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Desmond Patrick Corrigan

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Desmond Patrick AWMM
  • Surname
    Corrigan AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 14866 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    21 July 1908 AWMM Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1941 AWMM 274 Papanui Rd., Christchurch AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs. J.C. Corrigan, 66 Gover St., New New Plymouth (m) AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 14866 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    3 August 1944 AWMM
    'During the fighting in CASSINO, Italy, from 15 to 25 March 1944 Warrant Officer Corrigan displayed complete disregard for his own safety in carrying out his many duties. After the attack on the station and Hummocks area on 17 March, he and his Company Commander were the only ones left in Company Headquarters. From then on and particularly throughout the following day he made a number of trips, though an area covered by heavy shelling, mortar-fire and snipers to replenish the Company’s ammunition supply and during the evening led a party through the same area for food. He performed many tasks beyond the scope of his duties as Company Sergeant Major and his cheerfulness and disregard for his safety in making these trips were an inspiration to his Company. It was solely due to his efforts that the maintenance of food and ammunition was possible.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Corrigan, Desmond Patrick. (Ref. WO 373/7/105). Military Medal. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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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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  • 2 Lieutenant D. P. Corrigan, MM; Christchurch; born Christchurch, 21 Jul 1908; salesman; wounded 25 Oct 1942. (Source: Norton, F. D. 26 Battalion. p.376.)

    'Within an hour enemy mortars, field guns, and spandaus were all in action again. The tanks and the artillery retaliated but the enemy fire did not slacken. Monastery Hill was again partially enveloped in smoke, a sure indication that the Indians had not succeeded. C Coy was feeling very pleased with itself, but Maj Williams realised that ammunition stocks would have to be replenished during the day in case of another attack. He could ill spare men for this dangerous task, but WO II Corrigan volunteered for it and was allowed to go. In broad daylight and under heavy fire most of the time, he made several trips to the crypt, bringing back a heavy load each time. After dusk he guided a team of stretcher-bearers carrying hot stew, rations, and a few greatcoats through to the companies.' (Source: Norton, F. D. 26 Battalion. p. 376.) AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
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  • Place of death
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Memorials

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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, 3 August 1944, p.3605.). Military Medal.
      http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/36637/supplements/3605
      Further Reference
    • 'During the fighting in CASSINO, Italy, from 15 to 25 March 1944 Warrant Officer Corrigan displayed complete disregard for his own safety in carrying out his many duties. After the attack on the station and Hummocks area on 17 March, he and his Company Commander were the only ones left in Company Headquarters. From then on and particularly throughout the following day he made a number of trips, though an area covered by heavy shelling, mortar-fire and snipers to replenish the Company’s ammunition supply and during the evening led a party through the same area for food. He performed many tasks beyond the scope of his duties as Company Sergeant Major and his cheerfulness and disregard for his safety in making these trips were an inspiration to his Company. It was solely due to his efforts that the maintenance of food and ammunition was possible.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Corrigan, Desmond Patrick. (Ref. WO 373/7/105). Military Medal.
      http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D7350733
      Further Reference
  • Documents
    • Norton, F. (1952). 26 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.366, 367, 370, 374, 376, 379. AWMM
    • Ross, A. (1959). 23 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.434, 437. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.78 AWMM
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