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Robert John George Mack


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Robert John George AWMM
  • Surname
    Mack AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    8737 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    3 April 1917 AWMM New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Kingseat Mental Hospital, Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs C.C. Mack (wife) Box 1387, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    8737 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Hospital Orderly/Civilian AWMM
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  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Liberation date
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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

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  • WO II R. J. G. Mack, MM; Papakura; born NZ 3 Apr 1917; hospital orderly. (Source: Ross, A. 23 Battalion. p.110.)

    'Corporal Mack and Privates Harrisson, Baker and Hoggard kept their Vickers gun firing during this engagement. Later, this gun crew shammed death when their gun position was overrun in the dark and they withdrew to safety only when the Germans had withdrawn in the early hours of the morning. The mortars in the 8 Platoon position were too hot to move in the withdrawal but they and the machine gun were recovered next morning by a Bren-carrier patrol which reported that, in addition to the twenty enemy dead buried that morning by A Company, there were several fresh German graves in the advanced battlefield. A Company lost 3 killed, 2 wounded and 18 missing. The question of why the Germans had not followed up their success by a more determined attack on the Fort was discussed at the time. German documents have since provided the answer: the order to break off contact and return to the starting point arrived, having been issued at the direct command of General Rommel, who had reached Bardia and had decided on another operation.' (Source: Ross, A. 23 Battalion. pp. 110, 111.) AWMM
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About death

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  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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  • External links
  • 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 113 AWMM
    • Ross, A. (1959). 23 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.110, 111. AWMM
    • Kay, R. (1958). 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM

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