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Albert Edward New

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War II Hall of Memories Panel  N_003. Image taken June 2020.

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War II Hall of Memories Panel N_003. Image taken June 2020.

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Albert Edward AWMM
  • Surname
    New AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    2882 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    7 July 1911 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 131 Main Highway, Ellerslie, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr F I New (father), 131 Main Highway, Ellerslie, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    21 June 1945 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for New, Albert Edward. (Ref. WO 373/12/565). 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

Training and Enlistment

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


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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Private AWMM

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 November 1941. AWMM
    • Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
      Accidentally killed AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Frederick Thomas New and Sarah New, of Ellerslie, Auckland, New Zealand.

    Staff Sergeant A. E. New, MM; born Pahiatua, 7 Jul 1911; painter; wounded Nov 1941; accidentally killed 4 Jan 1946. (Source: Burdon, R.M. 24 Battalion. p.269.)

    'Nos. 9 and 7 Platoons advanced up the line of the road leading from Castellare towards the hamlet of Poggio Cigoli. On their right was La Romola and on their left the ridge of San Michele. Company Headquarters and 8 Platoon came next, followed by engineers who swept the road for mines to allow the passage of the supporting tanks. A thousand yards had been covered when Lance-Sergeant New, a section leader of 9 Platoon, ran into an enemy machine-gun post near a house by the road. A veteran of almost every battle in which his unit had been engaged, he at once opened fire with his tommy gun, but the weapon jammed. The mischance might have daunted a man of ordinary courage, but, quite undismayed, New attacked the enemy in the darkness with only his fists and then escaped in the turmoil to warn his own men of their presence. No. 9 Platoon at once attacked, while 7 Platoon moved round behind the house to prevent the enemy escaping. Rather unaccountably, the Germans appear to have been taken by surprise and made little resistance. Five of them were made prisoner, and at the same time two recently captured men of 26 Battalion were released. As dawn was approaching, Howden decided to go no further towards Point 261 for the time being. Directing 7 and 8 Platoons to dig in in a semicircle 100 yards forward of the house, he planted Company Headquarters and 9 Platoon in the building itself. An officer of the Royal Artillery set up his observation post in the same place—a fortunate chance for A Company, as his guns gave invaluable support later in the day. Supporting tanks, which came close up to the house and began firing on San Michele, soon drew down such heavy mortar fire in reply that the two forward platoons had to be withdrawn, but not before several of their men had been killed or wounded. The whole company now occupied the house, which was fortified as strongly as possible.' (Source: Burdon, R.M. 24 Battalion. p. 269.) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    4 January 1946 AWMM
    Age 35 AWMM
    ItalyEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Moro River Canadian War Cemetery, Italy AWMM XIII. B. 16. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
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  • 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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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Dawson, W. (1961). 18 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      Military Service Record 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 133 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      New Zealand Herald 15 January 1946. AWMM
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.269, 326. AWMM
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
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