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Hector Richmond Brown

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Hector Richmond AWMM
  • Surname
    Brown AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    68655 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    12 May 1912 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Grey Street, Fairfield, Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs E.M. Brown (mother), Fairfield, Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    68655 AWMM
  • Military service
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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Richmond Hamilton Brown and of Evelyn Mary Brown (nee Price), of Hamilton

    Rank listed on the Nominal Roll 12 as Sergeant. In February 1944 New Zealand forces, including 6 Field Regiment, were engaged in the attack on Cassino, Italy. Maps on pages 552 and 566 of W.E. Murphy's bookare useful in explaining the positions of the troops.Operation Dickens, in which Hector Brown died, began on the morning of 15 March with a tremendous bombing of Cassino. The violence of the bombardment was frightening even from a safe distance and as events were soon to prove, it was too much and the damage it did was more hindrance than help to the 6 Brigade infantry fighting their arduous way through the ruins (p. 568). Over the next ten days the fighting continued.Facing strong opposition, including paragroops with anti-tank support, the New Zealand forces picked their way towards the railway station.Smoke canisters were fired to screen the activity from the enemy.Before the battle for Cassino ended 6 Field spent 74 days fighting in cold and mud. The regularity of the smoke fire gave the enemy useful information on their positions. Accurate enemy fire on the New Zealand gun areas had the most severe effect on 6 Field which lost Bombardier Rashleigh on 22 March, Lance-Bombardier Tullock on 24 March and Bombardier Brown on 25 March.In the following days, in a fierce onslaught by enemy guns, three more men died.Other units also suffered casualties. Altogether Artillery casualties in the battle for Cassino were: 34 Killed, 132 Wounded, 2 Prisoners of War, 6 Field spent 74 days. What was to be the greatest artillery battle of the war as far as the New Zealand gunners were concerned, continued into April.6 Field spent another two weeks behind Trocchio and then withdrew to Isernia, higher up the Volturno valley than Venafro, where 4 Field were.There beside a river they had a short rest before moving on to the next battle, Sora-Balsorano. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    25 March 1944 AWMM
    Age 31 AWMM
    CassinoItaly AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
    Cassino War Cemetery, Italy AWMM VI. J. 18. AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Hamilton Memorial Park, Memorial Drive, Hamilton East, 3216 AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 12: WW2 24 AWMM
    • Murphy, W. (1966). 2nd New Zealand Divisional Artillery. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp. 550 ff AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      War commemorations in Cassino, 28 May 2004. AWMM


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