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William Avery Bourke


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Avery AWMM
  • Surname
    Bourke AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bill AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII C/JX228601 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

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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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
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2 POW - Malai, Malaysia AWMM
    • WW2
      1942 AWMM
  • 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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  • Born and lived in Auckland. Attended naval school in Devonport early in 1940 and was then sent to the U.K. He was a commissioned officer in the Royal Navy, was sent to Singapore on the HMS Electra early in 1942, was subsequently captured by the Japanese and was a P.O.W. in Sumatra until being repatriated in 1945 to Auckland, NZ. He spent some time in the Narrowneck Naval Hospital. Family source. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    31 March 1984 AWMM
    Age 68 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    North Shore Memorial Park, North Shore, Auckland AWMM Ash AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
    'Bourke, William Avery, C-Jx228601', Missing, Wounded and Prisoner of War Enquiry Card Index, University of Melbourne Archives, 2016.0049.05127
    Further Reference
  • References
    • Personnel - Demobilisation - RNZN [Royal New Zealand Navy], Archives New Zealand, Wellington, AAYT 8490 N1/426 (R21465792) AWMM
    • Harton, N. W. (2014). Temporary acting gentleman-seaman. N.W. Harton. AWMM
    • New Zealand, World War II Appointments, Promotions, Transfers and Resignations, 1939–1945. [Extracted from the New Zealand Gazette.] CD-ROM. Ravensbourne, Dunedin, New Zealand: Colonial CD Books, n.d. AWMM
    • UK, Navy Lists, 1888-1970 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011. AWMM
    • Drake, W.C. (2010). A War By Stealth: the story of Lieutenant Walter C. Drake DCS RNZNVR, 1939-45. Auckland, N.Z.: G. Wright; Walter Charles Drake; 2010 AWMM
      p.27 AWMM

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