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Barbara Alison Browne



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Barbara Alison AWMM
  • Surname
    Browne AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Burgess AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 814720 AWMM
  • Gender
    Female AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1906 AWMM ChristchurchCanterbury AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    C/o F. Hurdley's Ltd., 256 Lambton Quay, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs K. Alexander (mother), 18 Peterborough Street, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 814720 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

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

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Tracey Burgess

    OCTU and posted to Tonga in 1942 working for the British Consulate.

    The following account of of Barbara Burgess (nee Browne) was prepared by Dorothy Gardiner: Barbara Brown married Tracey Burgess in 1955 at St David's Presbyterian Church, Khyber Pass by the Rev. Baragwanath. The couple lived at Matheson's Bay where Tracey built their new home. Tracey died in 1967 and Barbara was the first resident at the Totara Park Village in Warkworth. She spent her last year or so in the Warkworth Hospital. Her mother was an opera singer and her father a journalist. Before the war she had been in Nairobi, Kenya, working with an architectural firm. She returned to New Zealand and worked in a millinery shop in Wellington.

    There was a large fathering at Barbara's funeral service in Warkworth Anglican Christ Church. The service was taken by Rev. Judy Vause and Barbara's friend Rev. M. Claque. She was a well liked church member and popular and active in a large number of Warkworth activities.

    On her return from Tonga in 1944 she sailed with the 15 Reinforcements to the Middle East. She went to Italy and then London where she worked at Halifax House in The Strand, London with Aucklanders, Grace Mckeown and Lyn Page (Ball). They worked with the War Graves Commission. Barbara returned to New Zealand in 1946 and managed Hurdley's Furniture and Interior Decorating business in the Queen's Arcade, Queen Street. She was a founding member and first president of the Returned Servicewomen's Division (later Branch) and was the first woman to attend an RSA Conference in Wellington after the war.

    Later she managed a garden/plant centre on Auckland's North Shore and later worked for the Takapuna Council office. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    26 February 2002 AWMM
    WarkworthNorthland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated at North Shore Memorial Park and Crematorium (Schnapper Rock), Albany, North Shore City, New Zealand AWMM Ashes returned to funeral director AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 28 February 2002 AWMM
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  • References
    • Service Women Project: Sponsorship to research this record was kindly provided by the Auckland Returned Services Association, Returned Servicewomen's Branch; Marjorie Traill, Dorothy Grant, Daphne Shaw and Margaret Woollett. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 9 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1942 to 31st December, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.52 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 15 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1945 to 31st December, 1945). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.21 AWMM

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