Athol Richard James Garthwaite 19 June 1915 - 28 July 1944 Key details Contribute › Service number19108 AWMM Also known asHappy AWMM ForceArmy AWMM Rank and unit at dischargeTrooper AWMM20 Armoured Regiment AWMM WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Play your part Contribute what you know about their war service and life. Lay a poppy Leave a note PDF Print Share Portrait, Weekly News - This image may be subject to copyrig … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesAthol Richard James AWMM SurnameGarthwaite AWMM Ingoa Also known asHappy AWMM Service number19108 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe ReligionBrethren AWMM Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth19 June 1915 AWMM Place of birthLumsdenSouthlandSouth IslandNew Zealand AWMM Birth notesLumsdenSouthlandNew Zealand AWMM Occupations Contribute › Occupation before enlistmentWW2 AWMMGardener AWMM Post war occupation Next of kin Contribute › Address before enlistmentPre 24 March 1941 AWMM121 Venus StreetInvercargillNew Zealand AWMM Next of kin on embarkationMr F. Garthwaite (father)121 Venus StreetInvercargillNew Zealand AWMM Relationship statusPre 27 June 1941 AWMMSingle AWMM Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM CampaignsItaly AWMM ForceArmy AWMM Service number19108 AWMM Military units Military service Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and Awards1939-1945 Star AWMMAfrica Star AWMMItaly Star AWMMWar Medal 1939-1945 AWMMNew Zealand War Service Medal AWMM Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training EnlistmentWW2 AWMM24 March 1941 AWMMInvercargillSouthlandSouth IslandNew Zealand AWMM Age on enlistmentWW2 AWMM25 AWMM Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW2 AWMM27 June 1941 AWMM Embarkation bodyWW2 AWMM27 June 1941 AWMM6th Reinforcements AWMMPrivate AWMM Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Contribute › Medical notesKilled in ActionCause of Death AWMM Last known rank Contribute › Last rankTrooper AWMM20 Armoured Regiment AWMM Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › 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 Read more Death About death Contribute › Age at death29 AWMM Date of death28 July 1944 AWMM Cause of deathKilled in Action AWMM Place of deathFlorenceItaly AWMM Death notesFlorenceItaly AWMM Cemetery Contribute › Cemetery nameFlorence War CemeteryItaly AWMM Grave referenceVII. E. 17. AWMM Memorial Contribute › Memorial name Memorial reference Obituary6/08/19446/08/1944 AWMM Roll of Honour Remember Athol Richard James Garthwaite by laying a poppy. Samuel Edward Garth William Garth Athol Richard James Garthwaite Charles Patrick Garthwaite David Charles Garthwaite Lay a poppy for 2015 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Athol Richard James Garthwaite Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksCommonwealth War Graves Commission.http://www.cwgc.orgSources Used Documents Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.