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Noel Laurence McKnight


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Noel Laurence AWMM
  • Surname
    McKnight AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 61580 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    22 December 1912 AWMM InvercargillSouthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1941 AWMM 18 Collingwood St., Invercargill AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs. N.L. McKnight, 18 Collingwood St., Invercargill (w) AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 61580 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    19 August 1943 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for McKnight, Noel Laurence. (Ref. WO 373/25/727). Military Medal. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Liberation date
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Medical history

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Sergeant N. L. McKnight, MM, m.i.d.; Invercargill; born Invercargill, 22 Dec 1912; contractor; twice wounded. (Source: Murphy, W.E. 2nd NZ Divisional Artillery. p.624.)

    'The right section of A Troop M10s was deployed in San Casciano on the 29th and D Troop was also forward, but with three of its four M10s temporarily out of action. In San Michele the 6-pounder J3 of 33 Battery was stationed outside the church, having followed the infantry along a narrow and winding road in the pitch dark. German infantry, working their way back through the buildings of this vital hilltop village, made the position very hot and an SP gun out of sight of the anti-tankers shelled the company headquarters. In the end Sergeant McKnight, who stopped a bullet in the shoulder, had to disable his gun and join the surviving infantry at the last possible moment.' (Source: Murphy, W.E. 2nd NZ Divisional Artillery. p. 624.) AWMM
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About death

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  • External links
  • References
    • Murphy, W. (1966). 2nd New Zealand Divisional Artillery. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.624. 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.136 AWMM

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