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Athol Richard James Garthwaite

  • Service number
    19108 AWMM
  • Also known as
    Happy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    Trooper AWMM
    20 Armoured Regiment AWMM
  • War
    World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Athol Richard James AWMM
  • Surname
    Garthwaite AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Happy AWMM
  • Service number
    19108 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Brethren AWMM

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    19 June 1915 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    Lumsden, Southland, South Island, New Zealand AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Lumsden, Southland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    WW2 Gardener/Civilian AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 24 Mar 1941 121 Venus Street, Invercargill, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr F. Garthwaite (father), 121 Venus Street, Invercargill, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 27 Jun 1941 Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
  • Campaign
    Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    19108 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Africa Star AWMM
    • Italy Star AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW2 24 March 1941 AWMM
    Invercargill, Southland, South Island, New Zealand AWMM
  • Age on enlistment
    WW2 25 AWMM


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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Private AWMM
    6th Reinforcements AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Wounded and admitted to the 53 and 12 General Hospitals. AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    Trooper AWMM
    20 Armoured Regiment AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Athol Garthwaite was the son of Frederick and Emma May Garthwaite, of Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand.

    Athol Garthwaite was one of five brothers who served in WW II and was the only one killed.

    During July 1944 the New Zealand Artillery was part of the advance to Florence. After the fall of Rome troops rested by the Liri river, training and recreation taking up the days until 7 July when orders were received that the Division should concentrate near Lake Trasimene. After the taking of Rome by the Allies in June 1944 the Germans fell back to the Gothic Line.They needed time to consolidate this line. For their part the Allies aimed to reach the Northern Apennines before this consolidation could take place. The result was that as the Fifth Army advanced along the coast and the Eighth Army advanced further inland they found stiff resistance as the Germans sought to slow down Allied progress. From 5 July the Allies encountered resolute resistance in defence of positions just south of a line Ancona-Arezzo-Leghorn and in particular on both sides of the Chiana valley.The Allied attack along this line began on 14/15 July.Within a week it had taken all the strong points of the German defences and had gained the ports of Ancona and Leghorn.The Americans reached the Arno on 4 August and on the 13 August the 8th Indian Division crossed the river and occupied Florence. AWMM
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About death

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  • Age at death
    29 AWMM
  • Date of death
    28 July 1944 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Killed in Action AWMM
  • Place of death
    Florence, Italy AWMM
  • Death notes
    Florence, Italy AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    Florence War Cemetery, Italy AWMM
  • Grave reference
    VII. E. 17. AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference
  • Obituary

    6/08/1944 AWMM

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
    p.126 AWMM