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Maurice Francis Chaney

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 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
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service 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
  • 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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  • Love you Dad, think about you all the time, ❤️a very special Dad you never moaned, or groaned, despite or the post traumatic symptoms of trauma from your war days.
    To me Dad, you were rough and you were tough, a very strict and protective Dad, and I know that you are still in spirit with me today❤️Love you forever, your daughter Margaret❤️Xo
    Public - Margaret Anne - Child - 21 April 2023
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  • Dad was a talented welder, boilermaker. That was his trade in his civilian life after the war ended. He could make fancy gates, whitebait nets, hills hoist style clothes lines. I'm sure he made ours for mum at home when she got one. He made a swing for his children which lasted for years and years. After we had grown up and left home the swing was given away to some other lucky little kids I guess so. He also had been a shooter employed by the NZ Government to keep the feral pig, goat populations in check in the bushland. That was before he got married. Dad taught all his children respect for guns, and usage of guns. He wasn't ever careless or stupid or drunk with guns. He might not have had everything right in his life, and I know he suffered with depression, and a number of physical ailments as he got older, he spent a lot of time in bed because he suffered with arthritis. ❤️

    Public - Johannah - Child - 11 June 2022
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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

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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
  • References
    • 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

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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
21 April 2023Margaret Anne Levin, Horowhenua, New ZealandChild
11 June 2022JohannahSingleton NSW AustraliaChild

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