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John William Brook

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Karaka War Memorial Hall exterior, 319 Linwood Road, Karaka 2580. Image provided by John Halpin 2012, CC BY John Halpin 2012

Karaka War Memorial Hall exterior, 319 Linwood Road, Karaka 2580. Image provided by John Halpin 2012 …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    John William AWMM
  • Surname
    Brook AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    67105 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    4 December 1917 AWMM WanganuiManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM c/- R.Harness, Karaka, Papakura AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr. W.H Brook, Weymouth Road, Papakura, Auckland AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 May 1943 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    67105 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    13 December 1945 AWMM
    'During the operations between 9 April and 2 May 1945 Sergeant Brook was in command of a troop and led his tanks with skill, initiative and great dash. On the morning of 10 April, while his Squadron was holding a small bridgehead over the LUGO CANAL, Italy, they were subjected to armour-piercing and high-explosive fire from two large enemy tanks and intense artillery and mortar fire. Seeing one of the leading tanks of his squadron knocked out by armour-piercing fire and quickly appreciating the position. Sergeant Brook manoeuvred his tank into a position where he forced one of the enemy tanks to withdraw and, unable to deal with the second by direct fire from his own tank, called for and successfully directed the supporting artillery on to it. This broke one of the tracks of the enemy tank and forced the crew to abandon it. By his action he was instrumental in dispersing what could have been a very troublesome enemy strong-point. Sergeant Brook’s cheerful nature and quiet confidence at all times raised the morale of his men and throughout all the actions in Italy he proved himself an outstanding leader and NCO.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Brook, John William. (Ref. WO 373/14/780). Military Medal. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Farm hand/Civilian AWMM
    AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Rose

    WO II J. W. Brook, MM; Papakura; born Wanganui, 4 Dec 1917; farmhand. (Source: Dawson, W.D. 18 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. p.618.)

    'The Lugo Canal, running on a big embankment above the level of the plain, but almost bone dry, was no problem. The whole of C Squadron, tank after tank, crossed with no difficulty. But just beyond it Jerry suddenly showed his teeth. As the Shermans were dispersing under the trees by the road, 88-millimetre shells began to come in thick and fast from in front of the right flank. It was only a minute or two before the Royal Horse Artillery's mobile 25-pounders were in action, but before they were well into their stride they suffered a bad loss when their OP tank, directing the fire from a rather foolhardy position in the open, was knocked out, its commander killed and all the crew wounded. Sergeant Brook's tank, the foremost of C Squadron, was ordered up to deal with this, and Brook reports: We moved up using tree cover & sighted where firing was coming from & opened up & poured in our heavy stuff, also calling on artillery fire…. All went quiet at that point & we had no more trouble with A. P. while in that area. Both 25-pounders and ‘Long Toms’ joined in from farther back. Later, after Jerry had gone, a Tiger tank was found abandoned not far ahead, its track broken by a lucky shell.' (Source: Dawson, W.D. 18 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. p. 618.) AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    5 October 2013 AWMM
    Age 95 AWMM
    PapakuraAuckland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 7 October 2013 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    Karaka War Memorial Hall, 319 Linwood Rd, Karaka 2580 AWMM

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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 Italy.' (London Gazette, 13 December 1945, p.6079.). Military Medal.
      http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/37386/supplements/6079
      Further Reference
    • 'During the operations between 9 April and 2 May 1945 Sergeant Brook was in command of a troop and led his tanks with skill, initiative and great dash. On the morning of 10 April, while his Squadron was holding a small bridgehead over the LUGO CANAL, Italy, they were subjected to armour-piercing and high-explosive fire from two large enemy tanks and intense artillery and mortar fire. Seeing one of the leading tanks of his squadron knocked out by armour-piercing fire and quickly appreciating the position. Sergeant Brook manoeuvred his tank into a position where he forced one of the enemy tanks to withdraw and, unable to deal with the second by direct fire from his own tank, called for and successfully directed the supporting artillery on to it. This broke one of the tracks of the enemy tank and forced the crew to abandon it. By his action he was instrumental in dispersing what could have been a very troublesome enemy strong-point. Sergeant Brook’s cheerful nature and quiet confidence at all times raised the morale of his men and throughout all the actions in Italy he proved himself an outstanding leader and NCO.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Brook, John William. (Ref. WO 373/14/780). Military Medal.
      http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D7356217
      Further Reference
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 11 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1943 to 30th June, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 11: WW2 17 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 7 October 2013 AWMM
    • Dawson, W. (1961). 18 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.618, 626. AWMM
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