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Mervyn Herbert Crockett

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Portrait, Ww2, standing at ease in the field, Mervyn Herbert Crockett, taken in Tunisia, 1943. - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Ww2, standing at ease in the field, Mervyn Herbert Crockett, taken in Tunisia, 1943. - Thi …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Mervyn Herbert AWMM
  • Surname
    Crockett AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Merv Crockett AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII 66643 AWMM
    • WWI 1/27/24 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    26 November 1919 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 18 November 1940 AWMM 72 Taupata Avenue, Pt Chevalier, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs E. Crockett (mother), 72 Taupata Avenue, Pt Chevalier, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 13 September 1941 AWMM Single/WWI AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Medal (MM) AWMM
      25 November 1943 AWMM
      The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Crockett, Mervyn Henry. (Ref. WO 373/26/507). Military Medal. MM. Citation: "Private Crockett, as Company runner, displayed unfailing gallantry in every action from El Alamein to Enfidiville. In the course of his duties great demands were made on his courage but on all such occasions he showed extreme coolness under fire. Often under heavy shellfire and despite difficulties in obtaining direction due to darkness, smoke or dust, Private Crockett displayed considerable initiative and was always successful in carrying out the duties assigned to him. On the night of the 23rd/24th October, 1942, he took part in the big attack on Meteiriya Ridge. Regardless of enemy small arms fire and heavy shelling he worked tirelessly between Company Headquarters and the forward Platoons. On the objective, one Platoon of his Company came under heavy mortar fire and it was necessary that it be moved to a safer area. Private Crockett carried these orders to the Platoon Commander, passing through the enemy mortar barrage en route. He then guided the Platoon to the new area and assisted in its reorganisation. Again on the night of the 15th/16trh December 1942, at the Wadi Matratin, he displayed the same outstanding courage, coolness and determination. At El Hamma in the attack behind the armour on the afternoon of the 26th March 1943, in his enthusiam he found himself ahead of the main line of his Company. Immediately he took up a position very close to the enemy line and by cool and accurate shooting inflicted considerable casualties on the enemy. After dark, he resumed duties as a runner and carried out his work quickly and efficiently . When no longer needed to carry messages he worked through the night locating and collecting our dead and wounded. In the attack on Enfidiville on the night of the 19th/20th April, 1943, he carried out his duties under very trying circumstances, in his usual cool and capable manner. In the heavy pass of smoke and dust he rendered valuable service in assisting the Platoons to keep direction and in the subsequent reorganisation of the day. A few days later he was half buried in his slit trench by a bursting shell, and although badly shaken, he set a splendid example of will-power and determination, by refusing to be evacuated until the Unit was relieved. Throughout the entire campaign this soldier displayed outstanding courage and devotion to duty and his conduct was an inspiration to all. AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Africa Star (8th Army clasp) AWMM
    • Defence Medal AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 18 November 1940 AWMM Engineer/Military AWMM
    AWMM
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  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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  • 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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  • Serial No 1/27/24 when serving with Engineers.

    Corporal M. H. Crockett, MM; Auckland; born NZ 26 Nov 1919; engineer. (Source: Burdon, R.M. 24 Battalion. p.176.)

    '‘On my right, 11 Platoon had a fierce fire fight with the enemy and actually used grenades, Sergeant Exon and Pte Crockett being prominent. 12 Platoon were not involved to any great extent and gave covering fire. I was pinned down till dusk (about 1800 hrs). It was clear the enemy was too strong for clearing in daylight, but I extricated my coy at 1830 hrs, formed them up and went back to Bn HQ to see what the state of the poll was.’' (Source: Burdon, R.M. 24 Battalion. p. 176.) AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    4 February 2019 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Thinking of you, Grandad❤️
    Public - Sara - Direct descendant - 25 April 2022
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  • Thinking of you today Grandad x
    Public - Haley - Direct descendant - 25 April 2019
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Sources

Sources

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  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 5 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1941 to 30 September, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 5: WW2 52 AWMM
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.176. AWMM
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • This record was partially compiled from information provided by the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers (NZIPP) Veteran Portrait Project. AWMM

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25 April 2022SaraNewport, United Kingdom Direct descendant
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