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Jack Conolly

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Portrait of Major Jack Conolly, Auckland Weekly News, 30 September 1942. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections AWNS-19420930-18-12. Image has no known copyright restrictions.
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Jack AWMM
  • Surname
    Conolly AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 23076 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    15 August 1908 AWMM WaihiWaihi AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 C/o T.H. Howell, RD, Whakatane, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs B. Conolly (wife), C/o T H Howell, RD, Whakatane, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Married AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      DSO: NZ Gazette, 21 September 1944, citation: "Lt Col Conolly commanded the left battalion in the tank and infantry attack east of the Roman Wall on the afternoon of 26 March 1943. About 1,000 yards short of the objective a minefield was found on the left portion of the battalion front and tanks were not able to assist the infantry in that area. The barrage had passed on and the battalion had to deal with a strong enemy position in daylight with the support only of their own weapons. After heavy fighting the position was successfully taken from the Germans with many prisoners and as soon as darkness fell, Lt Col Conolly organised his reserve company to destroy the enemy pockets still hodling out on the left flank of the position. Throughout the attack he travelled in a carrier organising and leading his command and inspiring them with his own courage and determination." AWMM
    • Efficiency Decoration and 2 bars (ED**) AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Africa Star AWMM
    • Italy Star AWMM
    • Defence Medal AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 with oak leaf AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
    • Coronation Medal 1953 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
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
    Wounded 21 July 1942 during attack on El Mreir Depression, North Africa AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Commanding Officer (CO) of 24 Infantry Battalion, 16 December 1942 - 5 February 1944; 20 March - 22 April 1944.

    Commissioned Brigadier and CO of 3 NZ Infantry Brigade, 1950.

    CO of 1 NZ Infantry Brigade, 1952.

    Commissioned Honorary Colonel RNZIR, 1967. AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Death
    1995 AWMM
    Age 86 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Bay of Plenty Times, 20 January 1995 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. 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. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 3: WW2 96 AWMM
    • Haigh, J., Polaschek, A. (Eds.). (1993). New Zealand and the Distinguished Service Order. Christchurch, N.Z.: Authors. AWMM
    • Bay of Plenty Times AWMM
      Bay of Plenty Times, 20 January 1995 AWMM
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