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John Percival Bruning

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Percival AWMM
  • Surname
    Bruning AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    4449 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    17 January 1913 AWMM WestportBuller District AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 75 Brougham Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs C.T. Bruning (mother), Post Office, Westport, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    4449 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    30 December 1941 AWMM
    'Driver Bruning was in charge of an anti-aircraft and light machine gun and did constant good work throughout both the campaigns in GREECE and CRETE. He showed great courage and coolness at all times and set a very fine example to all who were associated with him. He acquired a German Maxim machine gun which he used to great advantage, especially during the time when the enemy broke through 18 NZ Battalion’s lines in Crete on 25 May 1941. With this gun he also did excellent work when with a reconnaissance patrol of fifteen men which was engaged with the enemy for about an hour largely covering their withdrawal from what had become a terrible position. Together with light machine-gunners from other platoons he was also associated with the shooting down of two enemy aircraft, an Me-109 and a Heinkel bomber.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Bruning, John Percival. (Ref. WO 373/27/501). Military Medal. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Factory hand/Civilian AWMM
    AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2
      Crete, Greece List of 2NZEF POW (MS 2009/8)
    • WW2 POW - Stalag VIII-B (later 344), Lamsdorf, 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 23587 AWMM

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Sergeant J. P. Bruning, MM; Westport; born Westport, 17 Jan 1913; factory hand; p.w. 1 Jun 1941. (Source: Henderson, J. 4th and 6th Reserve Mechanical Transport Companies. p.55.)

    'Another swarm of fighters and bombers droned high over the snowy Olympus range and made for Larisa, the sun glinting on their wings and bodies and sending shadows skimming like nightmarish fish along the fields below. A few Hurricanes rose in brief defiance before the aerodrome and its anti-aircraft defences rocked under the impact of high explosives. Soon black and yellow plumes of smoke mingled above unfortunate Larisa, doubly devastated by a recent earthquake and a subsequent raid by the Italian Air Force. Then from the armada came fighters to strafe streets, roads, and countryside and any signs of movement. The RMT area at Nikaia did not escape. Drivers Snell, Frayling, and Bruning turned their Bren guns on a low-flying fighter, and as if angered, it turned, attacking again at tree-top level. Enraged, ‘Battler’ Charlie Snell, a boxer in civilian life, kept blazing away, thumping his chest between bursts and shouting, ‘I'm Battler Snell, you bastard!’ The fire may have brought down the plane, which was found later in the vicinity.' (Source: Henderson, J. 4th and 6th Reserve Mechanical Transport Companies. p. 55.) AWMM
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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

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Sources

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    • 'The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of distinguished services in the Middle East (including Egypt, East Africa, The Western Desert, The Sudan, Greece, Crete, Syria and Tobruk) during the period February 1941 to July 1941.' (London Gazette, 30 December 1941, p.7339.). Military Medal.
      http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/35396/pages/7339
      Further Reference
    • 'Driver Bruning was in charge of an anti-aircraft and light machine gun and did constant good work throughout both the campaigns in GREECE and CRETE. He showed great courage and coolness at all times and set a very fine example to all who were associated with him. He acquired a German Maxim machine gun which he used to great advantage, especially during the time when the enemy broke through 18 NZ Battalion’s lines in Crete on 25 May 1941. With this gun he also did excellent work when with a reconnaissance patrol of fifteen men which was engaged with the enemy for about an hour largely covering their withdrawal from what had become a terrible position. Together with light machine-gunners from other platoons he was also associated with the shooting down of two enemy aircraft, an Me-109 and a Heinkel bomber.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Bruning, John Percival. (Ref. WO 373/27/501). Military Medal.
      http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D7363011
      Further Reference
  • Documents
    • 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
    • Henderson, J. (1954). RMT: official history of the 4th and 6th Reserve Mechanical Transport Companies. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs. AWMM
      pp.55, 81, 241. 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
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