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Monty Claude Fairbrother
Rank Last Held:
World War II, 1939-1945
Date of Birth:
21 September 1907
Place of Birth:
Carterton, Wairarapa, New Zealand
First Known Rank:
Occupation before Enlistment:
Next of Kin:
Mrs Helen Constance Fairbrother (wife), Te Kawa, Te Awamutu, New Zealand
Mrs H. C. Fairbrother (wife), Te Kawa, Te Awamutu, New Zealand
C/o P.O. Box 61, Invercargill, New Zealand
P.O. Box 61, Invercargill, New Zealand
Age on Enlistment:
Body on Embarkation:
Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF), 1st Echelon
Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF)
20th (Canterbury-Otago) Battalion
5 January 1940
Place of Embarkation:
Wellington, New Zealand
Nominal Roll Number:
Page on Nominal Roll:
2 NZ Infantry Brigade
5 NZ Infantry Brigade
20 Infantry Battalion
21 Infantry Battalion
23 Infantry Battalion
28 (Maori) Battalion
Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Africa Star (8th Army clasp)
War Medal 1939-1945
Mentioned in Despatches (MiD)
New Zealand War Service Medal
Coronation Medal 1953
Efficiency Decoration (ED) and Four bars
DSO: NZ Gazette, 30 April 1946, citation: "For gallantry and distinguished leadership. Lieutenant Colonel Fairbrother commanded 26 NZ Battalion during the recent campaign, from the date of the attack on the Senio until the conclusion of hostilities. During this period his Battalion carried out a number of attacks; all of which were completely successful. He was continually with forward companies, making personal reconnaissances with complete disregard for his personal safety, and inspiring his men with his tireless and determined leadership. From 12 April till 16 April his battalion fought five set-piece attacks under barrages, all prepared at very short notice. As a result his battalion cross [sic] the Santerno and the Sillaro and exploited to a considerable depth beyond. On 19th April, Lt Colonel Fairbrother's battalion drove back the enemy on his sector to the Idice. His drive and determined leadership took the battalion beyond the river at a point where a ford permitted tanks to cross. The establishment of this bridgehead and the quick passing across of his own tanks and supporting arms, and also those of other battalions, was a major factor in repulsing the German efforts to regain the line of the Idice. As a direct result of this, a set-piece attack on the Genghis Khan line was not necessary and the advance continued to pursue and attack the enemy. Many pockets of resistance were encountered and Lt Col Fairbrother moved behind the forward companies, made personal reconnaissances and directed the swift attacks necessary. Throughout the campaign Lieutenant Colonel Fairbrother's courage, determination and leadership were of the highest order."
Last Unit Served:
2 New Zealand Infantry Brigade
Place of Death:
Date of Death:
Age at Death:
Year of Death:
Death Notice: Wairarapa Times-Age, 22 February 1997
Brigade Major of 5 NZ Infantry Brigade, June 1942-43.
Commanding Officer (CO) of 21 Battalion, 23 Battalion, and 28 (Maori) Battalion, April - December 1943.
General Staff Officer grade 2 (GSO2), June 1944.
CO of 26 Battalion, October 1944 - September 1945.
Commandant of 2 NZ Expeditionary Force Advanced Base, September 1945.
Associate Editor, War Histories, 1946
Commissioned Brigadier and commanded 2 NZ Infantry Brigade, 1951-56.
Associate Member of Army Board, 1955-60.
Chairman of War Pensions Board, 1963.
New Zealand Electronic Text Centre topic page
28th Maori Battalion Website 1941-1945. URL:
Cody, J. (1953). 21 Battalion. Wellington, Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. Digital copy URL:
Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. Digital copy URL:
Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940)
Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 14 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1944 to 31st December, 1944)
Haigh, J., Polaschek, A. (compilers). (1993). New Zealand and the Distinguished Service Order. Christchurch, The Authors.
Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington: Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. Digital copy URL:
Previous Military Experience:
Served in Hawkes Bay Regiment, 1928
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