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Maurice Spring


Maurice Spring M.M.

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  • Title
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    Maurice AWMM
  • Surname
    Spring AWMM
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    WWII 484283 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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    4 February 1912 AWMM EketahunaManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
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    WW2 Pre 1943 AWMM Domett St., Waitara AWMM
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    WW2 Mrs. V.G. Spring, Domett St., Waitara (w) AWMM
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    Army AWMM
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    WWII 484283 AWMM
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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, 435.) AWMM
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    • Borman, C. (1954). Divisional Signals. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.434, 435. 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.182 AWMM


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