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Charles Richard Monaghan


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  • Forenames
    Charles Richard AWMM
  • Surname
    Monaghan AWMM
  • Ingoa
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  • Service number
    WWII 455652 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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    12 September 1922 AWMM MatauraSouthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
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  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1943 AWMM 18 Dover St., Mataura AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr. R. Monaghan, 18 Dover St., Mataura (f) AWMM
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    Army AWMM
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    WWII 455652 AWMM
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    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    18 October 1945 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Monaghan, Charles Richard. (Ref. WO 373/14/283). Military Medal. AWMM

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  • Lance Sergeant C. R. Monaghan, MM; Invercargill; born Mataura, 12 Sep 1922; farmhand. (Source: Kay, R. Italy Volume II : From Cassino to Trieste. p.510.)

    'An early start on 26 April, with the 23rd still in the van, saw B and C Companies breast up to the Adige River, the second largest in Italy. The roads were littered with abandoned German equipment; count of guns overrun was lost; the enemy's organised resistance in that part of Italy had ended. On the other hand, it was evident that the men of the 23rd were also feeling the strain. Thus, Major McArthur reported: ‘At this stage it was very noticeable that the men were suffering from lack of sleep’, while Sergeant Dawson noted in his private diary: ‘Another advance towards the Adige River in afternoon but everything seemed disorganised, as everyone appeared to be very tired and not worrying whether show went well or not’. Nevertheless, a C Company patrol under Corporal Charles Monaghan obtained the information required concerning the stopbanks and approaches to the river. When his patrol was grounded by accurate small-arms fire, Monaghan continued alone until he had learned what he wanted to know. Major Emery commented: ‘It was a good job of work well done’. General Freyberg decided that the NZ attack over the Adige that night should be done by 5 Brigade on the right and 6 Brigade on the left. Once the bridgehead was established, 9 Brigade was to pass through and take up the chase. In the 5 Brigade sector, 21 Battalion was to attack on the right and the 23rd on the left. H-hour was fixed for 8.30 p.m.' (Source: Kay, R. Italy Volume II : From Cassino to Trieste. p. 510.; Ross, A. 23 Battalion. p. 465.) AWMM
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  • References
    • Ross, A. (1959). 23 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.418, 445, 465. AWMM
    • Kay, R. (1967). Italy. Volume 2. From Cassino to Trieste. Dept. of Internal Affairs, Historical Publications Branch, Wellington, N.Z. AWMM
      p.510. 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.136 AWMM

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