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Michael Kempthorne Hanan

Portrait, Michael Kempthorne Hanan - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Michael Kempthorne Hanan - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Michael Kempthorne AWMM
  • Surname
    Hanan AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Mike AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 8771 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    24 March 1917 AWMM MorrinsvilleWaikato AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 4 October 1939 AWMM Omahu, Thames, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr F.A. Hanan (father), Omahu, Thames, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 4 January 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Greece AWMM
    • 1941 Crete AWMM
    • Italy AWMM
    • Libya AWMM
    • Minqar Qaim AWMM
    • El Alamein AWMM
    • Tripoli AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 8771 AWMM
  • Military service
    School cadets AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Burnham Military Camp 3 months training AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 4 October 1939 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    Farmer/Civilian AWMM
    PaeroaHauraki District AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    WW2 POW - Bardia, Bardia, Libya AWMM
    Sidi Azeiz, Libya AWMM
    29 November 1941 AWMM
    Overrun by Rommel's 15 Panzer Division AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    WW2 3 January 1942 AWMM
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    Wounded at Orsogna AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Ailsa Isabell Woolven (W3328) who also served in World War II

    Family note he was also awarded a Greek medal.

    An Olive Tree (Olea europaea) planted close to the Auckland War Memorial Museum in the grounds of the Auckland Domain commemorates those who fought on Crete. The plaque at the base of the tree reads: This Olive Tree was presented to the New Zealand Veterans of the Battle for Crete by the people of Galatos in Crete in respect and the esteem of the bond formed during and after the Battle of Crete May 1941. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    2002 AWMM
  • 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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  • Memorial name

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  • Dear Dad. Thank you to you and your men for the sacrifice you made to help bring peace. Love Jill
    Public - Jill - Child - 25 April 2021
  • Miss you Micka ..and now appreciate the sacrifices you made even more x
    Public - Kym - Direct descendant - 25 April 2018



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  • External links
    Births, Deaths and Marriages (New Zealand) Historical Records online
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Kay, R. (1958). 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      Correspondence with family 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 74 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
20 March 2022RichardTe Awamutu New ZealandResearcher
25 April 2021JillKATIKATIChild
25 April 2018KymPelican watersDirect descendant

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