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Milton Coster

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Cemetery Headstone

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Milton AWMM
  • Surname
    Coster AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    36303 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    17 July 1916 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Unknown AWMM C/o H. Valentine, Fairholme Flats, Hazel Avenue, Mt Roskill, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM C/o H. Valentine, Fairholme Flats, Hazel Avenue, Mt Roskill, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs A. Coster (mother), Beach Road, Papakura, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs A. Coster (mother), Beach Road, Papakura, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    36303 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    25 November 1943 AWMM
    'On the night of 19-20 April 1943 Driver Coster was driving an ambulance attached 24 NZ Battalion. During this night and the following days he made many trips from the Regimental Aid Post to the Advanced Dressing Station carrying wounded. For four days, every trip he made from the region of TAKROUNA, Tunisia, was under enemy observation and each time he was shelled. Although wounded in the left arm and without sleep for several nights he continued to evacuate the wounded of two battalions and by his devotion to duty, reliability and calmness he was responsible for bringing many wounded to safety. His work in this and previous engagements has always been of the highest order and his steadiness has been an inspiration to those in contact with him.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Coster, Milton. (Ref. WO 373/26/506). Military Medal. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    Corporal N Z A S C Public - Ross - Other relative - 1 June 2019 - Cemetery Headstone Record

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Brother of Frank, Ena, Elwyn, Ronnie, Jo and Iris AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Death
    25 August 2005 AWMM
    Age 89 AWMM
    PapakuraAuckland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
    Papakura South Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand Public - Ross - Other relative - 11 January 2019 - Cemetery Records
  • Grave reference
    Gatland Road R S A Lawn, Row A, Plot 014 Public - Ross - Other relative - 11 January 2019 - Cemetery Records
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
    • 'The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East.' (London Gazette, 25 November 1943, p.5175.). Military Medal.
      http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/36261/pages/5175
      Further Reference
    • 'On the night of 19-20 April 1943 Driver Coster was driving an ambulance attached 24 NZ Battalion. During this night and the following days he made many trips from the Regimental Aid Post to the Advanced Dressing Station carrying wounded. For four days, every trip he made from the region of TAKROUNA, Tunisia, was under enemy observation and each time he was shelled. Although wounded in the left arm and without sleep for several nights he continued to evacuate the wounded of two battalions and by his devotion to duty, reliability and calmness he was responsible for bringing many wounded to safety. His work in this and previous engagements has always been of the highest order and his steadiness has been an inspiration to those in contact with him.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Coster, Milton. (Ref. WO 373/26/506). Military Medal.
      http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D7362479
      Further Reference
  • Documents
    • 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 100 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 5 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1941 to 30 September, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 5: WW2 49 AWMM

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01 June 2019RossBullsOther relative
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