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Alan Francis De Lury



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Alan Francis AWMM
  • Surname
    De Lury AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    810306 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    27 September 1922 AWMM New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM HMNZS Philomel, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs I.D.T. Youngman (friend), 236 Greenlane Rd, Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    810306 AWMM
  • Military service
    Served as sailor aboard HMNZS Philomel AWMM
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    10 May 1945 AWMM
    The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for De Lury, Allan Francis. (Ref. WO 373/11/628). Military Medal. Tending wounded men under fire and carrying them to safety at San Michele (near Castellare), Italy AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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    WW2 Sailor/Civilian AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2
      Faenza, Italy AWMM
      17 December 1944 AWMM
    • WW2
      Italy, Europe AWMM
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Medical history

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Biographical information

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  • Served as medical orderly attached to 24 Infantry Battalion. He was taken POW at Faenza while attempting to remove wounded comrades from the battlefield.

    Resident of Christchurch

    L-Corporal A. F. De Lury, MM; Christchurch; born NZ 27 Sep 1922; sailor; p.w. 17 Dec 1944. (Source: Burdon, R.M. 24 Battalion. p.276.)

    'Our bombardment fell heavily on the house occupied by 17 Platoon, whose men left the second story and sheltered as best they might in the ground floor. The house soon began to collapse, and several men were buried by falling rubble. Already wounded earlier in the day, Corporal Court performed gallant work in digging them out, and only desisted when knocked unconscious by a shell burst. He was awarded the MM. When at length B Company of 25 Battalion arrived on the scene, two men had been buried and killed by falling masonry.

    When released from the church crypt Macdonald returned with his men to Castellare, and two hours later Turnbull led B Company forward into San Michele to share in its defence. Having held its advanced position since 28 July, A Company had suffered a number of casualties, and Private De Lury, an attached medical orderly, had risen magnificently to the occasion, tending wounded men under fire and carrying them to safety in a manner that earned him the MM. After being relieved by a company of 26 Battalion on 31 July, Howden took over from C Company at Castellare, thus allowing it to move up into San Michele and relieve the 25 Battalion company that had counter-attacked the village.' (Source: Burdon, R.M. 24 Battalion. pp. 276-7.) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    1999 AWMM
    Australia AWMM
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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. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 11 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1943 to 30th June, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 11: WW2 33 AWMM
    • Fortune, G. & Bebich, M. (2008). Citizenship and remembrance : a history of the 24 NZ Infantry Battalion Association. Auckland, N.Z.: Polygraphia. AWMM
    • 24 N.Z. Infantry Battalion Association [newsletter]. Auckland, N.Z.: The Association. AWMM
      24th N.Z. Infantry Battalion Association newsletter. December 1999, Issue 125. AWMM
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.276-7, 296. AWMM
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