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Ronald William Withell

Portrait, WW2, Ron Withell (9274) holding the New Zealand Army Light Heavyweight Boxing Cup, Maadi, Egypt - This image may be subject to copyright
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ronald William AWMM
  • Surname
    Withell AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Ron AWMM
  • Service number
    • 9274 AWMM
    • 37350 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    9 March 1916 AWMM MosgielOtago AWMM
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  • Post war occupation
    • Farmer/Civilian AWMM
    • Regular Army Service/Civilian AWMM
    • Horse trainer/Civilian AWMM
    • Prison Officer/Civilian AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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  • Son of William and Sarah Jane (Bardie) Withell, Windmore, Canterbury. His parents were farmers.

    Married Ethel Joyce Withell on 29th March 1944 with whom he had two children, Gregory and Glennis. He married again in 1971 Authie May Anderson

    The eldest of eight children, Ron had a stutter as a child and took up boxing, learnt the euphonium and cornet to improve his confidence. Worked as a farm hand.

    Represented Mid-Canterbury at Rugby.

    1937 – amateur Heavyweight Champion of New Zealand.

    1938 – selected as a boxer to represent New Zealand at the Empire Games in Australia.

    Entered camp 28th November 1939.

    1940 – while in Cairo, Ron won the Army Light Heavyweight Boxing Middle East Forces title.

    1941 – 1944 he was a member of the 2NZEF Base Band, Maadi, Egypt. playing the euphonium

    He returned to New Zealand on 10 February 1944.

    After the war he farmed on a rehabilitation farm at Leeston. He was active in the community with the local Brass Band, teaching boxing and the RSA. In 1955 he sold the farm.

    On 22 August 1955 he rejoined the Army at age of 39 years old. His new Service number was 37350 and he was based at Burnham Camp as a storeman and clerk.

    Promoted from Private to Lance-Corporal – 22nd February 1956.

    Served in New Zealand Regular Force until 3rd September 1960.

    Ron’s wife Ethel accidentally drowned at Christchurch on 8th January 1956.

    After his second Army service, Ron lived in Weedons district, training horses for trotting. He also worked for 14 years at Paparua Prison.

    On the 6th November 1971 he married Authie May Anderson.

    Ron was a member of the Paparua RSA. He served on its executive and was President 1981-82 and later Patron of the Paparua RSA.

    A Memorial Service was held 19th May 1998 at the Paparua RSA Clubroom, Templeton. The funeral eulogies were given by Tom McFarlane and Alan McLachlan, 19th May 1998.

    Remembered on the Ashburton War Memorial. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    14 May 1998 AWMM
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  • Cemetery
    Ellesmere Cemetery, Southbridge, Leeston Road, Selwyn District, New Zealand AWMM Soldiers Portion AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    Ashburton War Memorial, Ashburton, New Zealand AWMM

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 1: WW2 200 AWMM
    • New Zealand Free Lance AWMM
      Kiwi Boxer Punches Notes. (1944, 12 January). NZ Free Lance’ newspaper. page 22 AWMM


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