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John Joseph Lewis Strathern

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Joseph Lewis AWMM
  • Surname
    Strathern AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 457122 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
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Civilian life

About birth

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    8 July 1923 AWMM InvercargillSouthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1944 AWMM 50 Filleul St., Invercargill AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs. E. Strathern, 29 Stirling St., Invercargill (m) AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 457122 AWMM
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    18 October 1945 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Strathern, John Joseph Lewis. (Ref. WO 373/14/309). Military Medal. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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    WW2 Private AWMM

Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Private J. J. L. Strathern, MM, m.i.d.; Timaru; born Invercargill, 8 Jul 1923; apprentice jockey; wounded 20 Apr 1945. (Source: Ross, A. 23 Battalion. p.460.)

    'The advance did not begin earlier as the bomb-line had been reached. Once it did begin, with the 23rd again in the van of 5 Brigade, B and C Companies moved so speedily that some bridges and canal crossings were captured intact, although they had demolition charges fixed ready for firing. The advance was not entirely unopposed: one Maori company had four tanks knocked out while B Company of the 23rd had one tank ‘brewed up’ as the result of a direct hit. When 10 Platoon was held up about this time, Private J. J. L. Strathern rushed forward and, single-handed, captured four Germans who had been manning a Spandau post and had succeeded in wounding a comrade. Later in the day, Strathern successfully directed the fire of a 17-pounder Sherman against a camouflaged enemy tank which was threatening to hold up the advance. C Company met less opposition. Its advance was halted by the Brigadier, who insisted that the flanks had to be tidied up. On this day the battalion took 59 prisoners for the loss of 1 killed and 2 wounded. Private J. J. L. Strathern, MM, m.i.d.; Timaru; born Invercargill, 8 Jul 1923; apprentice jockey; wounded 20 Apr 1945.' (Source: Ross, A. 23 Battalion. pp. 460.) AWMM
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Death

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Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Ross, A. (1959). 23 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.452, 460. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 13 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1944 to 31st March, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.120 AWMM
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