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Harry Angus McMaster

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Harry Angus AWMM
  • Surname
    McMaster AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Angus AWMM
  • Service number
    26624 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    6 February 1909 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Unknown AWMM 6 Graham Street, Whangarei, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM 6 Graham Street, Whangarei, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs N. McMaster (wife), 6 Graham Street, Whangarei, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs N. McMaster (wife), 6 Graham Street, Whangarei, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
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Service

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Salesman/Civilian AWMM
    AWMM
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Biographical information

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  • Son of Janet Elizabeth McMaster (nee Joll) and Archibald McMaster.

    Member of the College Rifles Rugby Football Club. He corresponded with the Club Captain, Stan Kirk writing 14 letters, 4 airgraphs and 1 card during WW2.

    Second-Lieutenant McMaster was in command of B Squadron's 6 Troop on the move into Celle on 16 December 1944. At this point in the war 18 Regiment was moving from Fabriano, where they had been since the end of October, to the Senio. The move towards this 'miserable little creek, this Senio, not half the size of the Lamone or the Savio or many others they could remember' was a gruelling one. The troops had ploughed through mud and water to get there. In retrospect it had an unreal quality, including the desperately difficult night move. W.D. Dawson's account of the action (from whose History of the 18 Battalion and Armoured Regiment the above account is taken) includes McMaster's account of progress that night.

    'I did a foot recce up the road and was firmly convinced that once my tanks got between the haystacks I would be potted like a sitting duck and still block the road with a brewed up tank. My Sergeant Johnny Boys now joined me ... Together we explored the ground to left and right of the road but ... it was not possible for tanks to negotiate it.'

    However they did get to Celle and McMaster's tank had some success in the street around the church when it faced a Mark IV which took off down the road. Later his tank suffered a direct hit which immobilised it and wounded Sergeant Boys.' AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    21 November 1976 AWMM
    Age 68 AWMM
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  • Cemetery
    Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium, Meadowbank, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Ashes Block X Row 11 Plot 016 AWMM
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Sources

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  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 3: WW2 307 AWMM
    • 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 85 AWMM
    • Kirk, Stan. Letters from members of the College Rifles Rugby Football Club 1939-1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library- Tāmaki Paenga Hira.. MS-1418 AWMM
    • Nominal rolls - Embarkation rolls B-force 8th infantry brigade group [New Zealand Military Forces - "B" Force - Embarkation Roll]. Archives New Zealand, Wellington, AAYS 8638 AD1/1421 (R22440171) AWMM
    • Gillespie, O. (1952). The Pacific. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM

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