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Maurice Francis Chaney

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Maurice Francis AWMM
  • Surname
    Chaney AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 277074 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    22 October 1921 AWMM New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1943 AWMM Otaki Otaki AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr. W. Chaney, Otaki Railway (f) AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1943 AWMM Single/WWII AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 277074 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    18 October 1945 AWMM
    'On the night of 19-20 April 1945 during the attack across the GAIANA RIVER, to the QUADERNA CANAL, Italy, Lance Sergeant Chaney was in command of a troop as his Troop Officer had been wounded. Many pockets of stubborn enemy paratroop resistance were encountered and at 2315 hours his squadron were pinned to the ground by enemy machine-gun fire and were unable to make any further progress. Making a quick appreciation of the position and in spite of point-blank fire, Lance Sergeant Chaney charged the enemy position with his sub machine-gun and killed the enemy gun crew at their posts. By his immediate offensive action he cleared the way for the advance to continue and his courage and disregard of personal safety were an inspiration to all around him. His action on this occasion played a large part in the success of the operation.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Chaney, Maurice Francis. (Ref. WO 373/14/271). Military Medal. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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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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Death

About death

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  • Death
    17 July 1990 Noel Smith Research Project
    Age 69 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • I love you Dad, you will always be our Hero and the best dad we could wish for now realising all the suffering that you endured and carried from the effects of war. Lots of love your daughter Margaret
    Public - Margaret Anne - Direct descendant - 2 October 2019
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  • Miss you Dad. since you passed away on 17 July 1990 and always love you.
    Public - johannah - Child - 25 July 2019
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Sources

Sources

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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, 18 October 1945, p.5102.). Military Medal.
      http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/37310/supplements/5102
      Further Reference
    • 'On the night of 19-20 April 1945 during the attack across the GAIANA RIVER, to the QUADERNA CANAL, Italy, Lance Sergeant Chaney was in command of a troop as his Troop Officer had been wounded. Many pockets of stubborn enemy paratroop resistance were encountered and at 2315 hours his squadron were pinned to the ground by enemy machine-gun fire and were unable to make any further progress. Making a quick appreciation of the position and in spite of point-blank fire, Lance Sergeant Chaney charged the enemy position with his sub machine-gun and killed the enemy gun crew at their posts. By his immediate offensive action he cleared the way for the advance to continue and his courage and disregard of personal safety were an inspiration to all around him. His action on this occasion played a large part in the success of the operation.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Chaney, Maurice Francis. (Ref. WO 373/14/271). Military Medal.
      http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D7355708
      Further Reference
  • Documents
    • Murphy, W. (1966). 2nd New Zealand Divisional Artillery. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.406. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.35 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • This record was partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith (2020-2021). AWMM

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02 October 2019Margaret AnneLevin Horowhenua North Island New Zealand Direct descendant
25 July 2019johannahSingleton NSW AustraliaChild

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