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John Michael Murphy


Grave at Yokohama War Cemetery

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Michael AWMM
  • Surname
    Murphy AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 14474 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    9 April 1906 AWMM New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    2 Selwyn Road, Napier, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Miss A. Murphy (sister), 2 Selwyn Road, Napier, new Zealand AWMM
    • Jayforce Mrs V. Murphy (wife), 10 Winifred Street, Napier, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • New Zealand Operational Service Medal AWMM
    • Military Medal (MM) AWMM
      28 January 1943 AWMM
      The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Murphy, John Michael. (Ref. WO 373/23/445). Military Medal. Citation for Military Medal (MM): "No. 14474 Corporal John Michael Murphy, New Zealand Military Forces." (London Gazette (online), issue 35879, published 26 January 1943, p. 526) AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • 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
    Died of Sickness, Cause of Death AWMM
    Died of sickness AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of James and Catherine Murphy of Ashburton, Canterbury.

    Husband of Veronica Murphy of Napier, Hawkes Bay.

    Prime Minister Helen Clark and Defence Minister Mark Burton presented the New Zealand Operational Service Medal (NZOSM) to next of kin of New Zealanders who were killed or died in military operations since 1945 at a ceremony at Parliament 3 September 2003.

    The New Zealand Operational Service Medal was received on his behalf by his nephew Mr Brian Murphy of Hastings.

    The New Zealand occupation of Japan began in February 1946, and continued until November 1948, involving approximately 12,000 men and women. New Zealand personnel were part of a larger British Commonwealth Occupation Force with a total of 40,000 personnel from the United Kingdom, Australia and India. New Zealand's contribution to the British Commonwealth Occupational Force (BCOF) was officially known as the 2 NZEF Japan, or the J Force during the stages of organisation. While the American forces occupied the majority of Japan, the J Force were mostly based in Yamaguchi Prefecture in the far south western tip of the island of Honshu. All the allied forces in Japan came under the control of General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander Allied Powers. The first draft was formed in Italy and sent to Japan from Naples after training in Florence. This draft was formed from the 2 NZEF troops remaining in the Mediterranean theatre after the war in Europe had ended. Those who were not married and those who were the last to arrive as reinforcements from New Zealand made up the majority of this draft. The draft from Italy was later relieved by a draft of volunteers raised in New Zealand in early to mid-1946, who were in turn also relieved by a second draft of volunteers from New Zealand in mid-1947.Some of the Relief draft arrived at Kure naval base in Japan on 1 August 1947, on board the Dunera. On 21 April 1948, Cabinet approved the decision to withdraw from Japan and from mid-1948 the New Zealand camps were closed or taken over by other allied occupation forces. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    18 July 1946 AWMM
    Age 40 AWMM
    JapanAsia AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Yokohama War Cemetery, Japan AWMM NZ Section: Plot D, Row D, Grave 1. AWMM
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  • We will remember.
    Public - Kelly - Other relative - 24 April 2017
  • Rest in Peace Uncle Jack. From all your nephews and nieces in Hawkes Bay
    Public - Bryan - Other Relative - 24 April 2015



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Pointer, M. (2008). Commonwealth War Graves, Hodogaya, Yokohama, Japan: the New Zealand Connection. Tokyo, Japan. Unpublished paper. AWMM
    • 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 344 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1950). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 16 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1946 to 30th June, 1948). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 16: WW2 96 AWMM
    • Loughnan, R. (1963). Divisional Cavalry. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p. 233. AWMM
    • Stone, H. (1994). The Jayforce experience. Auckland, N.Z.: H. Stone. AWMM
    • Brocklebank, L.W. (1997). Jayforce : New Zealand and the military occupation of Japan, 1945-48. Auckland, N.Z.: Oxford University Press. AWMM
    • Yokohama War Cemetery, Japan AWMM
      Cemetery register no. 80.01 AWMM
    • Henderson, J. (1958). 22 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Loughnan, R. (1963). Divisional Cavalry. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
24 April 2017KellyNapierOther relative
09 February 2017MichelYokohama, JapanOther
24 April 2015Bryan Hastings, New ZealandOther Relative

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