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Walter John Heslop

Lieutenant W. J. Heslop, of Hawera, wounded and discharged from hospital. Image kindly provided by Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections AWNS-19410604-28-14. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Lieutenant W. J. Heslop, of Hawera, wounded and discharged from hospital. Image kindly provided by A …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Walter John AWMM
  • Surname
    Heslop AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 31056 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    12 July 1910 Births, Deaths and Marriage
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1940-1941 AWMM 52 Princes St., Hawera AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr. H.W. Heslop, 778 Colombo St., Christchurch (father) AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1940-1941 AWMM Single/WWII AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) AWMM
    "Following his capture at Sidi Rezegh on 23 November 1941, Capt. Heslop was imprisoned in various Italian Camps. At the time of Armistice he was at the Modena (Camp 47). Upon the arrival of the Germans, Capt. Heslop and four other prisoners hid in a false ceiling, but emerged again and were recaptured when they learned the Germans intended to use the camp as a barracks. In spite of his protestations to the contrary, Capt, Heslop was identified as a prisoner when, at Mantova station prior to entrainment for Germany, he tried to wander away. During the journey he assaulted in breaking open the trick door and dropping on to the track near Travignano. For a month in anticipation of a rapid Allied advance Capt. Heslop and another officer lived with hospitable farmers. Realising that this hope would not be fulfilled, they joined a band of rebels, but this was dispersed in November 1943 when leaders were arrested by Germans. After almost eight months in hiding, Capt. Heslop, with the help of partisan couriers, led a party of evaders to Yugoslavia, from where they were evacuated by air to Italy on 17 September 1944." p. 139 AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 1940-1941 2NZEF Nom. Roll 3, p.211 Accountant and secretary/Civilian 2NZEF Nom. Roll 3, p.211
    HaweraTaranaki 2NZEF Nom. Roll 3, p.211
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2 POW - PG 47, Modena, Italy AWMM
    • WW2 Sidi Rezegh AWMM
      23 November 1941 AWMM
    • WW2 POW - PG 47, Modena, Italy Italy Imperial POW Alphabetical List
      Italy, Europe Italy Imperial POW Alphabetical List
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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About death

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  • Death
    1972 Births, Deaths and Marriages
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.211 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. and Pomeroy, M.J. (2016). Gallant Acts and Noble Deeds: New Zealand army honours and awards for the Second World War. Auckland, N.Z.: Fair Dinkum Publications.; P.J. Beattie and M.J. Pomeroy, 2016. AWMM
      p. 136 AWMM
    • Great Britain Army. (1945). Italy : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. London, U.K.: Government Printer. AWMM

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