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John Molyneux Browne

Letter published in the Katipo, 23rd August 1940. Image kindly provided by John Holms (April 2021).

Letter published in the Katipo, 23rd August 1940. Image kindly provided by John Holms (April 2021).

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Molyneux AWMM
  • Surname
    Browne AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    John Molineux AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 4583 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    23 April 1910 AWMM South AfricaAfrica AWMM
  • Date of birth
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  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM 22 Roy Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
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    Mr G.M. Browne (father), Bevan Street, Featherston, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
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    Army AWMM
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    WWII 4583 AWMM
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    WW2 Unknown AWMM Radio Mechanic/Civilian AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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    Crete, Greece List of 2NZEF POW (MS 2009/8)
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  • From Western Desert Force, in Divisional Signals. "The first wireless task of any importance fell to A Section when a detachment manned by Signalmen Riseborough,1 Moran2 and Browne3 accompanied Lieutenant-General R. N. O'Connor, Commander of Western Desert Force, on an extensive reconnaissance of the forward areas, during which they covered 400 miles of desert in nine days. In the neighbourhood of Buqbuq, near the Libyan frontier, the small party was attacked by three Italian planes; this so incensed Browne that he leaped from the truck and fired three shots with his rifle, an action which he claimed was the first by a New Zealander against the enemy in Africa." p.47 AWMM
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  • Although I never met you I have read letters you wrote of your travels and they seem like it must have been a world apart for you from Levin. We have not forgotten you and your service.
    Public - Amanda-Jane - Direct descendant - 8 June 2016



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  • External links
    'Divisional Signals' C.A. Borman, Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War, New Zealand Electronic Text Collection
    Further Reference
  • References
    • 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 27 AWMM
    • List of 2NZEF Prisoners of War. 1941-1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2009/8. AWMM
    • Borman, C. (1954). Divisional Signals. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
13 March 2018Helen MaryTuakau New ZealandChild
08 June 2016Amanda-Jane Auckland, New ZealandDirect descendant

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