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Ernest Harry Graves


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ernest Harry AWMM
  • Surname
    Graves AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 409779 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    15 August 1917 AWMM NelsonTasman AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1943 AWMM 1A Apuka St., Brooklyn, Wellington AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs. V.C. McPherson, 41 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, Wellington (m) 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 409779 AWMM
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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  • Enlistment
    WW2 Seaman AWMM
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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Private AWMM

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  • 2 Lieutenant E. H. Graves, MM; Lower Hutt; born Nelson, 15 Aug 1917; seaman. (Source: Puttick, E. 25 Battalion. p.408.)

    'By daylight on the 17th D Company had moved through Cassino and occupied positions in the convent and in an adjoining ruined church, the two large connected buildings on Route 6. From there it was to give covering fire in support of the attack of 26 Battalion later in the day. In 18 Platoon Private Graves did some excellent work. On his platoon commander being wounded Graves took command of the platoon, together with men of another platoon, and organised the position; he also arranged for stretcher-bearers and a place for the wounded. A little later, on the arrival in a tank of Lieutenant-Colonel Richards, the commander of 26 Battalion, Graves explained the situation to him and assisted the Colonel by carrying messages to the tank outside the building, though a Spandau was trained on the door. That night he also helped 26 Battalion with its wounded. He was awarded the Military Medal.' (Source: Puttick, E. 25 Battalion. p. 408.) AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • Puttick, E. (1960). 25 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.408. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.74 AWMM

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