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Thorne Merven May

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Thorne Merven AWMM
  • Surname
    May AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    QX13707 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    15 June 1907 AWMM OnehungaAuckland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 1 July 1940 AWMM 264 Cribb Parade, Cribb Island, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Alice may, 264 Cribb Parade, Cribb Island, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 2 February 1941 AWMM Married AWMM
    Married, 4 children AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Far East (Air) AWMM
    • 1948-1960 AWMM
      The Malayan Emergency AWMM
      The Malayan Emergency (1948-1960) After the defeat of the Japanese in WWII, a new problem emerged for Malaya. In 1948 Chinese guerrilla fighters (who had been armed and air supplied by the British during the war) emerged from the jungle and under Chin Peng, began their terror campaign to take over the country by force. Thus an intense jungle war began, fought by the British, British Commonwealth and Malay forces against the Malayan Communist Party. The Australian Government of the day, along with many others in the Western bloc, was apprehensive about the spread of international communism. Initially there was not much coordination between security forces until Lt.-Gen.Sir Harold Briggs was appointed as Director of Operations in 1949. His war executive committees (including Sir Henry Gurney) coordinated emergency operations, and created 500 new villages for Malayan citizens who lived in remote areas beyond government protection. These citizens had lived in constant fear that the Communists would appear and force them to supply food and money. Travelling was dangerous as a Communist ambush could lurk behind any roadside bush. So, by depriving the insurgents of their crucial sources of supplies and information, the Communists began to attack the new settlements. But the security forces were now fighting on their own ground, and proved to be too strong for the Communists. These forces were able to concentrate on jungle operations, thereby destroying the Communists and their camps. This was the longest continuous military commitment in Australia's history. It was to be the only war the West had won against Communism. The Emergency lasted for twelve years, ending in 1960. Australia suffered 15 killed and 27 wounded in action. From http://www.raafschoolpenang.com/malaysia.htm AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    QX13707 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Jul 1940 AWMM
    Age 33 AWMM
    Boat proprietor/Civilian AWMM
    AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2
      Singapore, Southeast Asia AWMM
      14 February 1942 AWMM
      Captured in Singapore AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Burma Thai Railway Camps, Burma, Indonesia AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    WW2 5 September 1945 AWMM
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 5 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Grey AWMM
    • Distinguishing marks, Unknown Period AWMM
      scar on right hip AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Beriberi, malaria, pellagra, leg ulcers, cholera, treated whilst a POW AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Lung cancer AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Walter and Catherine (nee Webb) May

    His elder brother Kenneth Glenroy May (4/1820) served in WW1

    Husband of Alice Ruth Tranberg. Migrated to Australia in 1933

    Suffered greatly as a POW and on liberation had to spend 12 months in hospital recuperating

    Biographical account on file AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Death
    15 December 1980 AWMM
    Age 73 AWMM
    BrisbaneQueensland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Pinnaroo Cemetery, Bridgeman Downs, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: Courier Mail (Brisbane) AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Australian War Memorial holds Japanese dog tag, identity bracelet and engraved box AWMM
    • Courier Mail (Brisbane) AWMM
      Death Notice: Courier Mail (Brisbane) AWMM

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