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Owen Bracegirdle

Group, 2 soldiers in camp; NCOs Course in New Zealand, 1929 Owen Bracegirdle (on left) - This image may be subject to copyright

Group, 2 soldiers in camp; NCOs Course in New Zealand, 1929 Owen Bracegirdle (on left) - This image …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Owen AWMM
  • Surname
    Bracegirdle AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 3127 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    14 August 1911 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM 7 Henley Street, Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr A. Bracegirdle (father), 7 Henley Street, Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Western Desert AWMM
    • Libya AWMM
    • Tunisia AWMM
    • North Africa AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 3127 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      DSO: NZ Gazette, 21 September 1944. Citation: "He has served with distinction in the campaign of the Western Desert, Libya, Egypt to Tunisia and has at all times displayed the greatest devotion to duty, giving his utmost, day and night, making his work of a very high order. His duties for the last twenty months as Senior Supply Officer have been carried out excellently many times under very adverse conditions - bad weather - enemy action interfering with the line of communication and difficulties of the retreat and pursuit. He is cool and collected under fire concentrating entirely on the problem in hand without thought of self. His continued devotion to duty has contributed largely to the success of the operations of the New Zealand Division and New Zealand Corps." AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Africa Star (8th Army clasp) AWMM
    • Defence Medal AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 with oak leaf AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
    • Efficiency Decoration (ED) AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Clerk AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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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

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Senior Supply Officer of 2 NZ Division, 1942-43.

    Second-in-command (2 i/c) of HQ NZ Army Service Corps, November 1943 - June 1945.

    Promoted to Major with 1 Division Transport Co, 1 December 1948.

    Transferred to Reserve of Officers (R of O) as Lt Colonel, 1 March 1951.

    Retired 1 January 1958. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    7 May 1995 AWMM
    Age 83 AWMM
    TimaruCanterbury AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Timaru Herald, 19 May 1995 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Haigh, J., Polaschek, A. (Eds.). (1993). New Zealand and the Distinguished Service Order. Christchurch, N.Z.: Authors. AWMM
    • Timaru Herald AWMM
      Timaru Herald, 19 May 1995 AWMM

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