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Arthur Beecher Bullen

Brigadier A.B.Bullen on the left (took the parade) with his brother E.S.Bullen

1956 Anzac Day Tokoroa

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Arthur Beecher AWMM
  • Surname
    Bullen AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 23815 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    25 February 1916 AWMM OtāhuhuAuckland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 32 Golf Rd, Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mr B. Bullen (father), 32 Golf Rd, Otahuhu, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Mrs J.A. Bullen (w.), c/- Mrs McK. Smith, Tennessee Ave, Otahuhu AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1 April 1941 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) AWMM
      DSO: NZ Gazette, 4 May 1944. "At Green Island on 20th February 1944 Major Bullen was in command of D Company of his battalion during an attack on a position in the vicinity of Tanaheran Village. In spite of heavy fire from machineguns, mortars and grenades, he led his company to within striking distance of the position and deployed his platoons in such a way that the enemy was forced into a small pocket on the coast. As there was little daylight left Major Bullen decided to assault the position in order to prevent the enemy escaping in the d arkness. Having brought his platoons to within 30 yds of the position, at a given signal he personally led the attack which succeeded in completely destroying sixty of the enemy. Major Bullen's action in organising and directing the attack regardless of his personal safety was an inspiration to his men and an outstanding example of splendid leadership." AWMM
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Pacific Star AWMM
    • Italy Star AWMM
    • Defence Medal AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
    • Efficiency Decoration and bar (ED*) AWMM
    • New Zealand Defence Service Medal Public - Blayde - Other relative - 27 April 2023 - Military Archives Wellington

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Cashier/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    Wounded 30 April 1945. AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Given command of 1 Auckland Regiment, 1954.

      Promoted to Brigadier, 1957.

      Aide-de-camp (ADC) to NZ Governor-General, 1956-57.

      President of Legacy, Canberra, 1960s.

      President for South Australia of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, ?

      Bullen was renowned as a great sportsman. AWMM
    • President of the South Australian Association of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire Public - Richard - Child - 1 January 2017 - family oral history
    • The above sentence should be substituted for the one two lines up ending with a question mark. The above photo was taken at Tokoroa on Anzac Day 1961 not 1956 as stated - Brigadier Bullen is wearing his CBE medal (at neck) which was awarded in 1960. Public - Richard John - Child - 8 January 2017 - personal memory
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About death

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  • Death
    13 October 1993 AWMM
    Age 77 AWMM
    AdelaideSouth Australia AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • AB as I knew him was an inspiration and mentor to me as a young intern at T&G insurance company. He taught me many things, but most of all the art of leadership, with which he was a master.
    We shared many great conversations, where I listened mostly to his wisdom and guidance.

    We played golf together at his much loved Australian golf club in Kensington NSW, where he won the seniors championship.
    I miss him to this day..
    Public - Colin - Friend - 19 April 2018



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  • External links
    National Archives of New Zealand, National Collection of War Art. Portrait.
    Further Reference
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 5 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1941 to 30 September, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p. 48 AWMM
    • Kay, R. (1958). 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
27 April 2023BlaydeAucklandOther relative
19 April 2018ColinSydney Australia Friend
09 November 2017DaleAucklandChild
08 January 2017Richard JohnAdelaide, AustraliaChild
01 January 2017RichardAdelaide, AustraliaChild

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