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John Seymour Handley Commins

Photograph of Bombardier John Seymour Handley Commins, taken on enlistment and contained in his paybook. Australian War Memorial, P02467.953. Image may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Photograph of Bombardier John Seymour Handley Commins, taken on enlistment and contained in his payb …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Seymour Handley AWMM
  • Surname
    Commins AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII QX5989 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII QX5989 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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Biographical information

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  • Son of Alfred and Flora Mary Commins, of Whangarei, Auckland, New Zealand. Source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

    Reported as having died around January 1945 while a prisoner of war at Sandakan Camp, Borneo.

    Brother of Charles Lilburn Handley Commins 6834 and Benjamin Alfred Handley Commins 455549, Second World War. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    Jan 1945 AWMM
    Age 33 AWMM
    LabuanMalaysia AWMM
  • Date of death
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  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
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  • Obituary
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  • Memorial name
    Panel 2, Labuan Memorial, Malaysia AWMM

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