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Mervyn Wallace Cross

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Lt. Mervyn Cross NZ #32358 MM 1943

Lt. Mervyn Cross NZ #32358

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Mervyn Wallace AWMM
  • Surname
    Cross AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 32358 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    16 April 1917 AWMM BalcluthaOtago AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • WW2 Pre 1940-1941 AWMM Care of G. Blackwood, 65 Signal Hill Rd., Dunedin AWMM
    • WW2 Pre 1941 AWMM C/o G. Blackwood, 65 Signal Hill Road, Dunedin AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Mrs. O. Cross, Warepa (mother) AWMM
    • WW2 Mrs. O. Cross, Warepa (m) AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    24 September 1942 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Cross, Mervyn Wallace. (Ref. WO 373/21/313). Military Medal. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Farmer/Civilian AWMM
  • 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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  • Captain M. W. Cross, MM; Palmerston North; born Balclutha, 16 Apr 1917; farmer; patrol commander LRDG 1943–44; OC Recce Gp 20 Armd Regt 1944–45. (Source: Kay, R. 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion. p.185.)

    '‘During the covering shoot,’ says Cato, ‘the six guns [those supporting A, B, and C Companies] together were on a hundred yard front and … had the majority of the terrific enemy arty barrages. The men were great, keeping their guns going throughout the whole show.’ An attempt was made to get a section forward to C Company in two Bren carriers, but they were driven back and one carrier had a track blown off. The men and equipment returned undamaged. Later four guns were taken forward in three carriers and two trucks. Cross took his section to help A Company consolidate at Point 154. Major Dyer, CO 28 Battalion, reports that ‘Sergeant Cross of the machine gunners here behaved heroically, maintaining the defence and succouring the wounded during the day’' (Source: Kay, R. 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion. pp. 185-7.) AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    1 January 1966 Noel Smith Research Project
    Age 49 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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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • References
    • Kay, R. (1958). 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.185-7, 238-9, 243. AWMM
    • Pringle, D., & Glue, W. (1957). 20 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.447, 457-8, 468, 483-4, 496-9. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.107 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.83 AWMM
    • Nominal rolls - Embarkation rolls B-force 8th infantry brigade group [New Zealand Military Forces - "B" Force - Embarkation Roll]. Archives New Zealand, Wellington, AAYS 8638 AD1/1421 (R22440171) AWMM
    • This record was partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith (2020-2021). AWMM
    • Gillespie, O. (1952). The Pacific. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM

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