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Harry Alexander Coleman

Coleman, Harry (1960s) Beach view. Auckland War Memorial Museum neg. M1649.10.

Coleman, Harry (1960s) Beach view. Auckland War Memorial Museum neg. M1649.10.

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Harry Alexander AWMM
  • Surname
    Coleman AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 16046 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    b. 1913 Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 26 June 2023 - NZ BDM Birth records
  • Place of birth
    NZ Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 26 June 2023 - NZ BDM Birth records
  • Birth notes
    Son of Thomas Alston & Margaret Stella COLEMAN of Gisborne Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 26 June 2023 - NZ BDM Birth records
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1940-1941 AWMM 105 High St., Blenheim AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr. T.A. Coleman, 24 Hinaki St., Gisborne (father) AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1940-1941 AWMM Single/WWII AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 16046 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 1940-1941 2NZEF Nom. Roll 3, p.92 Clerk 2NZEF Nom. Roll 3, p.92
    BlenheimMarlborough 2NZEF Nom. Roll 3, p.92
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2
      13 December 1941 AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Stalag 357 (No. 2), Thorn, modern day Toruń, Poland 2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
      Germany, Europe 2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
    • WW2 POW - P.G. 103, Treviso, Italy Italy Imperial POW Alphabetical List
      Treviso, Italy Italy Imperial POW Alphabetical List
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number
    WWII 140763 AWMM

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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    • Harry Coleman was senior clerk with the Public Works Department in Niue from August 1959 until December 1985. He set up a regular newspaper Tohi Tala Niue and organised a broadcasting station.

      Auckland Museum holds his collection of images taken in Niue during the 1960s. AWMM
    • Reminiscences of a prisoner-of-war in Germany and Italy, November 1941 to April 1945. Coleman, using the device of a third person, Ham, tells the story of his (and others') capture by Germans near Tobruk, their transportation to Italy (Campos 66 at Capua, 52 at Chiavari and 57 at Gruppiagno) and their daily lives in the camps; and then their moves to Moosburg, Altengrabow and Arbeitskommando 7005 Salzgitter in Germany continuing the story until their release.
      REFER NATIONAL LIBRARY - Coleman, Harry Alexander, 1913-1995: An innocent prisoner Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 26 June 2023 - NATIONAL LIBRARY COLLECTION
      Coleman, Harry Alexander, 1913-1995 Creator
      New Zealand. Army. 2nd NZEF Subject
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    24 September 1995 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
    82 years Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 26 June 2023 - Whakatane Cemetery records
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
    Hilcrest Cemetery, Whakatane Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 26 June 2023 - Whakatane Cemetery records
  • Grave reference
    RSA Lawn Ash, Plot 104 Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 26 June 2023 - Whakatane Cemetery records
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  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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  • External links
  • References
    • 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.92 AWMM
    • List of 2NZEF Prisoners of War. 1941-1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2009/8. AWMM
    • Great Britain Army. (1945). Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. London, U.K.: Government Printer. AWMM
    • Great Britain Army. (1945). Italy : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. London, U.K.: Government Printer. AWMM

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26 June 2023Lorraine MonaGisborne Researcher

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