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William Pate Brown

Portrait, in uniform, walking in Queen Street and photographed by a street photographer - This image may be subject to copyright
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Pate AWMM
  • Surname
    Brown AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Bill Brown AWMM
    • AB AWMM
  • Service number
    20721 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    28 January 1916 AWMM LesmahagowLanarkshire AWMM
    Blackwood, Lesmahago, Scotland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 12 January 1940 AWMM 123 Queen Street, Northcote, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr Thomas Brown (father), 131 Queen Street, Northcote, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 2 May 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Greece AWMM
    • North Africa AWMM
    • North Africa AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    20721 AWMM
  • Military service
    6 months territorial involvement AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW2 12 January 1940 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    Labourer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    WW2 POW - Bardia AWMM
    Sidi Azeiz, Libya AWMM
    13 Dec 1941-2 January 1942 AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    WW2 2 January 1942 AWMM
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Frequent shrapnel wounds AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      1 January 1941 : Admitted to ship's hospital AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      8 January 1941 : Discharged ship's hospital AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Joined up the day Ellen, his sister, got married

    Name of Campaigns involved in included Supercharge, Crusader, Lightfoot,

    Battleaxe, Brevity, Battle of Alma Halfa.

    Liberated from Bardia Prisoner of War Camp by the 2nd South African Division

    His nickname was pronounced as aybe(long a) AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    6 August 2002 AWMM
    Age 86 AWMM
    WhangareiNorthland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Quartermasters Section AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: Northern Advocate, 8 August 2002 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Northern Advocate AWMM
      Death Notice: Northern Advocate, 8 August 2002 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.27 AWMM
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