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Jack Keith Duncan



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Jack Keith AWMM
  • Surname
    Duncan AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    584617 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    15 April 1918 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 54 Anglesea Street, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs K. Duncan (wife), 10 Great North Road, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Pacific Theatre of War AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    584617 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    10 February 1944 AWMM
    MM. New Zealand Gazette. January 27 1944. p. 61 New Zealand Engineers, 23 Field Company. " For bravery in the field during the landing of the 8th Brigade Group on Treasury Islands on the 27 October 1943. Beaches were subject to very heavy shelling and mortar fire for about 5 hours after the intial landings had been made. This resulted in many casualties to personnel and damage to ships that were unloading. Sapper Duncan, during the whole of this time and with utter diresgard for his own personal safety, continued to operate his bulldozer on and in the close vicinity of these beaches in constructing the tracks vitally necessary for the expeditious unloading of ammunition, stores, and equipment. His fine example was very steadying on unloading and carrying parties. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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

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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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Sapper J. K. Duncan, MM; Auckland; born NZ 15 Apr 1918; miner. (Source: Gillespie, O.A. The Pacific. p.151.)

    'Activity on the beaches was frequently more intense than in the jungle. Sapper J. K. Duncan, of 23 Field Company, never left his bulldozer, but kept tracks open from the landing craft to the dump areas, despite exploding mortar bombs.' (Source: Gillespie, O.A. The Pacific. p. 151.) AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    1989 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • New Zealand Gazette AWMM
      January 27 1944. p. 61 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 9 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1942 to 31st December, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 9: WW2 117 AWMM
    • Gillespie, O. (1952). The Pacific. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.151. AWMM

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