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Ivo Hartley Watson

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ivo Hartley AWMM
  • Surname
    Watson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    63293 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    29 February 1912 AWMM AWMM
    Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Rawenga Road, St Heliers, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Ivo Henry Watson (father) AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1941 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    North Africa AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    63293 AWMM
  • Military service
    Territorials - Epsom Showgrounds AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2 POW - Stalag VIII-B (later 344), Lamsdorf, Germany AWMM
      Sidi Rezegh, Western Desert AWMM
      28 Nov 1941-Jul 1945 AWMM
    • POW - Gravina Camp AWMM
    • POW - Brick Factory Dunderstadt, Germany AWMM
    • WW2
      13 December 1941 AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    WW2 1 July 1945 AWMM Liberated by the American spearhead AWMM
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number
    WWII 28769 AWMM

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Remarks, Unknown Period AWMM
      Had a stomach ulcer yet was pronounced A1 fit. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Measles AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Malaria - admitted Poznam Hospital, Poland. AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Heart and kidney failure AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW2 23 October 1945 AWMM
    War Over! AWMM
    Private AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Had special rations in Prisoner of War Camp Stalag 8B

    According to his wife "When the American spearhead came through, the prisoners guards had already slunk off into the bush. Ivo and his brother Harry went towards the sound of guns, saw an American tank straddling the railway line. They waved their "white" singlets at them, and said "Welcome to Germany". The Americans lifted the lid off the tank and said "Where the hell did you learn to speak English in the middle of Germany?" Ivo and Harry told them their fellow prisoners of war were just around the corner so the Americans blew up the railway line & came & liberated them. Ivo and Harry took a woman's bike to get to the American post. Ivo worried if the woman ever got her bike back."

    Served in NZ 278 days and overseas for 4 years 104 days.

    Received 50th Anniversary Commemorative medal. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    9 August 1998 AWMM
    Age 86 AWMM
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  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Manukau Memorial Gardens Cemetery & Crematorium (Papatoetoe Cemetery), 357 Puhinui Road, Puhinui, Manukau City AWMM
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Memorials

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Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Watson, Ivo Hartley. Second World War experiences of Ivo Hartley Watson and Harry Watson, 1992. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2002/203 AWMM
    • List of 2NZEF Prisoners of War. 1941-1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2009/8. AWMM
    • 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.369 AWMM