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Robert Ewan Miln

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Robert Ewan AWMM
  • Surname
    Miln AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Milne AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 25290 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    28 October 1918 AWMM Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • WW2 Pre 1940-1941 AWMM Castlecraig, Te Kuiti AWMM
    • WW2 Pre 1941 AWMM Castlecraig, Te Kuiti AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Mr. R. Miln, Castlecraig, Te Kuiti (father) AWMM
    • WW2 Mr. R. Miln, Castlecraig, Te Kuiti (f) AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
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  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 25290 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    3 August 1944 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Miln, Robert Ewan. (Ref. WO 373/7/139). Military Medal. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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  • Enlistment
    WW2 Farmer/Civilian AWMM
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  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • 'These sustained efforts to get this line through to the Maoris were vitally important because of the difficulties being experienced at the time with wireless communications. Of the sets with the battalion, including the No. 22 terminal set working back to Headquarters 5 Brigade, those that had not been damaged in the fighting were being operated from cellars and other cover in an area subjected to some of the fiercest fire ever experienced by the brigade, with the result that there was insufficient head room for their vertical rod aerials. This caused the sets' signal strengths to fall off to a level which would have been barely sufficient to provide a stable circuit even under the most favourable conditions. In an attempt to help improve wireless working conditions in the battalion area, Brennan went forward again into Cassino, where he supervised the operation of some of the sets. Altogether he made three trips into the town by day and three by night, on each occasion along a route raked by heavy fire.

    For these hardy though ineffectual attempts to carry line communication to the Maoris, and for Brennan's efforts to improve wireless communications, three immediate awards for gallantry were made, Brennan receiving the MC and Signalmen Miln and spring the MM.
    ' (Source: Borman, C.A. Divisional Signals. pp. 434-5.) AWMM
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Death

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  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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Sources

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  • Documents
    • Borman, C. (1954). Divisional Signals. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.434-5. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.330 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.247 AWMM
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