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Ian Hamilton McInnes

Portrait, WW2, receiving the Military Medal for gallantry - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, WW2, receiving the Military Medal for gallantry - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ian Hamilton AWMM
  • Surname
    McInnes AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 1052 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    8 January 1908 AWMM WaipuNorthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM 141 Maunu Road, Whangarei, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs C. McInnes (mother), 19 Roslyn Terrace, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 15 December 1939 AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Medal (MM) AWMM
      8 July 1941 AWMM
      The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for McInnes, Ian Hamilton. (Ref. WO 373/17/450). Military Medal. MM. 1942. The soldier was a senior man in a 2-inch mortar crew in action at Murzuk on January 11. he worked his mortar to within 400 yards of an Italian fort, and maintained it in action with telling effect causing the fort to catch fire. Although under fire from three directions, he held his position and continued to bomb the target until ordered to withdraw. His withdrawal from a dangerous position without casualty to his crew or loss of any equipment, while under close machine gun fire was a fine example of this soldier's ability. AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

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

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Ian McInnes was the son of Samuel and Catherine Margaret McInnes, of Waipu.
    He was educated at the North River School, Waipu, and was working at Portland when war was declared.
    With the Whangarei and County Pipe Band as a drum-major.
    The Northern Advocate includes citiation and portrait in Highland dress as drum-major.
    Though listed in the Nominal Roll 1, Sergeant McInnes left New Zealand with the advance guard, which preceded the First Echelon, and was later attached to the Long Range Desert Group.
    He was the first Northlander in the NZ Army to win an award in WWII. He won the Military Medal for gallant conduct in the Western Desert while serving in the Long Range Desert Group AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    24 October 1942 AWMM
    Age 34 AWMM
    Western DesertNorth Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt AWMM VI.B.9. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • This is a very Complete and touching but sad memorial to a very brave man amongst very brave men / comrades who fought in North Africa it is a very worthwhile read of all of the documents RIP Ian Hamilton McInnes
    Public - lew - Researcher - 6 December 2020



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  • External links
  • References
    • 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 112 AWMM
    • Loughnan, R. (1963). Divisional Cavalry. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p. 234. AWMM
    • Loughnan, R. (1963). Divisional Cavalry. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Kay, R. (1949). Long Range Desert Group in Libya, 1940-41. Wellington, N.Z. : War History Branch, Department of Internal Affairs. AWMM
    • Kay, R. L. (1950). Long Range Desert Group in the Mediterranean. Wellington, N.Z. : War History Branch Department of Internal Affairs. AWMM
    • Sanders, J. (1976). Desert patrols : New Zealanders with the Long Range Desert Group. Auckland: Wilson and Horton. AWMM
    • Gower-Collins, C. (1999). Raids, road watches, and reconnaisance : an analysis of the New Zealand contribution to the Long Range Desert Group in North Africa, 1940-1943 : a thesis presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in History at Massey University [Dissertation]. AWMM


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