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Alexander McMillan West

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Alexander McMillan AWMM
  • Surname
    West AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    8053 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    17 December 1914 AWMM Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 34 Matai Street, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs C.E. West (mother), 34 Matai Street, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    8053 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    7 December 1944 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for West, Alexander McMillan. (Ref. WO 373/8/872). Military Medal. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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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

Biographical information

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  • Sergeant A. McM. West, MM; Wanaka; born Christchurch, 17 Dec 1914; bushman; wounded May 1941. (Source: Glue, W.A. & Pringle, D.J.C. 20 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. p.440.)

    'The hills rose steeply behind the town and from them the enemy could see clearly what was going on in the valley. The crews expected trouble, listening with one ear cocked for the crash of shells or the screech of a mortar ‘stonk’, but the tanks rolled forward steadily until a demolished culvert at the entrance to the town brought them to a halt.
    The doubters convinced and the speech-making over, the procession moved on. ‘The band mounted the tanks …, some acting traffic cops cleared the crowd back, and we headed out followed by most of them,’ says Dudfield. ‘On the outskirts we dropped the band, waved the last goodbyes, and hiked off —a day those of us who were there will never forget…. Next morning we cleared the dead flowers, confetti, streamers, etc., out of and off the tanks and with orders to rejoin the 20th set off the way we had come for Sora, picking up A Squadron there.’ The advance from Cassino to Avezzano cost the regiment one officer (Captain Hart) and two men killed, two officers and six men wounded. Another NCO, Sergeant Boniface, had died from injuries when his tank turned turtle over a bank on the way up to Sant' Elia before the advance really began. Two NCOs, Jim Bell and ‘Mac’ West, won MMs. No tanks were lost and all casualties were recovered. Sergeant A. McM. West, MM; Wanaka; born Christchurch, 17 Dec 1914; bushman; wounded May 1941.

    ' (Source: Glue, W.A. & Pringle, D.J.C. 20 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. pp. 440.) AWMM
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Death

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  • Cemetery
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Memorials

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  • I never met you but my Gran told me that you were pretty awesome. We remember you.
    Public - Hannah - Direct descendant - 8 October 2017

Sources

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    • 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 193 AWMM
    • Pringle, D., & Glue, W. (1957). 20 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.139-41, 188, 429- 31, 440, 485. AWMM

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08 October 2017HannahAuckland, New ZealandDirect descendant
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