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Maurice Ernest French

Group, WW2, 3 soldiers, Maurice French (centre) on top of the Pyramid at Giza, soldier in uniform with turban, soldier in white( shorts) and in background soldier and a woman (photo provided by Maurice French) - This image may be subject to copyright

Group, WW2, 3 soldiers, Maurice French (centre) on top of the Pyramid at Giza, soldier in uniform wi …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Maurice Ernest AWMM
  • Surname
    French AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Snow AWMM
  • Service number
    36248 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    9 November 1918 AWMM HamiltonWaikato AWMM
    Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 9 November 1939 AWMM 24 Paterson Street, Sandringham, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Ella Sarah French (mother), 24 Paterson Street, Sandringham, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1 February 1941 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Western Desert AWMM
    • Minqar Qaim AWMM
    • El Alamein AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    36248 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • Trentham AWMM
    • Palmerston North AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 9 November 1939 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    Farm hand/Civilian AWMM
    MorrinsvilleWaikato AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2 POW - P.G. 42 Italy AWMM
      Ruweisat Ridge, Egypt AWMM
      May 1942-Jun 1942 AWMM
      Front line soldier AWMM
    • WW2 POW - P.G. 59 Italy AWMM
      El Alamein, Western Desert AWMM
    • WW2 POW - P.G. in Bay of Venice AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Stalag VII-A Moosburg (Isar), Germany AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Stalag IVB Muhlberg, Germany AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Stalag Esdenmein AWMM
    • WW2
      16 July 1942 AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Stalag VII-A Moosburg (Isar), Germany 2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
      Germany, Europe 2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number
    WWII 131425 AWMM

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Prolapsed invertebral disc AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Hammer toes (2 and 3 on left foot) AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Sensory neural deafness AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Admitted to NZ General Hospital at Sweet Water Canal Egypt AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Irene, father of Lynda, Leonie, Marion and Jillian.

    Mr French was free for 7 months before being recaptured and spent another year as a POW in German camps. He eventually arrived back in England in March 1945

    Cenotaph record initially prepared with the serviceman in 1999 AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Kay, R. (1958). 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      Cenotaph data entry form AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 3: WW2 161 AWMM
    • List of 2NZEF Prisoners of War. 1941-1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2009/8. AWMM
    • Great Britain Army. (1945). Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. London, U.K.: Government Printer. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
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