Milton William John AWMM
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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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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)
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- 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
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