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Milton William John Ross

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Milton William John AWMM
  • Surname
    Ross AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    7089 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Pre 9 September 1939 AWMM 2 Kamo Road, Kamo, Whangarei, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM 2 Kamo Road, Kamo, Whangarei, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mr F.G. Ross (father), 2 Kamo Road, Kamo, Whangarei, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mr F.G. Ross (father), 2 Kamo Road, Kamo, Whangarei, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Greece AWMM
    • Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    7089 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and 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
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Second son of Mr and Mrs F G Ross of 2 Kamo Road, Whangarei, he was born in Auckland and educated at the Whau Valley Primary School and Whangarei High School. He played for the school's first XV and later as a forward for the City Seniors. He was also a prominent member of the amateur athletic club. Prior to enlisting, he was apprenticed to Burfoot's Pharmacy.

    He enlisted on 9 September 1939, along with two brothers. They served together in the Second Division. He left New Zealand as a Corporal with the 27 Machine Gun Battalion, 1st Echelon. He celebrated his 21st birthday during a fierce Stuka raid in Greece and shortly afterwards was made Regimental-Sergeant-Major of his battalion. He was wounded seriously in Italy.

    At the end of 1942 he won the Wavell prize for gaining the highest marks in the Middle East Officers' Training School. He returned to New Zealand with the second furlough draft and shortly after rejoining the Division in Italy was promoted to Captain and appointed adjutant of the Machine Gun Battalion. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    18 April 1945 AWMM
    Age 27 AWMM
    ItalyEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Forli War Cemetery, Italy AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Milton was my beloved brother. We only knew him as Bill. Bill came home on furlough and I became very close to my brother. I was 16 and he was 25. He was kind and gentle. He told me long stories about riding on camels , in Egypt. and a lot more of their adventures. He talked of his friends, Neil and Freddy. I adored Bill. Everyone who knew him felt the same. I was with my Mother the day she got the dreaded telegram. Bill had been killed. I remember Bill vividly. His lovely smile. He was truly the loveliest person I have ever known. RIP Brother, and may we meet again. Esther. (Ep)
    Public - esther - Sibling - 11 July 2015

Sources

Sources

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
    http://www.cwgc.org
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    • Northland roll of honour and servicemen of WW II [electronic resource]. (2002). Whangarei, N.Z.: Returned Services Association. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 1: WW2 157 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 14 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1944 to 31st December, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 14: WW2 85 AWMM
    • Kay, R. (1958). 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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