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John Morgan Mitchell

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Morgan AWMM
  • Surname
    Mitchell AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    22999 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    29 June 1904 AWMM Port ChalmersDunedin AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    69 Rigby Street, Merivale, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs L.S. Mitchell (wife), 69 Rigby St, Merivale, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM 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 citation: "Prior to the offensive on October 23, 1942 (Alamein) this officer was struck down with dysentery. A few days before the offensive opened he returned to his unit obviously unwell. When the battled opened he was again back with the unit. Throughout the entire operation he was hardly absent from the front line, where he was to be found continuously assisting in organising anti-tank defence. On one occasion during a tank attack on our forward defence lines, due to casualties to nearby anti-tank guns, Lieutenant Colonel Mitchell quickly organised a crew on the spot and taking the layer's seat himself knocked out one dank, damaged another and caused a third to withdraw. His quick and gallant action undoubtedly saved the situation which might have become precarious as this part of the line was temporarily without 6 pounder defence. Throughout the campaign this officer has been continuously up and down the front line giving advice and assisting where possible on anti-tank defence. Under circumstances of reorganisation due to casualties and retraining due to the issue of new equipment, he has faced every contingency with determination. The personal example set by this officer and his devotion to duty have been an inspiration to all around him." (NZ Gazette, 21 September 1944) AWMM
    • Knight of Grace of the Order of St John (KStJ) AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Africa Star (8th Army clasp) AWMM
    • Italy Star AWMM
    • Defence Medal AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 with oak leaf AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
    • Coronation Medal 1937 AWMM
    • Coronation Medal 1953 AWMM
    • Efficiency Decoration (ED) AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Served as Commanding Officer (CO) of 7 Anti-Tank Regiment from December 1941 to October 1944.

    He was promoted to Colonel and appointed Commander of all New Zealand Troops in Egypt, in which post he served from 1945-46.

    He was later promoted to Brigadier. AWMM

Death

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  • Death
    21 February 1989 AWMM
    Age 84 AWMM
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Sources

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  • External links
    Murphy, W. (1966). 2nd New Zealand Divisional Artillery. Wellington, Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch.
    http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2Arti.html
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    • Haigh, J., Polaschek, A. (Eds.). (1993). New Zealand and the Distinguished Service Order. Christchurch, N.Z.: Authors. 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 Unknown page AWMM