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Michael James Compton

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Michael James AWMM
  • Surname
    Compton AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 45437 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1 April 1919 AWMM WairoaHawkes Bay AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • WW2 Pre 1941 AWMM Frasertown AWMM
    • WW2 Pre 1942 AWMM Frasertown AWMM
    • WW2 Pre 1945 AWMM Frasertown AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Mrs. E. Compton, Frasertown (m) AWMM
    • WW2 Mrs. E. Compton, Frasertown (m) AWMM
    • WW2 Mrs. E. Compton, Frasertown (m) AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 45437 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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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  • Lance Bombardier M. J. Compton, MM, m.i.d.; Wairoa; born Wairoa, 1 Apr 1919; carpenter. (Source: Gillespie, O.A. The Pacific. p.151.)

    'It created considerable damage before it was silenced by a resourceful American, Carpenter's Mate 1st Class Aurillo Tassone, of the CBs, who, using a bulldozer as a tank and its shining blade as a shield, crushed the garrison and buried the 24 Japanese occupants in one operation. He was awarded the Silver Star. A party of anti-aircraft gunners, landing with the second wave, attempted to liquidate this strongpoint, and Gunner M. J. Compton disposed of some of the occupants before the bulldozer arrived. Captain H. H. Grey, also a gunner, collected a party and played an infantry role by seeking enemy strongposts.' (Source: Gillespie, O.A. The Pacific. p. 151.) AWMM
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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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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 Fiji and New Caledonia from 1st September 1943 to 29th February 1944.' (London Gazette, 27 July 1944, p.3505.). Military Medal.
    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/36627/supplements/3505
    Further Reference
  • Documents
    • Gillespie, O. (1952). The Pacific. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.151. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 6 (Embarkations from 1st October, 1941 to 31st December, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.9 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 9 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1942 to 31st December, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.83 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 15 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1945 to 31st December, 1945). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.32 AWMM
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