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Full Name: John Rawhiti Brown
Rank Last Held: Private
Forename(s): John Rawhiti
Surname: Brown
Also Known As: Bunny
War: World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.: 25821
Gender: Male
First Known Rank: Corporal
Occupation before Enlistment: Stockman
Next of Kin: Mr H. Brown (father), Welcome Bay, Tauranga, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address: Welcome Bay, Tauranga, New Zealand
Military District: Tauranga
Body on Embarkation: Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF)
Embarkation Unit: 28 (Maori) Battalion
Nominal Roll Number: WW2 3
Page on Nominal Roll: WW2 58
Campaigns: Greece
Last Unit Served: 28 (Maori) Battalion
Place of Death: Greece
Date of Death: 24 April 1941
Age at Death: 27
Year of Death: 1941
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Memorial Name:
  • Athens Memorial, Phaleron War Cemetery, Athens, Greece
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories
Memorial Reference: Face 13.
Biographical Notes: John Brown was the son of Harry Brown and of Nora Brown (nee Jones), of Te Karaka, Auckland, New Zealand.
Description of Image:
  • Wreath, 1999, laid by the Greek Community on the Cenotaph in the Domain, Auckland and later moved to the Hall of Memories, Auckland War Memorial Museum on Anzac Day 1999 in memory of those who died in Greece.
  • Hall of Memories, World War 2, Auckland War Memorial Museum, April 1999, view 1
  • Hall of Memories, World War 2, Auckland War Memorial Museum, April 1999, view 2
Additional Information: Next of kin listed in the Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945 as Mr H. Brown, Welcome Bay, Tauranga
Further References:
Sources Used:
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941)
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org
  • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139.
  • Soutar, M. (2008). Nga tama toa = The price of citizenship : C Company 28 (Maori) Battalion 1939-1945. Albany, N.Z.: David Bateman.
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