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Bruce Lewis Brier

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Bruce Lewis AWMM
  • Surname
    Brier AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    22830 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    24 January 1909 AWMM Mount RoskillAuckland City AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 1940 AWMM Mangaohoe, Te Awamutu, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr E Brier (father), Albany, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 2 May 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Greece AWMM
    • 1941 AWMM
      World War 2/wars AWMM
      Crete AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    22830 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Hopu Hopu AWMM
  • Enlistment
    WW2 1940 AWMM
    Age 31 AWMM
    Fencer/Civilian AWMM
    Te KuitiWaikato AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2 POW - Stalag VIII-B (later 344), Lamsdorf, Germany AWMM
      Crete, Greece AWMM
      May 1941-May 1945 AWMM
    • POW - Stalag VIII-B (later 344), Lamsdorf, Germany AWMM
    • POW - Work Parties AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Crete List of 2NZEF POW (MS 2009/8)
      Crete, Greece List of 2NZEF POW (MS 2009/8)
  • Days interned
    Spent most of the war in Work Party E384 in Chromec, Czech Republic Public - malcolm - Child - 7 June 2018 - Letters sent to Father and his replies, plus photos from camp
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    WW2 1 May 1945 AWMM
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number
    WWII 8202 AWMM

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Dental, Unknown Period AWMM
      False teeth AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Deafness AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Beri-Beri AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Admitted to hospitals in England and Germany AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Myocardial infarction, temporal arteritis, steriod induced diabetes and leg ulcers AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Enlisted January /February 1940

    Mrs Brier explains her husbands service: "When my husband left NZ they were heading for Egypt but were diverted to England to help out.

    I don't know if he was ever officially in the 4th Field Regiment but he left here as a reinforcement for it. It was either while still in England or when they finally arrived in Egypt that he permanently became a 5 Fielder"

    The family orginally thought that Mr Brier spent time in Stalag 383 Hohenfels but they now suspect that this was not the case. It seems he spent the majority of his time at Stalag VIIIB and on work parties, going to Lamsdorf occasionally when he was sick. All the letters they sent him were addressed to Stalag 8B at Teschen. They were addressed to: Private Bruce Brier, FS-183/8202 E-384, Stalag VIIIB, Germany. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    28 March 1996 AWMM
    Age 87 AWMM
    TaurangaTauranga AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Tauranga Cemeteries, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand AWMM S 126 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    NZ Herald 30 March 1996

    Bay of Plenty Times 3 April 1996 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland Domain, an Olive Tree (Olea europaea) planted close to the Auckland War Memorial Museum in the grounds of the Auckland Domain commemorates those who fought on Crete in 1941. AWMM

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • McGill, D. (1987). P.O.W. : the untold stories of New Zealanders as prisoners of war. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: Mills Publications. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      NZ Herald 30 March 1996 AWMM
    • Bay of Plenty Times AWMM
      Bay of Plenty Times 3 April 1996 AWMM
    • List of 2NZEF Prisoners of War. 1941-1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2009/8. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.24 AWMM


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07 June 2018malcolmMount Maunganui, NZChild