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Denzil Eric Craw


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Denzil Eric AWMM
  • Surname
    Craw AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 460096 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    24 April 1917 AWMM Palmerston NorthManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1944 AWMM Linton AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs. A.E. Craw, Linton (w) AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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  • War
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  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 460096 AWMM
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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Trooper AWMM

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  • Trooper D. E. Craw, MM; Palmerston North; born Palmerston North, 24 Apr 1917; sharemilker; wounded 19 Apr 1945. (Source: Loughnan, R.J.M. Divisional Cavalry. p.406.)

    'The advance still continued, steadily and without remorse, though after midnight a ground mist began to develop which, combined with dust and smoke, so reduced visibility that direction could be maintained only by using compasses. Despite the cover this mist now provided for the attackers, the paratroopers fought back fanatically to deny every yard of ground and, in particular, the crossing of the immediate objective, the Quaderna Canal. But the attackers too, flushed with the success of their advance, were to be denied nothing. When they reached the canal, Trooper Craw was one of the first. He went straight across at the head of his section, firing his Bren from the hip, and this laid the pattern of behaviour for the others. In doing it, Craw suffered a bad wound in the thigh, but he led his men on until they had cleared two posts and caused the occupants of others to surrender. By the time this was done, though he was weak from loss of blood, he insisted on remaining forward until the section was dug in. Finally he had to be ordered back.' (Source: Loughnan, R.J.M. Divisional Cavalry. p. 406.) AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • Loughnan, R. (1963). Divisional Cavalry. 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. 14 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1944 to 31st December, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.23 AWMM

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