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Samuel Mitchell Frederick Martin

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Samuel Mitchell Fredrick Martin

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Samuel Mitchell Frederick AWMM
  • Surname
    Martin AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 72563 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    20 June 1918 AWMM ThamesCoromandel District AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1943 AWMM Hill St., Thames AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs. R.M. Martin, 40 Grove St., St. Kilda, Dunedin (w) AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1943 AWMM Married/WWII AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
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  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 72563 AWMM
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Cross (MC) AWMM
    20 July 1944 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Martin, Samuel Mitchell Frederick. (Ref. WO 373/23/348). Military Cross. AWMM

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capt S. M. F. Martin, MC; Newcastle; born Thames, 20 Jun 1918; mining student. (Source: Cody, J.F. 28 Maori Battalion. p.360.)

    'The two dozers that had crossed the Little Rapido and damaged the bridge in doing so were working on Demolitions 8 and 9 by 1 a.m., and an hour later the Maoris had cleared the railway station but not the Hummock nor the group of houses situated on either flank of their objective; and the first dozer had got up to Demolition 10. The minelifting party was sheltering in this demolition while Lieutenant Martin worked his way and marked a track through the belt of wire and booby traps to the uninspected Demolition 11. On his way back he noticed a group of Maoris stranded in a field of mines and took time off to clear a way out for them. He was awarded an MC for his coolness and devotion to duty.' (Source: Cody, J.F. New Zealand Engineers, Middle East. p. 544.) AWMM
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    Public - Aileen - Other relative - 22 April 2018



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  • External links
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 11 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1943 to 30th June, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.88 AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.360. AWMM
    • Cody, J.F. (1961). New Zealand Engineers, Middle East. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.482, 543, 544. AWMM
    • Ross, A. (1959). 23 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.185, 186, 190, 198, 206, 218, 245, 254, 265, 269, 270, 280, 329, 343, 360, 433, 437, 443, 448, 457, 458, 460, 461, 462, 463, 477, 478. AWMM


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