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Allan McLennan


  • Title
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    Allan AWMM
  • Surname
    McLennan AWMM
  • Ingoa
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  • Service number
    WWII 10675 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    14 February 1917 AWMM BlenheimMarlborough AWMM
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  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1940 AWMM Springlands, Blenheim AWMM
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    WW2 Mr. W. McLennan, Springlands, Blenheim (father) AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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    Army AWMM
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    WWII 10675 AWMM
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  • Sergeant A. McLennan, MM; Seddon; born Blenheim, 14 Feb 1917; cordial maker; wounded 20 Apr 1943. (Source: Ross, A. 23 Battalion. p.244.)

    'Two Mark III, one Mark III Special and one Mark IV Special tanks were knocked out during the advance. The Staffordshire Yeomanry did not escape without casualties: Mark III tanks in hull-down positions gave the most trouble, but the German anti-tank gunners fought with great bravery, several of them being killed at their guns. Six Shermans were knocked out during the advance. Possibly this number would have been greater had not the 23rd carriers, under Lieutenant George Lawrence, used their great fire power to effect against anti-tank gunners and infantry. Thus, on one occasion, when a Sherman had difficulty in advancing without making itself a target to well-sited guns, Sergeant A. McLennan manoeuvred his section of carriers cleverly, knocked out the guns and secured the surrender of the German infantry. As Lawrence reported later: ‘Our fire power was murder, and we soon had the Germans coming towards us with hands raised’. Supporting tanks had never before given the 23rd such complete satisfaction as the Staffordshire Yeomanry gave on 26 March 1943. No praise was considered too high for them. A new bond, such as could never have been considered possible in the bad old days of Ruweisat Ridge, was forged between British armour and NZ infantry.' (Source: Ross, A. 23 Battalion. p. 244.) AWMM
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About death

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  • External links
  • References
    • Ross, A. (1959). 23 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.244. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.121 AWMM

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