John Michael AWMM
Also known as
WWII 14474 AWMM
9 April 1906 AWMM AWMM
Date of birth
Place of birth
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
- Mrs V. Murphy (wife), 10 Winifred Street, Napier, New Zealand AWMM
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
POW liberation details
POW serial number
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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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
- 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
|24 April 2017||Kelly||Napier||Other relative||
|24 April 2015||Bryan ||Hastings, New Zealand||Other Relative||
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