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Michael John Fisken


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Michael John AWMM
  • Surname
    Fisken AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 47381 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    7 October 1917 AWMM GoreSouthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1941 AWMM C/o N.Z.R., Warepa AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs. M.E. Fisken, Knapdale R.D., Gore (m) AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 47381 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    18 October 1945 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Fisken, Michael John. (Ref. WO 373/14/299). Military Medal. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Sapper AWMM

Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

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  • L-Corporal M. J. Fisken, MM; Monowai, Southland; born Gore, 7 Oct 1917; NZR surfaceman; wounded 3 Aug 1944. (Source: Cody, J.F. NZ Engineers, Middle East. p.697.)

    'It was possible to make a close study of the bridge sites, for the enemy, perhaps to avoid the flame-throwers, was not holding the stopbanks. He wa no doubt depending on gun and mortar fire to break up an attack before it reached his FDLs. ‘E’ Assault Squadron ‘recce’ party reported that the only suitable place for an Ark bridge was just beyond the right boundary fo the barrage. A party from 8 Field company (Lieutenant Roy) blew the bank for the Squadron before the attack commenced, but enemy fire delayed the actual laying of the bridge long beyond the timetable set down.

    The reader will have noticed that the great proportion of decorations for gallantry under fire since the Senio crossing had been awarded to dozer operators. The Sillaro assault was to continue the trend. Sapper Fisken during the afternoon of the 15th was working on the approach from Massa Lombarda to a bridge site when he came under harassing fire, which continued throughout the afternoon and became heavier as he approached the river. Fisken never left his machine until the job was finished and later received an MM.' (Source: Cody, J.F. NZ Engineers, Middle East. p. 697.) AWMM
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About death

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Cody, J.F. (1961). New Zealand Engineers, Middle East. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.697. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 5 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1941 to 30 September, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.70 AWMM

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