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Thomas Henry Bevan

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Major Thomas Henry Bevan

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Thomas Henry AWMM
  • Surname
    Bevan AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Tom AWMM
  • Service number
    22913 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    27 May 1909 AWMM LondonEngland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM No. 1 Hoheira Road, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Bevan (wife), No. 1 Hoheira Road, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married 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, 21 September 1944. Citation: "On the night 3/4 September 1942, Major Bevan was attached to 132 Brigade Headquarters as Artillery Liaison for the 4th Regiment who were supporting the 132 Brigade in the attack on Munassib Depression. He moved forward with the Brigade HQ which followed closely behind the forward Companys. They were engaged heavily by mortar, MG and shell fire. Several vehicles of Brigade HQ were hit and set on fire and the whole scene was outlined causing the enemy fire to be directed on them in particular, inflicting heavy casualties and causing confusion. The Brigade Commander was seriously wounded and Major Bevan, disregarding his own personal safety was able to load a considerable number on to the wireless van accompanying him, at the same time calling for fire from the whole divisional artillery. Under this concentration he restored complete order and confidence in the men around him by his coolness and utter disregard of danger. He regrouped the remaining companys and Brigade HQ and withdrew behind the ridge overlooking the depression. He then found the senior Battalion Commander and handed over to him next morning. Due to his fearless action and devotion to duty he was responsible for saving the remaining vehicles and personnel of the Brigade HQ and by his initiative and cool behaviour was able to restore a situation which might have deteriorated rapidly and exposed the troops on his left and right and to make possible the holding of that portion of the captured enemy position for which the Brigade was responsible." AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Africa Star AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 with oak leaf AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
    • Efficiency Decoration (ED) AWMM
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Carpenter/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    Wounded 17 December 1942 AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Gloria.

    Major with 4 Field Regiment, North Africa, November 1941.

    With 7 (A/Tk) Regiment, 1942.

    Returned to NZ after being wounded at the end of 1942.

    5 Field Regiment, NZA, Association Patron. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    17 April 1984 AWMM
    Age 85 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waikaraka Cemetery, Onehunga, Auckland AWMM Area Mmala, Row E, Plot 014 AWMM
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