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Athol Bernard Harry Naughton

Gravestone at Papatoetoe Cemetery provided by Sarndra Lees April 2013 - This image may be subject to copyright
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Athol Bernard Harry AWMM
  • Surname
    Naughton AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    3140 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    21 September 1910 AWMM Australia AWMM
    Australia AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 34 Anzac Road, Whangarei, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Naughton (wife), 34 Anzac Road, Whangarei, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    24 September 1942 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Naughton, Athol Bernard Harry. (Ref. WO 373/21/311). Military Medal. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Truck Driver AWMM
    PaparoaNorthland AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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Biographical information

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  • Maj A. B. H. Naughton, MM; Auckland; born Aust., 21 Sep 1910; truck driver; wounded 27 Jun 1942. (Source: Dawson, W.D. 18 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. p.264.)

    'On 28 June a few of the missing vehicles turned up again, and on the 29th, to everyone's wonder and delight, more of them straggled in, some singly, some in small groups mixed up with assorted vehicles from other units. Several had broken down after the Minqar Qaim stampede, some with German metal in vital parts, some merely with the stress of speed across ground not built for fast driving; others had kept going, but had lost the column, and had in most cases banded together for company with any other trucks in sight at dawn on the 28th. There were men, too, who came back to the unit on foot on the 29th—men who had jumped off their trucks and had afterwards climbed on to those of some other unit, men whose trucks had been hit or had ‘conked out’ and who had found their way back by scrounging lifts where they could. Some had spectacular stories to tell, like WO I Naughton, who, while directing traffic during the night action (for which he received the MM), was knocked out by a shell splinter, regained consciousness to find the transport all gone, walked through the enemy's lines and hitch-hiked back to Alamein. There was also a group of two dozen or so who walked all night after losing their trucks, collected together in the morning, and spent some time working on a group of abandoned trucks trying to get one going. Finally one man (Sergeant Felix Crandle) got away to the east on a salvaged motor-bike, reached a British column and told the story to its commander, who sent a truck back and picked up the rest of the party with Jerry already in sight on the horizon. These and similar stories were told to attentive ears on 29 June, while 18 Battalion relaxed in its slitties or sought under its trucks what shade it could from the heat.' (Source: Dawson, W.D. 18 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. p. 264.) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    11 November 1979 AWMM
    Age 69 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Papatoetoe Cemetery, 357 Puhinui Road, Papatoetoe, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM RETUR-PLOT-687 AWMM
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