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Lawrie Nelson Parris



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Lawrie Nelson AWMM
  • Surname
    Parris AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 22697 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    15 December 1915 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1940 AWMM Care of K.C.S., Putaruru AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs. O. Parris, care of F.G. Miles, Te Aroha (wife) AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Grocer/Civilian AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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  • Sergeant L. N. Parris, MM; born Auckland, 15 Dec 1915; grocer; three times wounded. (Source: Cody, J.F. 21 Battalion. p.256.)

    '11 and 12 Platoons attacked from the road across a flat approximately 100 yards wide and to the left of a ridge running from enemy territory down to the road. We were heavily fired on by mostly small arms and some light mortars, although 12 Platoon casualties were actually light until we reached the hill and then we were attacked with grenades. I think we more than held our own in the close fighting and we took the ridge. After a quick check up I discovered that Mr Donaldson and all the other 12 Platoon NCO's had been wounded. The only contact I could make with 11 Platoon were two privates who informed me that their platoon was badly knocked about and a quick move over to their area convinced me of this.

    Parris's account is something of an understatement. The two platoons had in reality captured a portion of the brigade objective, but there were only Parris and four men left to hold it. They occupied an enemy weapon pit, but later went back to the road when a counter-attack in force appeared imminent. The platoon lost 13 killed and nine wounded and missing. ' (Source: Cody, J.F. 21 Battalion. p. 256.; Stevens, W.G. Bardia to Enfidaville. p. 322.) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    8 April 1978 21Bn Assoc. Inc. Records. MS-2008-42.
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  • External links
  • References
    • 21 Battalion (Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45) AWMM
      p.256. AWMM
    • Stevens, W.G. (1962). Bardia to Enfidaville. Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch, Wellington, N.Z. AWMM
      p.322. 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.145 AWMM
    • Veterans' club : the comradeship and memories of Auckland's 21st infantry battalion. Auckland War Memorial Museum : Auckland. Accompanies exhibition held in the Pictorial Gallery, second floor, Auckland War Memorial Museum, 24 March-21 May 2006. AWMM
    • 21 New Zealand Infantry Battalion Association Inc. Records, 1955 - 2005. Auckland War Memorial Museum. MS-2008-42. AWMM

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