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Kelvin Lloyd Forrest Brown



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Kelvin Lloyd Forrest AWMM
  • Surname
    Brown AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    2585 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    22 November 1915 AWMM AWMM
    Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 27 September 1940 AWMM 94 Arney Road, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr L. Brown (father), 94 Arney Road, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      DSO: NZ Gazette, 1 February 1945. Citation: "On 27 May '44, the Regiment was under command 8 Indian Division and Major Brown's squadron (B) was ordered to support 6 RFF Rif (6/13 Royall Frontier Force Rifles) in an attack across the River Melfa and on to Monte Clavello 680320. The country towards the final objective was most difficult for tanks and shown on all going maps as impassable to all tracked vehicles. In spite of spandau fire and sniping by the enemy, Major Brown carried out personal reconnaissances on foot and guided his squadron onto the objective where they were able to support the Infantry in consolidation. Again on the following day when his Squadron was supporting an attack with the same Infantry Regiment on to Monte Favone 693331 the infantry came against a stubborn enemy entrenched in very strong positions on the hillside and were prevented by heavy fire from spandaus and 20mm guns from getting forward. Owing to extremely difficult doing [sic] the tanks were unable to get at the enemy. Major Brown against personally recc'eed on foot and in very close proximity to enemy MMG's and found a route, up which he led a troop of his tanks to a position where they could bring fire to bear. From then on, Major Brown personally directed the fire of the tanks and when the direct fire onto the enemy trenches was not effective, he ordered the tanks to fire into the trees above, thereby getting effective air-bursting which drove the enemy, estimated at Company strength, off, leaving five dead, one wounded two 20mm guns and one .5 mobile MG. The objective was then secured for the infantry." AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Africa Star (8th Army clasp) AWMM
    • Italy Star AWMM
    • Defence Medal AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 with oak leaf AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
    • Coronation Medal 1953 AWMM
    • Efficiency Decoration (ED) AWMM
    • Military Cross (Greece) AWMM
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 27 September 1940 AWMM Salesman/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    21 May 1941 AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    WW2 21 May 1941 AWMM
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Biographical information

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  • Transferred to Reserve of Officers (R of O), 27 March 1945.

    Transferred to 1 Armoured Regiment, then to 1 Div Regiment, 1 December 1948.

    Commanding Officer (CO), 20 April 1950.

    Aide-de-camp (ADC) to Governor General, 1952-54.

    Retired 1 May 1957. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    28 May 2004 New Zealand Herald
    Age 88 AWMM
    CambridgeWaikato New Zealand Herald
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • Polaschek, A. (1983). The Complete New Zealand Distinguished Conduct Medal. Christchurch, N.Z.: Medals Research. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 1: WW2 26 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      29 May 2004 AWMM
    • Dawson, W. (1961). 18 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM

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