other spandaus in the vicinity began firing, Brick and his men, driving their prisoners before them, raced back across open ground to Poggio Cavadenti, which they reached without casualties. Lieutenant W. Brick, MM; Putaruru; born Ashburton, 20 Sep 1921; clerk; wounded 24 Dec 1943.; 26 Battalion - At dawn on the 15th the situation was unchanged, but a B Coy patrol led by Corporal Brick was having an exciting time. It had set out just before dawn towards Pt 844, a hill about 500 yards north-west of Mount Cavadenti. Cautiously the small party climbed the hill slope in the half light. On the crest the corporal and Pte McLeod, who accompanied him, tripped over a spandau post. Before the enemy gunners had recovered from their surprise the patrol leader had opened fire. One German was killed and the two others wounded and taken prisoner before other spandau posts in the vicinity began firing. The advantage of surprise gone, Corporal Brick set about getting his men and the prisoners back to the lines as quickly as possible. All but one of the enemy posts could be covered by Bren fire, and this was quietened by Pte Parker,6 who coolly lobbed grenades at it. Driving the prisoners ahead of it, the patrol raced back down the hill and across the open ground to Mount Cavadenti. Despite the heavy machine-gun fire none of the party was hit.' (Source: Kay, R. Italy Volume II : From Cassino to Trieste. p. 109.; Norton, F. D. 26 Battalion. pp. 413-14.) AWMM
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  • External links
    • 'The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.' (London Gazette, 10 May 1945, p.2455.). Military Medal.
      http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/37072/supplements/2455
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    • 'At first light on 15 July 1944 at MONTE CEVADENTI, south of Arezzo, Italy, Corporal Brick led a patrol of eight men a distance of about 8OO yards. When the patrol reached the lower slopes of their objective they were caught in cross-fire from machine-gun positions at each end of the feature and frontal fire from a third machine gun. In full daylight and in spite of the scanty cover offered, Corporal Brick led his men in a successful assault on the central enemy machine-gun post. Deciding it was impossible to proceed further, he then ordered his patrol to withdraw, driving two enemy prisoners in front, and crossed the 300 yards of open ground without loss or casualty to himself or any of his men. Valuable information was gained for an attack which proved successful on the following night.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Brick, William. (Ref. WO 373/11/615). Military Medal.
      http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D7353905
      Further Reference
  • Documents
    • Norton, F. (1952). 26 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.413-14. AWMM
    • Kay, R. (1967). Italy. Volume 2. From Cassino to Trieste. Dept. of Internal Affairs, Historical Publications Branch, Wellington, N.Z. AWMM
      p.109. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 11 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1943 to 30th June, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.17 AWMM