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Mervyn Horace Blackford

Trooper M.H Blackford

Trooper M.H Blackford

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Mervyn Horace AWMM
  • Surname
    Blackford AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 80561 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    30 June 1917 Public Source
  • Date of birth
    30th June 1917 Public - Clint - Other relative - 25 August 2016 - Military Personnel Files.
  • Place of birth
    Eltham, Taranaki Public - Clint - Other relative - 25 August 2016 - Military Personnel Files.
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 No. 2 R.D., Te Aroha AWMM
  • Post war occupation
    Farmer Public - Clint - Other relative - 25 August 2016 - Family sources.
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs. E.M. Blackford(mother), No. 2 R.D., Te Aroha AWMM
  • Relationship status
    1943 AWMM Single/WWII AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Italy Public - Clint - Other relative - 25 August 2016 - Military Personnel File
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 80561 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers
    18th Armoured Regiment. Public - Clint - Other relative - 25 August 2016 - Military Personnel File

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Italy Star

    1939-45 Star

    War Medal 1939-45

    NZ War Service Medal Public - Clint - Other relative - 25 August 2016 - Military Personnel File

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown 2NZEF Nom Roll 11 Farm hand/Civilian 2NZEF Nom Roll 11
    PaeroaHauraki District 2NZEF Nom Roll 11
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment
    23 years old Public - Clint - Other relative - 25 August 2016 - Military Personnel File

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    Trooper Public - Clint - Other relative - 25 August 2016 - Military Personnel File

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Mervyn Blackford was born on the 30th of June 1917 to Horace and Elsie Blackford. Before enlistment he was working as a Farm Assistant to his father in Te Aroha.

    On the 22nd of November 1940 he enlisted in Paeroa and selected his preferred military corps as the Mounted Rifles. He completed his basic training and was posted to the 1st Battalion of the Army Tank Brigade stationed in Waiouru to learn about armoured warfare.

    In May 1943 he embarked for overseas from Wellington with the 9th Reinforcements on the troop ship 'Dominion Monarch'. In June he disembarked in Egypt and was taken on strength with the 18th Armoured Regiment.

    The 18th Armoured Regiment arrived in Taranto, Italy on the 18th of October 1943 and he fought with the Regiment through the entire Italian Campaign till the end of the war in 1945.

    He arrived back in Wellington, New Zealand on the 13th of January 1946 and was discharged from the Army on the 29th of March 1946. Public - Clint - Other relative - 25 August 2016 - Military Personnel Records.
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Death

About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
    21/01/1993 Public - Clint - Other relative - 25 August 2016 - Family papers.
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
    Waikato Hospital, Hamilton. Public - Clint - Other relative - 25 August 2016 - Family papers.
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
    RSA Section, Hamilton Park Lawn Cemetery, Hamilton. Public - Clint - Other relative - 25 August 2016 - Family papers.
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  • Obituary
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  • Memorial reference

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Sources

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  • References
    Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 11 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1943 to 30th June, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
    p.14 AWMM

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07 November 2016ClintManawatu, New ZealandDirect descendant

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