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Terence Power McLean

Portrait of Private Terence Power McLean, c.1942. Taken by Bristow Mawley. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, PAColl-10107-4-01. Image is subject to copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Private Terence Power McLean, c.1942. Taken by Bristow Mawley. Alexander Turnbull Librar …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Terence Power AWMM
  • Surname
    McLean AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Tired Terry AWMM
    • T.P. McLean AWMM
    • TP AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 42486 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    15 July 1913 AWMM WanganuiManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 94 Brougham Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs C.M. McLean (wife), Mauley Street, Paraparaumu Beach, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Italy AWMM
    • 1946-1948 British Commonwealth Occupational Force, Japan AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 42486 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on 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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  • Last rank

Biographical information

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  • Educated between Wanganui, Hastings, Wellington and, eventually New Plymouth (Durie Hill School in Wanganui, Parkvale and Central Schools in Hastings, Clyde and Quay Terrace Schools in Wellington, Fitzroy School and New Plymouth Boys' School)

    First job: copyholder with the Auckland Sun, 1930

    Also worked for The Hastings Bay Tribune, The New Zealand Observer, The Taranaki Daily News, and The Evening Post.

    1941-1943 : served as an officer with the Security Intelligence Bureau in Wellington. Resigns his commission in the Security Intelligence Bureau and leaves for overseas with the Infantry Brigade

    Left New Zealand between 1 July 1943 and 31 December 1943 with the Infantry Brigade, rank of Private

    Served in Italy and Japan with the 22nd Infantry Battalion. He edited and published army newspapers. Of events in Italy he said" The battle they were going into was not pleasant. They knew it too. They knew many of them would not come back. But they just kept marching. Since then I have always placed a sense of duty very highly." To qualify for overseas duties T.P. McLean had to resign his commission in New Zealand and join as a private. With this lower rank he was able to go to Italy. Eventually he attained the rank of Second Lieutenant

    He was sports editor at the New Zealand Herald from 1946 following the Second World War. Played rugby in service matches.

    As a sports journalist he accompanied many All Black teams on tour and covered visiting sides to New Zealand from the early 1950s

    Regarded as one of the country's most prolific and influential sporting journalists

    Knighted in 1996 for his contribution to sporting journalism

    Annually there are the Sir Terry McLean National Sports Journalism Awards in New Zealand AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    10 July 2004 AWMM
    Age 90 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    New Zealand Herald 12 July 2004 AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.125 AWMM
    • Brocklebank, L.W. (1997). Jayforce : New Zealand and the military occupation of Japan, 1945-48. Auckland, N.Z.: Oxford University Press. AWMM
    • Nominal rolls - Embarkation rolls J-force personnel from Italy Middle East to Japan. Archives New Zealand (R22440245) AWMM
      p.31 AWMM

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