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Mervyn William Curtis


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Mervyn William AWMM
  • Surname
    Curtis AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    9660 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    18 October 1917 AWMM GreymouthGrey District AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Preston Road, Greymouth, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr W.L. Curtis (father), Preston Road, Greymouth, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    30 December 1941 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Curtis, Mervyn William. (Ref. WO 373/27/491). Military Medal. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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Biographical information

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  • Staff Sergeant M. W. Curtis, MM; Greymouth; born Greymouth, 18 Oct 1917; motor mechanic. (Source: Davin, D.M. Crete. p.64.)

    'To the troops on the ground without access to high-level intelligence reports the signs of invasion impending were becoming plain. Suda Bay was being bombed heavily and daily—the real cause of the lateness or non-arrival of promised materials. And on the evening of 13 May Maleme itself got its first serious battering. On 15 May there was another exceptionally heavy attack in which Private M. W. Curtis rescued the pilot of a shot-down Gladiator while it was under fire—a deed which won him the admiration of all who saw it and for which he was later awarded the MM. S-Sergeant M. W. Curtis, MM; Greymouth; born Greymouth, 18 Oct 1917; motor mechanic.; 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion - From the 13th onwards the Maleme sector was blitzed daily, sometimes for hours on end. During an exceptionally heavy raid on the 15th an RAF Gladiator, shot down near the airfield, crashed and turned over on the beach in front of a machine-gun pit. While enemy fighters tried to set fire to the plane with incendiary bullets, Lance-Corporal Smith and Private Curtis left the gunpit, ran forward to free the trapped pilot, and took him to safety. Smith was killed a few days later, but Curtis was subsequently awarded the MM.' (Source: Davin, D.M. Crete. p. 64.; Kay, R. 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion. p. 93.) AWMM
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About death

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  • External links
  • 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 45 AWMM
    • Davin, D. (1953). Crete. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.64. AWMM
    • Kay, R. (1958). 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.93. AWMM
    • L.R.D.G. Membership Roll February 1970. Long Range Desert Group (N.Z. Association). Auckland Museum EPH-W2-11-27. AWMM
    • O'Carroll, B. (2000). The Kiwi scorpions : the story of the New Zealanders in the Long Range Desert Group. Devon, England: Token Publishing. AWMM
    • Kay, R. (1958). 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
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